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Blast from the Past (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  12 February 1999 (USA)
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A romantic comedy about a naive man who comes out into the world after being in a nuclear fallout shelter for 35 years.



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Adam Weber is the child of an eccentric inventor and his wife. Following a bomb scare in the 1960s that locked the Webers in their bomb shelter for 35 years, Adam Weber must venture out into Los Angeles and obtain food and supplies for his family. He meets Eve, who reluctantly agrees to help him out. Written by Foggy

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She was a woman of the world. He had never been around the block. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language, sex and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buscando a Eva  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,160,263 (USA) (12 February 1999)


$26,494,611 (USA) (14 May 1999)

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The jet that crashes into Calvin and Helen's house is a North American F-86 Sabre. See more »


When Adam drops his baseball cards and Eve helps to pick them up, they forget one card located near the side of the suitcase. When the scene changes to where Adam and Eve start to walk away, the card is gone, although no one ever bent down to pick it up. See more »


Calvin: Would you like a tranquilizer?
Helen: You have tranquilizers?
Calvin: I told you, I have everything!
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References Communion (1989) See more »


I Will Buy You a New Life
Written by Art Alexakis, Greg Eklund and Craig Montoya
Performed by Everclear
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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It certainly is one of the more original romantic comedies
23 June 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

It has never happened, but during the Cold War many people feared that they would be the victim of a nuclear war between the West and the USSR. A lot of those people had visions of living in an atomic shelter for the next three to four decades, perhaps even longer and not being able to see the daylight ever again. Well, it may never have happened, but this romantic comedy shows us what it must be like.

"Blast from the Past" tells the story of Adam Weber. In the 1960's, during the Cuba crisis, his parents locked themselves in the bomb shelter which his eccentric father had constructed for just in case. Having been locked for 35 years, Adam has never seen anything else but the confined space of the shelter. He has never seen anything of the world and has become a very naive man. Now, the doors are unlocked and Adam must venture out into LA to find food and supplies for his family and a non-mutant wife for himself...

Romantic comedies can be found in many forms, but this sure was one of the more original ones. And I must say that I liked it. The acting for instance is more than OK. I liked Brendan Fraser as the naive Adam and together with Alicia Silverstone he forms a nice couple in this movie. Even though the entire story could have used a little bit more developing, overall it looks good and offers some good laughs and plenty of fun for the people who like romantic comedies. I give it a 7/10, perhaps even a 7.5/10.

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