Astronomers discover a comet that they believe will crash into Phoenix, Arizona. They attempt to warn officials, but without 100% certainty, the governor of Arizona is reticent to cause a panic. Even after a television news reporter discovers the truth and threatens to go live with it, the response is understated enough to doom some residents of Phoenix to certain death.
The countdown to annihilation has begun ... And nothing on earth can stop it!
Did You Know?
The TV station in the movie, KTAR-TV, is the real life NBC affiliate for Phoenix, now known as KPNX. See more
During the comet strike, the Hyatt Regency Hotel (with its distinctive Compass Room revolving restaurant on the roof) can be seen crumbling from the shock wave. As the credits begin, the smoldering cityscape is shown (something about the Phoenix will rise from the ashes)...with the hotel virtually unscathed. See more
Breaker breaker, this is Jason Voight, who have I got here?
You've got trouble buddy, this channel is for emergency use only, clear it!
Well I'm sitting here at ground zero with 30 Pima Indians and one Chevy Impala, what would you call that?
What are you doing there?
Oh you know, making baskets, selling rugs, Look just get us out of here!
In the movie's premiere telecast, the sequence showing the impact and results lasted 4 minutes. In subsequent airings, the sequence was shortened to 2 minutes. See more
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