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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.

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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 was a woman of the world. He had never been around the block. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

New Line

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Latin

Release Date:

12 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscando a Eva See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,160,263, 12 February 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,494,611, 16 May 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,246,517
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second movie in which Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Walken starred together; "Excess Baggage" (1997) was the first. See more »

Goofs

The whole premise of the Movie is based on Adam being raised in a pristine environment and taught only the finest manners. During the introduction to Heather at 1 hour and 13 minutes into the movie, Adam extends his hand in friendship. This is completely out of character for any gentleman. He awaits the lady to take the first move - always. It is the lady's prerogative to offer her hand or not. (This custom may be different for different countries..) See more »

Quotes

[the doors have unlocked, and Helen and Adam are thrilled; Calvin slightly less so]
Adam: Do we just go on up?
Calvin: No, son. Now is the time we must be at our most cautious. We wait for night.
Helen: Oh, shit!
[Helen, realizing Adam has heard her, immediately covers her mouth]
Calvin: Helen Thomas Webber! Maybe we have been down here a little too long. Pardon her French, son.
Adam: "Shit" is French?
Calvin: [uncomfortably] Well, it's archaic French. It's a sixteenth century colloquialism, meaning, roughly, good.
Helen: Your father's right.
Adam: ...
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Alternate Versions

An "edited for family viewing" edition was released on video in 2001. This edition was not rated by the MPAA. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. Zoot Suit
Written by Mark Cally
Performed by Flying Neutrinos
Courtesy of Fiction Records/GRP/Universal
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It certainly is one of the more original romantic comedies
23 June 2005 | by philip_vandervekenSee all my reviews

It has never happened, but during the Cold War many people feared that they would be the victim of a nuclear war between the West and the USSR. A lot of those people had visions of living in an atomic shelter for the next three to four decades, perhaps even longer and not being able to see the daylight ever again. Well, it may never have happened, but this romantic comedy shows us what it must be like.

"Blast from the Past" tells the story of Adam Weber. In the 1960's, during the Cuba crisis, his parents locked themselves in the bomb shelter which his eccentric father had constructed for just in case. Having been locked for 35 years, Adam has never seen anything else but the confined space of the shelter. He has never seen anything of the world and has become a very naive man. Now, the doors are unlocked and Adam must venture out into LA to find food and supplies for his family and a non-mutant wife for himself...

Romantic comedies can be found in many forms, but this sure was one of the more original ones. And I must say that I liked it. The acting for instance is more than OK. I liked Brendan Fraser as the naive Adam and together with Alicia Silverstone he forms a nice couple in this movie. Even though the entire story could have used a little bit more developing, overall it looks good and offers some good laughs and plenty of fun for the people who like romantic comedies. I give it a 7/10, perhaps even a 7.5/10.


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