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Deep Impact [1998] (1 disc)
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Director:Mimi Leder
Writer:Bruce Joel Rubin
Michael Tolkin
Composer:James Horner
Length:121 minutes
(2 hours 1 minute)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:44%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: An asteroid is discovered on a trajectory that will bring it right to Earth, killing all life.


Reaction: This is much more of a character piece than the similarly themed Armageddon and it benefits by it.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Mimi Leder => Director
Bruce Joel Rubin => Writer
Michael Tolkin => Writer
James Horner => Composer
Blair Underwood => Mark Simon
Charles Martin Smith => Dr. Marcus Wolf (uncredited)
Denise Crosby => Vicky Hotchner
Dougray Scott => Eric Vennekor
Elijah Wood => Leo Beiderman
James Cromwell => Alan Rittenhouse
Jon Favreau => Dr. Gus Partenza
Kurtwood Smith => Otis Hefter
Laura Innes => Beth Stanley
Leelee Sobieski => Sarah Hotchner
Mary McCormack => Andrea 'Andy' Baker
Maximilian Schell => Jason Lerner
Morgan Freeman => President Tom Beck
Richard Schiff => Don Beiderman
Robert Duvall => Capt. Spurgeon 'Fish' Tanner
Ron Eldard => Dr. Oren Monash
Téa Leoni => Jenny Lerner
Tucker Smallwood => Ivan Brodsky
Vanessa Redgrave => Robin Lerner

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • When Marcus Wolf (Charles Martin Smith) discovers the comet, he is sitting alone and eating a pizza, exactly as his character was doing in Starman when notified of the alien craft's landing.
  • When Jenny Lerner is looking up "ELE" on the Internet, the ad banners on the right-hand side of the screen foreshadow the tidal wave at the end of the film: "The Wave of the Future", "You've got some ocean coming", etc.
  • After discovering the comet, one of the astronomers is killed in a car accident. This mirrors the real life car accident death (July 18 1997, in outback Australia) of astronomer [?] Eugene Shoemaker, who helped discover the Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet.
  • The movie begins in the year 1998, where Leo and Sarah's astronomy club is on top of the hills looking at stars and where Dr. Wolf died in a car crash. A year passes, and it's 1999, the year when President Tom Beck announces to the world that a comet would threaten to hit the Earth in one year on August 16. Therefore, the date of the Wolf-Beiderman impact is predicted to occur on 16 August 2000.
  • A line was edited in the President's press conference scene. President Beck stated "Life will go on, we will prevail." Originally, President Beck said "Life will go on, we will prevail...THIS IS NOT ARMAGEDDON!" The producers later realized that the movie was going to be in box office competition with the movie Armageddon.
  • During the school assembly, one student makes the observation "You're going to have more sex than anyone else in our class!" to Leo Biederman. This line was improvised by the young actor, and the reactions from the other students are genuine.
  • The film portrays the wave that struck New York City crashing over and around the towers of the World Trade Center, which were the only buildings barely above water at the end of the sequence, surviving the wave. After the events of the September 11 terrorist attacks, some television broadcasts of the film were edited to remove the buildings.
  • Morgan Freeman wanted his character (the President) to be wearing an earring. Director Mimi Leder turned him down. Later we see the President addressing the nation from the oval office. His sleeves are rolled up and one of Freeman's tattoos is showing. The director liked this. She felt it gave the President an everyman look.