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Solar Crisis (1990)

A huge Solar flare is predicted to fry Earth. Astronauts must fly to the sun to drop a talking bomb (Freddy) at the right time so the flare will point somewhere else. Giant IXL Corp C.E.O. ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard C. Sarafian (as Alan Smithee)

Writers:

Takeshi Kawata (novel), Joe Gannon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Matheson ... Steve Kelso
Charlton Heston ... Adm. 'Skeet' Kelso
Peter Boyle ... Arnold Teague
Annabel Schofield Annabel Schofield ... Alex Noffe
Corin Nemec ... Mike Kelso (as Corin 'Corky' Nemec)
Tetsuya Bessho Tetsuya Bessho ... Ken Minami
Jack Palance ... Travis
Dorian Harewood ... Borg
Paul Koslo ... Haas
Sandy McPeak ... Gurney
Silvana Gallardo Silvana Gallardo ... T.C.
Dan Shor ... Harvard
Scott Allan Campbell Scott Allan Campbell ... McBride
Frantz Turner ... Lamare
Richard S. Scott Richard S. Scott ... Meeks
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Storyline

A huge Solar flare is predicted to fry Earth. Astronauts must fly to the sun to drop a talking bomb (Freddy) at the right time so the flare will point somewhere else. Giant IXL Corp C.E.O. Teague thinks the flare won't happen and wants the mission to fail so he can buy the planet cheaply while the scare lasts. Employee Haas prepares a surprise for the astronauts. While daddy Steve Kelso commands the space ship where temperatures rise, granddaddy Admiral Skeet Kelso is searching the desert for grandson Mike who's gone A.W.O.L. to say goodbye to his dad but who inadvertently crossed the path of the men from IXL after meeting desert-dweller Travis. Written by Louis Strous <LStrous@solar.stanford.edu>

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In the year 2050, the battle to save the earth will be fought on the sun.

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1990 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Crisis 2050 See more »

Filming Locations:

Baker, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Richard C. Sarafian was unhappy with how the finished product ended turning out, and he requested to use "Alan Smithee" as his pseudonym to voice his displeasure about the experience of making the film. See more »

Goofs

When Mike Kelso and Kovac fall to the desert floor at the end of their fight, Kovac's wig comes off a bit at the nape of his neck. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Freedom Sings
Words & Music by Les Hooper
Sung by Carmen Twille
Published by Hooperman Music (BMI)
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Crisis is right
21 July 1999 | by AltairaSee all my reviews

What was Charlton Heston thinking when he signed up for this disaster?? Alright, I'll be fair. I rented Solar Crisis (translation: wasted a buck) with an open mind. It had an interesting plot, so it seemed, and some famous guys. So there must be something there. Man oh man was I wrong. I realized that with the opening scene in which cheap subtitles scrolled across the screen, describing the Impeding Doom of Earth. To make matters worse, a voice-over further insulted my intelligence by reading the words too. Gee, since I was dumb enough to rent the film, they must figure I can't read either. Then came the real blow: The weak, weak acting (usually showcased by laughably over-dramatic monologues) coupled with the bland, bland writing, strewn together with the lousy, lousy soundtrack make for one nose-wrinkling mess. Dr. Haas was especially bad, as was the ship's commander whose name escapes me. We are treated to such memorable lines as: "Our only security blanket out there is ourselves" and the immortal "I'm the only one who can ever free you!" Please. Free me, for the love of God.


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