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Deep Impact (1998)

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Drama, Sci-fi

Mimi Leder directed this science-fiction disaster drama about the possible extinction of human life after a comet is discovered headed toward Earth with the collision only one year away. Ambitious MSNBC reporter Jenny Lerner (Tea Leoni) stumbles onto the story, prompting a White House press conference. United States President Beck (Morgan Freeman) announces the government’s solution: a team of astronauts will travel to the comet and destroy it. The team leader aboard the spaceship Messiah is Spurgeon Tanner (Robert Duvall), who was once the last man to walk on the moon. However, the mission fails, splitting off a chunk of the comet, now due to land in the Atlantic with the impact sending a 350-foot tidal wave flooding 650 miles inland, destroying New York and other cities.

The larger part of the comet, hitting in Canada, will trigger an Extinction Level Event, not unlike a “nuclear winter” as dust clouds block out the sun and bring life to an end. President Beck reveals Plan B: a cavernous underground retreat constructed to hold one million Americans, with most to be selected through a national lottery. Since teenage amateur astronomer Leo Biederman (Elijah Wood) discovered the comet, his family gets a pass to enter the cave, but his girlfriend Sarah (Leelee Sobieski) and her parents will be left behind. Meanwhile, still in space, Spurgeon Tanner devises a plan for a kamikaze-styled operation that could possibly save the Earth.

Director: Mimi Leder

Writers: Bruce Joel Rubin, Michael Tolkin

Stars: Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, Morgan Freeman, Maximilian Schell, James Cromwell

►Cast:

Robert DuvallSpurgeon Tanner
Téa 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
O’Neal ComptonMorten Entrekin
Rya KihlstedtChloe
Aleksandr BaluevMikhail Tulchinsky
Caitlin FeinCaitlin Stanley
Amanda FeinCaitlin Stanley
Joe UrlaIra Moskatel
Una DamonMarianne Duclos
Mark MosesTim Urbanski
Derek de LintTheo Van Sertema
Charles DumasJeff Worth
Suzy NakamuraJenny’s Assistant
Alimi BallardBobby Rhue
W. Earl BrownMcCloud
Katie HaganJane Biederman
Denise CrosbyVicky Hotchner
Frank WhitemanPriest
Jason DohringJason
Jasmine HarrisonKid
Rahi AziziStudent
Hannah LederHolly Rittenhouse
Tucker SmallwoodIvan Brodsky
Merrin DungeySheila Bradley
Kimberly HuieWendy Mogel
William FairGrey Man
Francis X. McCarthyGeneral Scott
Ellen BryStofsky
Lisa Ann GrantReporter
Leslie DilleyWaiter
Concetta TomeiPatricia Ruiz
Mike O’MalleyMike Perry
Kurtwood SmithOtis Hefter
Gerry GriffinNASA Official
Charlie HartsockDavid Baker
Jennifer JostynMariette Monash
Don HandfieldDwight Tanner
Jason FrascaSteve Tanner
Cynthia EttingerPretty Woman
Benjamin StralkaLittle Boy
Stephanie PattonBrittany Baker
Michael WintersNASA Guy
John DuceyYoung Lieutenant
Christopher DargaSection Leader
Joshua ColwellCAPCOM
Cornelius LewisBus Sergeant
Kevin LaRosaPilot
Janette AndradeInjured Student
Ethan AronoffNY Tourist
James E. AshPolice Officer
Matt BennettBackpacker
Len BerdickFleeing Pedestrian
Cullen G. ChambersFather
Charles Rahi ChunMSNBC Anchor
Chris CloverGuy in Car
Billy DriverStudent
Michael EskridgeArk Dweller
Pamela FischerPedestrian
Shannon FrankRefugee
Sommer GarciaStudent
Philip M. GardinerFlood Victim
Bob GloubermanPrompter Techie
Phil HawnRefugee Climbing Fence
Arden JamesRefugee
Jason LameyExtra
Jeff LawrenceMan at Press Conference
Renee McClellanMilitary Soldier
Paul McMichaelStudent
Robin J. MeyerTimes Square Attendee
Jody MillardSoldier
George F. MillerFleeing Pedestrian Landing Next to Guy on Bench
Joseph Ashton MontgomeryAstronomy Club Member
Philip NgTimes Square Attendee
Renee PezzottaBike Messenger
Rachel ReedyPedestrian
Mic RodgersSecret Service Agent #1
Leo RogstadBackpacker
Thomas Rosales Jr.Refugee
Charles Martin SmithDr. Marcus Wolf
Nick StellateCyclist
TaiElephant
Eric Alan WendellFleeing Pedestrian

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