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Story

A great big rock hits the earth, and lots of people die. That's pretty much all there is to it, and most of that was in the trailer. Can a major Hollywood movie really squeak by with such a slender excuse for a premise? The old disaster-movie king, cheese-meister Irwin Allen (The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake), would have made a kitsch classic out of this, with Charlton Heston, rather than a resigned and mumbly Robert Duvall, as the veteran astronaut who risks several lives trying to blow up the comet that's headed right this way! As stiffly directed by Mimi Leder, this thick slice of ham errs on the side of solemnity. It may the be most earnest end- of-the-world picture since Stanley Kramer's atomic-doom drama On the Beach. There are a couple of classic melodramatic flourishes: an estranged father and daughter who share a tearful reconciliation as a Godzilla-sized tidal wave looms on the horizon; and an astronaut, communicating on video with his loved ones back on Earth, who follows whispered instructions from a buddy lurking just off camera---so that his little boy won't realize that he's been struck blind. With Morgan Freeman as the president of the United States. --David Chute

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Commentary by: Director Mimi Leder & Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Farrar
  • Preparing For The End
  • Making An Impact
  • Creating The Perfect Traffic Jam
  • Parting Thoughts
  • Photo Gallery
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailers

Cast

Robert DuvallSpurgeon Tanner
Tea LeoniJenny Lerner
Elijah WoodLeo Biederman
Vanessa RedgraveRobin Lerner
Morgan FreemanPresident Beck
Maximilian SchellJason Lerner
James CromwellAlan Rittenhouse
Ron EldardOren Monash
Jon FavreauGus Partenza
Laura InnesBeth Stanley
Mary McCormackAndrea Baker
Richard SchiffDon Biederman
Leelee SobieskiSarah Hotchner
Blair UnderwoodMark Simon
Dougray ScottEric Vennekor
Gary WerntzChuck Hotchner
Bruce WeitzStuart Caley
Betsy BrantleyEllen Biederman
Tucker SmallwoodIvan Brodsky
Francis X. McCarthyGeneral Scott
Mike O'MalleyMike Perry
Kurtwood SmithOtis Hefter

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Theme(s): Sci-Fi (Futuristic)
  • Director: Mimi Leder
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 120 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 8, 1998
    EuropeMay 15, 1998
    JapanJun 20, 1998
    AustraliaJun 18, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaSep 15, 2009
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 8, 2002
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