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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Cast

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

Due to a shuttle's unfortunate demise in outer space, NASA becomes aware of a doomsday asteroid that is on a collision course with Earth. It seems that the only way to knock it off course is to drill into its surface and detonate a nuclear weapon. But as NASA's under-funded yet resourceful team train the world's best drillers for the job, the social order of the world begins to break down as the information reaches the public and hysteria results. As high-ranking officials play politics with the effort, the drilling team all faces deep personal issues which may jeopardize humanity's last chance... Written by Paul Cezanne <Cezanne36@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck and William Fichtner are all distantly related to each other. They are all descendant from the same English Baldwin Family. See more »

Goofs

Simulating gravity is possible, but the gravity would be felt only away from the axis of rotation. The way the space station and space shuttles are attached, it would be impossible for gravity to be felt on all normal walking surfaces. And it would not be felt at all at the center. It would be greatest at the walls of the space shuttles farthest from the axis of rotation. NASA has modeled this using 10-30 meter diameter cylinders (like 2001: A Space Odyssey), and with large systems of a capsule, a 2km tether, and a counter weight. But the smaller the system, the more chances of dizziness if bent over because the gravity at the feet and head would differ. 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

All initial UK '12' Certificate videos came with the full promo video for Aerosmith's: "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" before the film started. The video only came with the limited widescreen or even more limited 'double feature' boxed video with 'The Making of Armaggedon' as a bonus video. Also some outtakes (1 per character) were featured at the very end of the credits with text underneath saying 'In loving memory of who gave his life saving our planet.' (The outtakes only came with the initial copies on video.) See more »

Alternate Versions

British TV premiere on Channel 5 (March 2002) excluded the wide shot showing the damage caused to New York by the meteor shower. See more »

Connections

References Mr. Wizard's World (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Together
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Aerosmith
Courtesy of PolyGram International Music BV and Columbia Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing and Sony Music Licensing
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2 June 2020 | by gavinf-36675See all my reviews

This movie started to get me into space movies and wanted to see more. How every aspect is great and how close they get to dying and coming out of it alive makes this movie great


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Indonesian

Release Date:

1 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armageddon See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS 70 mm (70 mm print)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 | D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (5.1)| Broadway Surround (1998)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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