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Armageddon [1998] (1 disc)

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Director:Michael Bay
Writer:J.J. Abrams
Jonathan Hensleigh
Composer:Trevor Rabin
Length:151 minutes
(2 hours 31 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:5.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:41%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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  • Sci-Fi
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Synopsis: A massive asteroid is discovered heading for earth and a civilian drilling team is recruited for a mission to destroy it before it is too late.


Reaction: Visually great and containing a lot of action, this movie suffers from the fact that you don't connect strongly with most of the characters.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Michael Bay => Director
J.J. Abrams => Writer
Jonathan Hensleigh => Writer
Trevor Rabin => Composer
Ben Affleck => A.J. Frost
Billy Bob Thornton => Dan Truman, NASA Administrator
Bodhi Elfman => Math Guy
Bruce Willis => Harry S. Stamper
Charlton Heston => Narrator (voice)
Chris Ellis => Walter Clark
Eddie Griffin => Little Guy
Gedde Watanabe => Asian Tourist (uncredited)
Jason Isaacs => Dr. Ronald Quincy, Research
Jessica Steen => Jennifer Watts, Shuttle Freedom Co-Pilot
Judith Hoag => Denise
Keith David => Lt. General Kimsey
Ken Hudson Campbell => Max Lennert (as Ken Campbell)
Liv Tyler => Grace Stamper
Michael Clarke Duncan => Jayotis 'Bear' Kurleenbear
Owen Wilson => Oscar Choi, Geologist
Peter Stormare => Lev Andropov, Russian Cosmonaut
Pope John Paul II => Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)
Shawnee Smith => Redhead
Steve Buscemi => Rockhound
Will Patton => Charles 'Chick' Chapple
William Fichtner => Colonel William Sharp, Shuttle Freedom Pilot

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In the opening sequence, a little dog attacks some Godzilla toys. This was a friendly jab at the other big special effects movie of that summer, Roland Emmerich's American version of Godzilla which was released a month and a half earlier.
  • The film opened on Liv Tyler's 21st birthday.
  • The convenient existence of a fault plane passing right through the asteroid is not unrealistic. Several asteroids are now believed to be "contact binaries", each apparently consisting of two separate lumps of rock that are just sitting on each other.
  • This was the first movie that the cast was allowed to use genuine NASA spacesuits. The cast are the only civilians to ever wear NASA spacesuits, which cost over 3 million dollars each.
  • Director Michael Bay had the actors write their list of demands on the papers that Bruce Willis read from.