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Deep Impact (1998)

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

Gross USA:

$140,464,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$349,464,664
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This film included Elijah Wood's first onscreen kiss. See more »

Goofs

When the crew of the messiah are saying goodbye, Spurgeon Tanner is told that his sons are both on active duty and couldn't make it. The president had recalled all troops from overseas, so this could not be possible. See more »

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Jenny Lerner: When I was 11, I stole $32 from your wallet.
Jason Lerner: When you were a baby I once dropped you on your head.
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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 A Natural Disaster (2017) See more »

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It Must Be Angel Day
Written by Larry Dean & Larry Weiss
Performed by Larry Dean & the Shooters
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Big budget, little inspiration
23 October 2002 | by Alex-372See all my reviews

Deep Impact is one of the horde of movies about catastrophic events that were released just before the Millennium (Armageddon, etc.).

That said, for the budget that was available, for the cast they had, this is not a great movie. Morgan Freeman, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell, Blair Underwood, Ron Eldard, etc. can't make a wallet out of a pig's ear, even with their talent. Leelee Sobiesky looks like a teenaged Helen Hunt, but the subplot she's in is just silly (puppy love with fellow teenaged geek stargazer Elijah Wood).

It doesn't help either that Téa Leoni doesn't look like either of her parents.

Plot wise, improbability is heaped upon impossibility. What's the chance that the guy who actually discovers the comet is immediately killed in a fiery car accident? And after he was killed, how did they find out about the comet? Yes, he stored it on his computer, but talk about an unnecessary subplot. The writers could have just moved the arrival of the comet forward a little. Then, there is the entire subplot of Téa and her divorced parents. At one point, she even shouts to her dad: "I feel like an orphan!". Well baby, at 32, you must be the oldest orphan in the world.

And lastly, there is the "arc" for survivors. And what happened to the nuclear winter?

However, the special effects of the Tsunami like wave are cool.


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