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Armageddon (1998)

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After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. 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

It is just another day at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a few astronauts were repairing a satellite until, out of nowhere, a series of asteroids came crashing into the shuttle, destroying it. These asteroids also decimated New York soon thereafter. Then, NASA discovered that there is an asteroid roughly the size of Texas heading towards the Earth, and when it does hit the Earth, the planet itself and all of its inhabitants will be obliterated, worse, the asteroid will hit the Earth in 18 days. Unfortunately, NASA's plans to destroy the asteroid are irrelevant. That is when the U.S. military decides to use a nuclear warhead to blow the asteroid to pieces. Then, scientists decide to blow the asteroid with the warhead inside the asteroid itself. The only man to do it, is an oil driller named Harry Stamper and his group of misfit drillers and geologists. As he and his drill team prepare for space excavation, the asteroid is still heading towards the Earth. When... Written by John Wiggins

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School's out..... forever. See more »


Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Indonesian

Release Date:

9 July 1998 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Armagedon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,089,972, 5 July 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$201,573,391, 6 December 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$553,709,788, 12 August 2012
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Bay says on the commentary that this was one of perhaps two or so films a year that shot over a million feet of Kodak film. He says that in these cases, the production company is sent a gift of six bottles of Korbel (Champagne) at around ten dollars per bottle. This may be down to limits on the value of "business gifts" that can be freely given. See more »

Goofs

When the up link is disconnected, the computer flashes OVERRRIDE - adding an extra R to the word "Override". 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 ...
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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

Criterion's two-DVDs version features the longer director's cut with added dialogue and footage, including a scene between Harry Stamper and his father (played by Lawrence Tierney.) A second DVD with supplemental material is included, with additional deleted scenes, outtakes and bloopers. See more »

Connections

References Captain America (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Together
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Aerosmith
Courtesy of PolyGram International Music BV and Columbia Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing and Sony Music Licensing
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Go, Russia, Go
11 February 2000 | by olax1See all my reviews

Somebody speaks about American patriotism?

Comrade Andropov should be a national hero of Russia. Only we can make precise electronics work using rusty metal rod.

What? Hewlett-Packard? US-made? It's those little guys from Taiwan who make the world go round.

Americans? OK, they can drill!

In fact, I liked the movie. It's silly to be waiting for emotional depth or philosophic discoveries in a movie like Armageddon. It's done for entertainment and it entertains! It's fun. Fun for your eyes, fun for your ears. Do you need something else? Ok, what about Bergman? Well, people, there is Bach and there is Bobby Rush. Where do you go to dance? To conservatory? I doubt it. As for action films, Armageddon is not the worst one.


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