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Solar Crisis (1990)

PG-13 | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 14 July 1990 (Japan)
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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Prior to production, producers James Nelson and Richard Edlund brought in Rene Balcer for an uncredited rewrite of the script. 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 »

Quotes

Travis: Those things won't stop for nothing. Unless, unless something stands in its path and then I think that they're programmed to stop, I think.
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Referenced in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

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Travis Rides Again
Composed by Tedi Sarafian
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Not Quite As Bad As Its Reputation
10 March 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Solar Crisis (1990)

** (out of 4)

Somehow this mix of the sci-fi and disaster genres got a pretty big cast to sign on. Set in 2050, the Earth is about to be burned down due to a giant solar flare from the sun. A group of astronauts must try to drop a bomb of these flares so that they will shoot off in another direction but there are people on Earth who want to stop them for their own wicked plans. Believe it or not, somehow this film managed to get a $55 million dollar budget but then it barely got a theatrical release here in America. Tim Matheson, Charlton Heston, Jack Palance, Peter Boyle and cult favorite Michael Berryman all signed onto appear in this film and I think it's rather funny that the producers would spend so much money and not get much in return. The film isn't nearly as bad as many people make it out to be but it's best one comes into it as a "B" movie and not expecting some sort of "A" level Hollywood film. The movie has a rather confusing plot that at times doesn't make too much sense. I think the biggest problem is that there's probably a lot of stuff from novel that didn't make it into the film. The American version runs six-minutes shorter than the Japanese one and it was disowned by the real director (Richard C. Sarafian) so this has a Alan Smithee credit. Another problem with the film is that the special effects just aren't that believable. This is especially true when it comes to the stuff in outer space but also on Earth when we see what's basically the world in chaos as everyone is waiting for their death. What does keep the film somewhat entertaining are the actor. I've always been a fan of Matheson and he manages to keep one entertained here as the leader of the spaceship. Heston, playing his father, gives that tough guy approach to the character and we get to see him beat up a couple people, which is always good. Palance plays a guy who basically walks around like a bum and once again the actor is so over-the-top that you can't help but enjoy the performance. Boyle doesn't have much to do but it's still nice seeing him. Annabel Schofield is good in her supporting bit. SOLAR CRISIS is a rather weird film because you wonder why a "B" movie has such a high budget but at the same time you realize that the material needed an even higher one to really do the story any justice. I will say that this film shares a lot of similarities with Michael Bay's Armageddon and I do wonder if some of the stuff here was borrowed for it.


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