After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, NASA recruits a misfit team of deep-core drillers to save the planet.

Director:

Michael Bay

Writers:

Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay), J.J. Abrams (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Harry S. Stamper
Billy Bob Thornton ... Dan Truman
Ben Affleck ... A.J. Frost
Liv Tyler ... Grace Stamper
Will Patton ... Chick
Steve Buscemi ... Rockhound
William Fichtner ... Colonel Willie Sharp
Owen Wilson ... Oscar
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Bear
Peter Stormare ... Lev Andropov
Ken Hudson Campbell ... Max (as Ken Campbell)
Jessica Steen ... Co-Pilot Jennifer Watts
Keith David ... General Kimsey
Chris Ellis ... Flight Director Clark
Jason Isaacs ... Ronald Quincy
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Storyline

Due to a shuttle's unfortunate demise in outer space, NASA becomes aware of a doomsday asteroid that is on a collision course with Earth. It seems that the only way to knock it off course is to drill into its surface and detonate a nuclear weapon. But as NASA's under-funded yet resourceful team train the world's best drillers for the job, the social order of the world begins to break down as the information reaches the public and hysteria results. As high-ranking officials play politics with the effort, the drilling team all faces deep personal issues which may jeopardize humanity's last chance... Written by Paul Cezanne <Cezanne36@hotmail.com>

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Nothing on Earth can prepare you See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi disaster action, sensuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is Jerry Bruckheimer's first PG-13 movie since Days of Thunder (1990). See more »

Goofs

The result detonation has turn the Texas-sized asteroid into hundreds, if not thousands of smaller meteors, many of which are shown in the end of the film entering the Earth's atmosphere. This is a situation which is far worse than the original scenario because it turned one impact event into many.

The drillers and NASA turned a giant bullet into a shotgun shell which then would expend buckshot and bird shot equivalent projectiles across the face of the planet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Camera shoots past the moon to slowly zoom in on the Earth]
Narrator: This is the Earth, at a time when the dinosaurs roamed a lush and fertile planet.
[From behind the camera, a giant asteroid appears, speeding towards the Earth ahead of it]
Narrator: A piece of rock just 6 miles wide changed all that.
[Blazing through the atmosphere, the asteroid impacts with a spectacular display of fire and destruction]
Narrator: It hit with the force of 10,000 nuclear weapons. A trillion tons of dirt and rock hurtled into the ...
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Crazy Credits

Portions of the video of Grace Stamper and A.J. Frost's wedding are shown during the final credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The TV version concludes on the runway after the return of the shuttle crew. The wedding scene and related "home movie" footage is not shown. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Friends: The One After Ross Says Rachel (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

When The Rainbow Comes
Written by Karl Wallinger
Performed by Shawn Colvin
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Fun, Action-packed movie.
15 May 2003 | by XJoeySee all my reviews

This movie seems to be a movie that many people love to hate. I don't see why it has such a bad reputation. It is meant to be an Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi movie, and it definitely lives up to this. It is what it is. Many people have tried to compare it to Apollo 13, but that's like comparing apples and oranges. They are entirely different fruit. Apollo 13 is based on a true historical event (Docu-drama), while Armageddon is an Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi movie. It has plenty of action and adventure, a lot of humor, and a bit of romance. Is the story realistic? Not hardly, but name ANY Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi movie that is. That's why they call it Science FICTION... For those who criticize this movie, nothing will change their minds. However, if you HAVEN'T seen Armageddon, take a chance, watch with an open mind and try not to let all these negative reviews spoil your enjoyment of a really fun movie. Remember, a movie is meant to ENTERTAIN, and Armageddon does just that, if you let it!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Indonesian

Release Date:

1 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,089,972, 5 July 1998

Gross USA:

$201,578,182

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$553,709,788
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS 70 mm (70 mm print)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 | D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (5.1)| Broadway Surround (1998)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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