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A Fire in the Sky (1978)

Astronomers discover a comet that they believe will crash into Phoenix, Arizona. They attempt to warn officials, but no one believes them.

Director:

Jerry Jameson

Writers:

Dennis Nemec (teleplay), Michael Blankfort (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Crenna ... Jason Voight
Elizabeth Ashley ... Sharon Allan
David Dukes ... David Allan
Joanna Miles ... Jennifer Dreiser
Lloyd Bochner ... Paul Gilliam
Merlin Olsen ... Stan Webster
Andrew Duggan ... President
Maggie Wellman Maggie Wellman ... Carol
Nicolas Coster ... Governor
Marj Dusay ... Ellen Gilliam
John Larch ... Johnson
Kip Niven ... Mac
William Bogert ... Wayne Lustus
Jenny O'Hara ... Ann Webster
Michael Biehn ... Tom Rearden
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Storyline

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. Written by 2manydvds

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The countdown to annihilation has begun ... And nothing on earth can stop it!

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The TV station in the movie, KTAR-TV, is the real life NBC affiliate for Phoenix, now known as KPNX. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jason Voight: Breaker breaker, this is Jason Voight, who have I got here?
Radio Dispatcher: You've got trouble buddy, this channel is for emergency use only, clear it!
Jason Voight: Well I'm sitting here at ground zero with 30 Pima Indians and one Chevy Impala, what would you call that?
Radio Dispatcher: What are you doing there?
Jason Voight: Oh you know, making baskets, selling rugs, Look just get us out of here!
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Featured in The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981) See more »

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Guilty pleasures
22 July 2000 | by rcw-5See all my reviews

As a kid, I saw two movies in the late 70's about celestial bodies heading towards earth, A Fire In the Sky and Meteor. This movie was quite different from Meteor in premise alone. This was not about a collective effort to avert a disaster; it was about how to collectively get the hell out of town. Richard Crenna played Jason Voight, an astronomer who somehow knew that this desert metropolis was doomed the split second after the words were uttered from the Presidents mouth, as he explained to a group of scientist that the comet was probably heading for earth. Although this movie to me was extremely cheesy, over acted and sometime under acted, and you got to see down town Phoenix high-rises crumble one by one, I liked it. I would have to say that it is one of my GUILTY PLEASURES


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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