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.
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