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Deep Core (2000)

The future of Earth is in question when a strange reaction deep beneath its surface causes a massive rupture in the planet's inner structure.


Rodney McDonald


Phillip J. Roth (story) (as Phillip Roth), Jim Christopher (screenplay) (as Martin Lazarus)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Sheffer ... Brian Goodman
Terry Farrell ... Allison Saunders
Bruce McGill ... Sam Dalton
Harry Van Gorkum ... Alan Morrisey
Wil Wheaton ... Rodney Bedecker
James Russo ... Darryl Simmons
Ron Yuan ... Chin Li
James Lew ... Lou Chang
Kenneth Choi ... Wayne Lung (as Ken Choi)
Dean Cameron ... Head Engineer
Donald Li ... Colonel Sun Po
Catherine Kwong ... Phong Li
Joseph Patrick Kelly ... M.I.B. #1
Dean Biasucci ... M.I.B. #2
Gary Hershberger ... Henry


The future of Earth is in question when a strange reaction deep beneath its surface causes a massive rupture in the planet's inner structure.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »


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English | Cantonese | Spanish

Release Date:

21 October 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Deep Core 2000 See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


When Rodney goes back to check on the nukes for the first time, he mentions that there are two "TK421" bombs and a "1138". TK421 was the stormtrooper number Han Solo used in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) as well as the stereo system mentioned by Buck in _Boogie Nights(1997), and 1138 is a reference to THX 1138 (1971), an early George Lucas film. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


References Battle Beneath the Earth (1967) See more »

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As seen on Telefutura, "Deep Core" has shallow reach of talent & innovation
4 December 2012 | by the_glorious_sobSee all my reviews

I've now watched enough movies on TV & in Spanish to set the bar low for expectations. Films as bad as "Deep Core" prompt me to do other activities like play the Wii on another TV made almost-useless by the digital transition a few years ago. & when I do focus on the movie, I make some comments or riffs about how crappy the scene is. "Deep Core" is another silly sci-fi film about how some scientists use a very ginormous machine - possibly worth a trillion tax dollars if it's a government asset - that's equipped w/ the requisite nuclear bombs & one rogue scientist to complicate the mission, which is to prevent some cataclysmic catastrophe that could kill millions, as evidenced by either stock footage of past disasters or modest-looking CGI demonstrating destructions of world landmarks (e.g. California's Pacific Coast Highway or some church in Quito, Ecuador). This also stars two thespians from a "Star Trek" spin off: Wil Wheaton from "The Next Generation" & some actress from "Deep Space Nine." I have to say that now that I enjoy Wheaton as Sheldon's nemesis-turned-pal on "The Big Bang Theory," that silly scene of him taking a deadly magma shower in this movie is forgiven. & I assume "Deep Core" had a mid-range budget, as all the exterior shots of the drilling vehicle were done on a computer while the interior shots look like something in a sketch comedy show. I think if I actually bothered to watch & understand the Spanish dubbing to learn the story, perhaps I'd hear some jokes or double entendres about drilling. But I doubt such comedy would be in the movie. In conclusion, "Deep Core," judging by my 2 outta 10 rating, isn't crappy enough to scare you into turning off the TV. But the dialogue & plot - the scenes w/o CGI graphics - is so unintriguing that it's recommended to do a little multitasking such as eating, websurfing, or if your TV has PIP, watching something better on the other screen.

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