A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinema

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Armageddon (1998)

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.


ANNOTATED CAST LIST

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);

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A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinema
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Overview: Cinematic Visions of the Apocalypse xi
  • A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinema: Fifty Films in Depth 1
  • The 27th Day (1957) 3
  • Armageddon (1998) 10
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) 17
  • Crack in the World (1965) 22
  • The Dawn of the Dead (1978) 27
  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) 33
  • The Day the Sky Exploded (1958/61) 40
  • Day the World Ended (1956) 44
  • Deep Impact (1998) 48
  • Deluge (1933) 54
  • Doomsday Machine (1967/72) 59
  • Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 63
  • The End of the World (1930/34) 70
  • Five (1951) 74
  • Holocaust 2000 (1978) 78
  • The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) 83
  • Kronos (1957) 88
  • The Last Man on Earth (1964) 93
  • The Last War (1961) 98
  • The Last Wave (1977) 103
  • The Last Woman on Earth (1960) 108
  • Lifeforce (1985) 112
  • The Lost Missile (1958) 117
  • The Magnetic Monster (1953) 122
  • The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) 127
  • Mars Attacks! (1996) 133
  • Meteor (1979) 139
  • Moonraker (1979) 145
  • The Night the World Exploded (1957) 152
  • Noah's Ark (1929) 157
  • No Blade of Grass (1970) 162
  • No Survivors Please (1964) 168
  • One Night Stand (1984) 172
  • On the Beach (1959) 177
  • Quiet Earth (1985) 184
  • Robot Monster (1953) 189
  • Runestone (1991) 194
  • The Satan Bug (1965) 199
  • The Seventh Sign (1988) 205
  • Solar Crisis (1990) 210
  • Star Trek—the Motion Picture (1978) 214
  • Target Earth (1953) 221
  • Them! (1954) 226
  • Virus (1980) 231
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) 238
  • The War of the Worlds (1953) 243
  • When Worlds Collide (1951) 249
  • Where Have All the People Gone? (1974) 255
  • The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959) 259
  • Zarkorr the Invader (1996) 265
  • Appendices 269
  • Appendix A 271
  • Appendix B 279
  • Appendix C 283
  • Index 285
  • About the Author 311
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