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Deep Impact (1998)

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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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Oceans rise. Cities fall. Hope survives. See more »


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12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1998 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Impacto profundo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,152,375, 10 May 1998, Wide Release

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

The ship that goes to destroy the comet is called "The Messiah". This is not only an appropriate name, but also an inside joke. When the first space shuttle was being conceived, N.A.S.A. constructed a full-scale, wooden mock up of the S.T.S. Orbiter. It was nicknamed "The Messiah" because, according to Flight Controller Jerry Greene, everyone who walked into it said, "Jesus Christ!" in reference to its size. See more »

Goofs

The first thing the present announced at the press conference was "U.S. Ambassadors for every country in the world are about to tell them what I'm about to tell you...". At the time the movie was made, there were several countries in the world that did not have U.S. ambassadors, including Iran, North Korea, Bhutan, Taiwan, and at least five other known republics for which the United States does not recognize. See more »

Quotes

President Beck: We always thought the deadline for public knowledge was the publication of next year's budget since we've spent more money than we can account for. That won't happen for two weeks. I don't suppose I could prevail upon you to wait two weeks in the name of national security?
Jenny Lerner: Two weeks? There's no such thing as two weeks in the news business.
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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 The Sopranos: D-Girl (2000) 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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better of the two
11 August 1998 | by jllb17See all my reviews

"Deep Impact" certainly ranks as the better of the two comet/asteroid disaster movies this summer. Unlike in "Armageddon," here you actually care about the characters, and I didn't find myself looking at my watch to see when the movie would be over. If there was one way to improve this movie, it would have been to show more scenes of Morgan Freeman (the best movie president in a while) and focus less on the plotline of the reporter and her father. Overall, though, a very entertaining film, which cannot be said for "Armageddon."


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