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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, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.

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Michael Bay

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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

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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All the time in the world is all they've got. 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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$201,573,391, 6 December 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$553,709,788, 12 August 2012
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| (director's cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The church at the end of the movie is St. Brendan Church. See more »

Goofs

The command center's "countdown" clock, goes the zero (at the last second Harry sacrifices himself, blowing up the asteroid), but the asteroid is still far away from Earth. This is because it is NOT counting down till the asteroid hits the Earth, it's counting down till the asteroid reaches "zero barrier", which is the moment Earth cannot be saved, no matter what. (It's also explained in dialog that after the asteroid reaches "zero barrier", in less than four hours it will impact Earth). 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 ...
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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

Referenced in Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Leaving On A Jet Plane
(uncredited)
Written by John Denver
Performed by Ben Affleck, Michael Clarke Duncan, Steve Buscemi and Ken Hudson Campbell
(Sung by AJ and crew members to Grace before the shuttle launch)
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I agree that this film is stupid but I was entertained
22 July 2009 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

After some silly opening narration by Charlton Heston the story starts. According to this an asteroid the size of Texas is going to hit the Earth in 13 days. If it hits it will destroy the entire planet. (I know I know--just go with it) So NASA (led by a slumming Bily Bob Thornton) hires a group of oil drillers (led by Bruce Willis), trains them how to work in outer space, sets them off to drill a hole in the asteroid, set explosives and get the hell out of there...all in 11 days. Also, before the asteroid hits, meteors are coming down and virtually wiping out major cities like New York and Shanghai.

As you can see logic disappears pretty quick in this one. Director Michael Bay has said he makes movies for teenage boys. That's no surprise. There's LOTS of explosions here, lots of masculine men fighting each other and a plot dumbed down so anyone can understand it. There's also a hysterically funny "love" story between Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler (their goodbye scene using Animal Crackers has become a classic of bad cinema). Despite all this the movie WAS a huge hit. I saw it in a theatre back in 1998. It was a ridiculously stupid movie but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't entertained. It pounds you into submission with some incredible widescreen imagery, LOUD stereo sound and some truly unbelievable special effects. After a while you ignore the stupid story and just sort of go with it. As for characterizations--well who needs that? All of the actors are playing walking, talking clichés. There's not one person that acts like a normal human being. Liv Tyler tries but the script is stacked against her. Also I LOVE how she's allowed to casually stroll around the top secret NASA facility while her father and boyfriend are on the mission! The acting is as good as it can be. Willis delivers his regular one note performance; Thornton doesn't take this seriously for a moment; Tyler tries; Affleck looks lost and Steve Buscemi, Owen Wilson, Will Patton and Michael Clarke Duncan basically hit their marks and say their lines. So this movie is big, loud, stupid and far too long but it WAS entertaining. Just turn off your mind, sit back and watch things blow up. I give it a 7.


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