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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

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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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After 35 years in a bomb shelter, Adam Webber is finally going outside to play. See more »


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

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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:

Buscando a Eva See more »

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

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Eve storms out of the house leaving the door open. Moments later, when she and Adam enter the house, she opens the door. See more »

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Eve: Now hold on, hold on just a minute! In the first place I do not fall in love with weirdos who I've only known for four or five days!
Troy: Yes you do.
Eve: And I don't fall in love with grown men who collect baseball cards!
Troy: Yes you do.
Eve: Or pee in their pants when they see the ocean!
Troy: Yes you do.
Eve: Or have perfect table manners!
Troy: You know, I asked him about that. He said, good manners are just a way of showing other people we have respect for them. See, I didn't know that, I thought it was just a way of acting ...
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References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

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Blast from the Past: 7/10
17 February 2004 | by movieguy1021See all my reviews

There surely is a lack of originality in movies now. Romantic comedies always seem to have the girl outwit the guy, the guy persisting, and then they finally get together. That's exactly the case in Blast from the Past, except that the guy has been living in a bomb shelter for all of his life. It's a joke that could work for a five minute sketch, or it might just flop overall, but that's not the case here. It's a simple romantic comedy with a huge twist thrown in, which works to the movie's advantage.

Adam (Brendan Fraser) had lived in a fallout shelter for all of his life, because his father (Christopher Walken) thought a nuclear bomb was dropped on the house. 35 years afterwards, Adam goes up to bring supplies and meet a girl, which he does. Eve (Alicia Silverstone) is a feisty, typical 90's American, but since Adam had never met anyone else besides his parents, he just accepts it. Soon he falls in love with her (hence, Adam and Eve), but the reverse is not the same. Will he convince her? Only the cliché on romantic comedies will tell us!

Blast from the Past is surprisingly lightweight romcom. It never goes to take itself seriously, which helps keep the mood light, which is what it's supposed to be. At times it gets silly, including a Benny Hill-ish chase scene, and the obligatory man-who-can't-drive-car-drives-car-wildly scene. A scenario like this could easily descend into heartstring-plucking land, but thankfully stays on the top, and over the top. Director Hugh Wilson, whose resumé includes such movies as the original Police Academy and The First Wives Club, can keep a movie that could turn drastically wrong on the right track.

Fraser is great. It really seemed like he was brought up in a fallout shelter. His mannerisms were all from the sixties, and the way he acted was exactly on key. Silverstone was okay, but nowhere near as good as Walken and Sissy Spacek as Adam's parents. They embody their roles as people who have to live in the same space for 35 years. This movie is everything romantic comedies today don't have: no crude humor, funny lines, good acting, and a fun story. People could really learn a lesson from watching Blast from the Past.

My rating: 7/10

Rated PG-13 for brief language, sex and drug references.


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