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Armageddon (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 1 July 1998 (USA)
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After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, NASA recruits a misfit team of deep-core drillers to save the planet.

Director:

Michael Bay

Writers:

Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay), J.J. Abrams (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Harry S. Stamper
Billy Bob Thornton ... Dan Truman
Ben Affleck ... A.J. Frost
Liv Tyler ... Grace Stamper
Will Patton ... Chick
Steve Buscemi ... Rockhound
William Fichtner ... Colonel Willie Sharp
Owen Wilson ... Oscar
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Bear
Peter Stormare ... Lev Andropov
Ken Hudson Campbell ... Max (as Ken Campbell)
Jessica Steen ... Co-Pilot Jennifer Watts
Keith David ... General Kimsey
Chris Ellis ... Flight Director Clark
Jason Isaacs ... Ronald Quincy
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Storyline

It is just another day at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a few astronauts were repairing a satellite until, out of nowhere, a series of asteroids came crashing into the shuttle, destroying it. These asteroids also decimated New York soon thereafter. Then, NASA discovered that there is an asteroid roughly the size of Texas heading towards the Earth, and when it does hit the Earth, the planet itself and all of its inhabitants will be obliterated, worse, the asteroid will hit the Earth in 18 days. Unfortunately, NASA's plans to destroy the asteroid are irrelevant. That is when the U.S. military decides to use a nuclear warhead to blow the asteroid to pieces. Then, scientists decide to blow the asteroid with the warhead inside the asteroid itself. The only man to do it, is an oil driller named Harry Stamper and his group of misfit drillers and geologists. As he and his drill team prepare for space excavation, the asteroid is still heading towards the Earth. When... Written by John Wiggins

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Time To Kick Some Asteroid See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi disaster action, sensuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

By the time principal photography began in Kadoka, South Dakota, Michael Bay and the crew had already shot thousands of feet of film. See more »

Goofs

There are numerous errors in Shuttle procedure and in the depiction of space flight. See trivia. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Camera shoots past the moon to slowly zoom in on the Earth]
Narrator: This is the Earth, at a time when the dinosaurs roamed a lush and fertile planet.
[From behind the camera, a giant asteroid appears, speeding towards the Earth ahead of it]
Narrator: A piece of rock just 6 miles wide changed all that.
[Blazing through the atmosphere, the asteroid impacts with a spectacular display of fire and destruction]
Narrator: It hit with the force of 10,000 nuclear weapons. A trillion tons of dirt and rock hurtled into the ...
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Crazy Credits

Portions of the video of Grace Stamper and A.J. Frost's wedding are shown during the final credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The TV version concludes on the runway after the return of the shuttle crew. The wedding scene and related "home movie" footage is not shown. See more »


Soundtracks

Roll Me Away
Written by Bob Seger
Performed by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

An awesome movie
24 August 1999 | by LanieGSee all my reviews

First and foremost, it was great to see Bruce Willis doing something that didn't involve him rolling on the floor, machine guns blazing.

I have to agree and disagree with some of the comments posted about this movie. While it wasn't original and overly creative in its theme, I have to disagree that the movie doesn't make you think. My advice to those who missed the message? Rent the movie again, and this time, pay attention. Really folks, what would you do if you had 36 hours to live. Where would you be? Most of us don't know the answer to this, and those of us who do, would like to forget.

All that aside, I think the special effects in this movie were spectular, and even the side-line characters were interesting. And, wasn't it nice to have ONE government official - thank you Billy Bob Thorton - that had a touch of humanity in him?

All in all this movie kept going...would I let the man I love get on that spaceship? That's another story.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

1 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,089,972, 5 July 1998

Gross USA:

$201,578,182

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$553,709,788
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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