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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Navy Pilot


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


After 35 years in a bomb shelter, Adam Webber is finally going outside to play. 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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


In the fallout shelter, the father sets up a mock television with a film projector and a rear projection screen. He makes a point of saying that it uses a mirror, and the image (an episode of "The Honeymooners") is shown reversed. However, with that setup (which was relatively common back in the 1970s) the image would be normal, not reversed, because viewing through the rear screen is the second reversal. See more »


Adam: I think I'm being chased by a psychiatrist.
Soda Jerk: It happens.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »


Round and Round
Written by Lou Stallman and Joe Shapiro
Performed by Perry Como
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Brilliant comedy
20 July 2000 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

What a wonderful film! "Blast from the Past" is charming, sweet, and hilarious. Very funny. The premise is original and interesting, and I thought the film was engrossing and thoroughly entertaining -- I laughed out loud several times. Brendan Fraser is perfectly cast as the goofy, innocent Adam. Alicia Silverstone is better than she's ever been, I'm certainly no fan of her, but she did a more than okay job in this film. But the really ingenious casting decision was to give the roles of Adam's parents to Sissy Spacek and the always brilliant Christopher Walken -- I dare say that the casting of Spacek and Walken in this film is the _opposite_ of type casting, :-).

I really, really liked this film because it is genuinely entertaining, and it is never boring. Brilliant comedy in other words. (8/10)

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