Rating: *** Threat: Meteor collision
Touchstone. Written by Robert Roy Pool based on a story by Jonathan Hensleigh; Photographed by John Schwartzman; Special effects by John Frazier (supervisor); Edited by Mark Goldblatt, Chris Lebenzon & Glen Scantlebury; Music by Harry Gregson-Williams & Trevor Rabin; Produced by Kenny Bates, Michael Bay, Jerry Brockheimer & Jonathan Hensleigh; Directed by Michael Bay. 151 minutes.
Bruce Willis (Harry Stamper, foremost deep-core drilling expert); Liv Tyler (Grace, his daughter); Scarlet Forge (Grace, as a child); Billy Bob Thornton (Dan Truman, top NASA official); Ben Affleck (A. J. Frost, Stamper's top apprentice); Will Patton (Chick Chapple, Stamper's right-hand man); Steve Buscemi (Rockhound, wayward genius working for Stamper); Owen Wilson (Oscar Choice, Stamper's geologist); Michael Duncan (J. Otis Curleen, rugged driller nicknamed Bear); Ken Campbell (Max Lennert, overweight driller); Clark Heathcliffe Brolly (Freddie Noonan, somber team member); William Fichtner (Col. William Sharp, pilot of Freedom); Jessica Steen (Jennifer Watts, co-pilot of Freedom); Grayson McCouch (Lt. Gruber, nuclear payload specialist of Freedom); Peter Stormare (Lev Andropov, Soviet space station cosmonaut); Keith David (Gen. Kimsey, military liaison officer to NASA); Chris Ellis (Walter Clark, NASA flight instructor); Jason Isaacs (Dr. Ronald Quincy, NASA's top research scientist); Patrick Richwood, Brian Mulligan (nerd scientists); Marshall league (Col. Davis, pilot of Independence); Anthony Guidera (Tucker, co-pilot of Independence); Greg Collins (Lt. Halsey, nuclear payload specialist of Independence); J. Patrick McCormack (Gen. Boffer, presidential advisor); Ian Quinn (Pete Shelby, astronaut killed in Atlantis shuttle disaster); John Mahon (Karl, astronomer who sights meteor); Grace Zabriskie (Dottie, his wife, for whom the meteor is named); Stanley Anderson (U.S. president); Peter White (secretary of defense); James Harper (Kelso, admiral); Ellen Cleghorne (Helga, NASA technician teased by Rockhound); Shawnee Smith (redhead in bar with Rockhound); Udo Kier (NASA psychologist); John Aylward (Dr. Banks, NASA advisor); Harry Humphries (Chuck Jr., Chapple's son); Judith Hoag (Denise, Chapple's wife); Sage Alien (Max's mother); Bodhi Elfman (NASA mathematician); Vic Manni (Vic, loanshark); Layla Roberts (Molly Mounds, stripper who dates Rockhound); Mark Curry (Stu, New York taxi driver); Seiko Matsuda (Asian tourist in cab); Eddie Griffin (messenger on bike in New York); Franky (Little Richard, his dog); K.C. Liomiti (street vendor selling Godzilla toys); James Fitzpatrick (NORAD technician); John H. Johnson (launch pad director); Dyllab Christopher (Tommy); Lawrence Tierney (Gapp Stamper);