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Deep Impact (1998)

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Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Spurgeon Tanner
Téa Leoni ... Jenny Lerner
Elijah Wood ... Leo Biederman
Vanessa Redgrave ... Robin Lerner
Morgan Freeman ... President Beck
Maximilian Schell ... Jason Lerner
James Cromwell ... Alan Rittenhouse
Ron Eldard ... Oren Monash
Jon Favreau ... Gus Partenza
Laura Innes ... Beth Stanley
Mary McCormack ... Andrea Baker
Richard Schiff ... Don Biederman
Leelee Sobieski ... Sarah Hotchner
Blair Underwood ... Mark Simon
Dougray Scott ... Eric Vennekor
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Storyline

Journalist Jenny Lerner is assigned to look into the background of Secretary Alan Rittenhouse who abruptly resigned from government citing his wife's ill health. She learns from his secretary that Rittenhouse was having an affair with someone named Ellie but when she confronts him, his strange reaction leads her to reconsider her story. In fact, a comet, discovered the previous year by high school student Leo Biederman and astronomer Dr. Marcus Wolf, is on a collision course with the Earth, an Extinction Level Event. A joint US-Russian team is sent to destroy the comet but should it fail, special measures are to be put in place to secure the future of mankind. As the space mission progresses, many individuals deal with their fears and ponder their future. Written by garykmcd

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Heaven and Earth are about to collide. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense disaster related elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Impact See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,152,375, 10 May 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$140,464,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$349,464,664
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Just before the movie's release, astronomers announced that the asteroid 1997 XF11, about one mile across, will impact the Earth at a speed of over one hundred thousand miles (one hundred sixty-one thousand kilometers) per hour at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2028, greatly boosting ticket sales. Just after the movie's release, a new orbit (based on a sighting from many years before) predicted that 1997 XF11 will miss by six hundred thousand miles (nine hundred sixty-five thousand kilometers). See more »

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The trajectory of the comet showed it several times heading directly at the earth, not skimming the atmosphere with fire and smoke and then taking a sudden plunge into the Atlantic Ocean as shown, changing direction at the last minute, which is an impossibility. In reality, the comet would take less than two seconds for it to flash boil millions of gallons of surrounding water as it directly impacted the ocean floor. What is more, the tidal wave would have taken a bit longer to affect Virginia than it did, when it is shown flooding the area as the same time as New York. See more »

Quotes

Robin Lerner: [to Jenny about wedding] Jason says "Lie lie lie lie, til death do us part" blah blah blah. And she says yes, and he says yes and it's kissie kissie kissie and congratulations.
[deep sigh]
Robin Lerner: Jenny, you now have a stepmother who is two years older than you.
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Crazy Credits

The opening DreamWorks logo ends with the clouds in the logo fading away to show the stars in space in the background, and the title words DEEP IMPACT are filled with a view of the Earth. See more »

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Referenced in Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017) See more »

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Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
Written by Bart Howard
Performed by Tom Jones
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Superior to 'Armageddon'
26 August 2006 | by cosmic_questSee all my reviews

It seems 1998 was the year Hollywood turned to the idea of the world being decimated by objects from outer space to fuel their disaster films. Both 'Deep Impact' and 'Armageddon' were released in that year but while I did enjoy the thrill and special effects of the latter film, I find 'Deep Impact' the superior of the two.

The film begins when a teenage amateur astronomer discover a comet on a direct collision course for the Earth. The world is then thrown into turmoil has humanity has to accept their possible extinction. While NASA sends a shuttle up with the intention to try to blow the comet to bits, the US government selects people to be saved in a cave they are building to withstand the event. Focusing on various unrelated characters, the film shows how people react differently to the destruction of all that they know.

The brilliant cast, including Morgan Freeman, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Devall, Elijah Wood, Ron Eldard and many others, all given great depictions of their characters. It is because of their ability to bring their respective characters to life that 'Deep Impact' stands up so well as it is a very emotional and character driven story, as opposed to 'Armageddon', which relied much more on humour and special effects to sell it. Téa Leoni is the only one who doesn't shine through like her co-stars as her performance is quite bland and doesn't capture her character's turbulent emotions. However, as the rest of the cast give great performances, it's easy to overlook her. And even though there is much attention given to establishing the characters doesn't mean the film skimps when it comes to the special effects. Both the scenes in space and those on Earth when the comet hits the planet are well-handled visually. It features some of the best special effects of planetary annihilation that I've ever seen (and I'm a big fan of these disaster flicks).

What makes 'Deep Impact' rather unique in terms of disaster films is that it gives a very human side to tragedy and devastation by showing how ordinary people cope in times of crisis but it avoids the trap of being trite and overly-sentimental. It's a shame the film is so underrated then as it is a film that would appeal to sci-fi fans and those seeking an interesting story with strong characters.


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