A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinema

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Deep Impact (1998)

Rating: **** Threat: Collision with a comet

Paramount/Dreamworks. Written by Brace Joel & Rubin Michael Tolkin; Photographed by Dietrich Lohmanns; Special effects by Scott Farrar (supervisor); Edited by Paul Cichocki & David Rosenbloom; Music by James Horner; Produced by Richard E. Zanuck, David Brown, Walter Parkes, Joan Bradshaw & Stephen Spielberg (executive); Directed by Mimi Leder. 120 minutes.


ANNOTATED CAST LIST

Robert Duvall (Spurgeon “Fish” Tanner, veteran astronaut); Morgan Freeman (Tom Beck, U.S. president); Téa Leoni (Jenny Lerner, television journalist); Vanessa Redgrave (Robin Lerner, her mother); Maximilian Schell (Jason Lerner, her father); Rya Kihlstedt (Chloe Lerner, Jason's second wife); Elijah Wood (Leo Biedermann, amateur teenage astronomer); Richard Schiff (Don Biedermann, Leo's father); Betsey Brandtley (Ellen Biedermann, Leo's mother); Katie Hagan (Jane Biedermann, Leo's sister); Lee Lee Sobieski (Sarah Hotchner, Leo's girlfriend); Gary Werntz (Chuck Hotchner, her father); Denise Crosby (Vicky Hotchner, her mother); Ron Eldard (Dr. Oren Monash, mission commander of The Messiah); Jennifer Jostyn (Marietta Monash, his wife); Jon Favreau (Dr. Gus Patenza, medical office of The Messiah); Mary McCormick (Andrea Baker, pilot of The Messiah); Charlie Hartsock (David Baker, her husband); Stephanie Patton (Brittany Baker, their daughter); Blair Underwood (Mark Simon, navigator of The Messiah); Kimberly Huie (Wendy Mogel, Mark's fiancée); Aleksander Baluyev (Mikhail Tulchinsky, Soviet nuclear specialist on The Messiah); James Cromwell (Alan Rittenhouse, secretary of the treasury who resigns); Hannah Werntz (Lily Rittenhouse, his daughter); Laura Innes (Beth Stanley, White House television correspondent); Caitlin Fien and Amanda Fien (Caitlin Stanley, Beth's young daughter); Dougray Scott (Eric Vennekor, MSNBC supervisor); Bruce Weitz (Stuart Caley); O'Neal Compton (Morton Entrekin, presidential advisor); Joseph Urla (Ira Moscatel, MSNBC reporter); Una Damon (Marianne Duclos, Rittenhouse's assistant); Mark Moses (Tim Urbansky); Derek de Lint (Theo Van Sertema); Charles Dumas (Jeff Worth); Suzy Nakamura (Jenny's assistant); Alimi Ballard (Bobby Rhue); W. Earl Brown (McCloud); Jason Dohring (Harold); Tucker Smallwood (Ivan Brodsky); Merrin Dungey (Shiela Bradley); Francis X. McCarthy (General Scott, Beck's military advisor); Benjamin Stralka (boy who questions Partenza at lawn party); Cynthia Ettinger (woman who flirts with Tulchinsky); Gerry Griffin (NASA official); Ellen Bry (Stofsky); Concetta Tomei (Patricia Ruiz); Mike O'Malley (Mike Perry, Leo's high school teacher); Rahi Azizi (Jason Thurman, wiseguy student at Leo's high school); Kurtwood Smith (Otis

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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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