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Blast from the Past (1999)

A naive man comes out into the world after spending 35 years in a nuclear fallout shelter.

Director:

Hugh Wilson

Writers:

Bill Kelly (story), Bill Kelly (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Adam
Alicia Silverstone ... Eve
Christopher Walken ... Calvin
Sissy Spacek ... Helen
Dave Foley ... Troy
Joey Slotnick ... Soda Jerk
Dale Raoul ... Mom
Hayden Tank ... Adam age 3½
Douglas Smith ... Adam age 11
Ryan Sparks Ryan Sparks ... Adam age 8
Don Yesso ... Jerry
Scott Thomson ... Young Psycho
Ted Kairys Ted Kairys ... Navy Pilot
Rex Linn ... Dave
Cynthia Mace ... Betty
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Storyline

Adam Weber is the child of an eccentric inventor and his wife. Following a bomb scare in the 1960s that locked the Webers in their bomb shelter for 35 years, Adam Weber must venture out into Los Angeles and obtain food and supplies for his family. He meets Eve, who reluctantly agrees to help him out. Written by Foggy

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She'd never met anyone like him. He's never met anyone... Period. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for brief language, sex and drug references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In keeping with the theme that the late 90s are a "new world" for the Webers, the main characters are named Adam and Eve. Other characters also have mythical names, such as Helen and Troy. The name Weber is German for "weaver," which may suggest the unusual way in which these characters' lives are woven together. See more »

Goofs

When Adam gets his first ever view of the ocean we see a sailboat going slowly not too far off shore. They make a quick cut back to Adam to see his excited look then one second later they cut back to the same ocean shot and the sailboat is nowhere in sight. See more »

Quotes

Eve: Rule number one in North America: no strangers in the car.
Adam: Well if it will make you feel any better, I don't have a gun.
Eve: Oh, well that changes everything.
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Alternate Versions

In the U.K. the widescreen version of the VHS runs 10 minutes longer than the pan n' scan version. Additional scenes include:
  • When Calvin goes up to the world for the first time in 35 years, he sees a guy looking for food in bins.
  • When Adam and Eve tell his parents to shut the locks for 2 months, the scene goes on where they ask them to at least stay for dinner. Here, we see Calvin telling Adam a joke, Eve helping out in the kitchen, Adam getting a brief explanation about human reproduction and Eve telling Helen that she's from Pasadena.
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Connections

References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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User Reviews

Blast of fresh air
28 March 2004 | by MichaelOatesSee all my reviews

Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone are on screen gems in their aptly named characters Adam and Eve. Everything about "Blast From The Past" was superb from the casting of Christopher Walken, Sissy Spacek and Dave Foley to the outstanding performances by everyone made this film so enjoyable.

I could not find one thing wrong with this film because it was that good. Everything in this film was a breath of fresh air and I'm glad I saw this film. Through this movie, it has given me respect for Walken, who has become one of my favorite actors in Hollywood.

The performances by the cast were real and honest. Also, everyone seemed to enjoy each other's company as well as performing in this movie and it showed; furthermore, it also showed up in the box office and rental receipts as people couldn't get enough of this great comedy.

"Blast From The Past" is a worthwhile comedy that deserves everyone's attention. Two thumbs WAY up.


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Official Sites:

New Line

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Latin

Release Date:

12 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,771,066, 14 February 1999

Gross USA:

$26,511,114

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,263,020
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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