Rating: ** Threat: Giant solar flare
Vidmark. Written by Joe Cannon & Crispin Bolt based on the novel Explosion of the Sun by Takeski Kawata; Photographed by Russ Carpenter; Special effects by Neil Krepela (producer); Edited by Richard Trevor; Music by Maurice Jarre & Michael Boddicker; Produced by Richard Edlund, James Nelson, Morris Morishima, Takehito Sadamura & Takeshi Kawata (executive); Directed by Richard C. Sarafian under the name Alan Smithee. 112 minutes.
Tim Matheson (Steve Kelso, commander of the mission to save the planet); Charlton Heston (Adm. Sheet Kelso, his father); Corin Nemec (Mike Kelso, Steve's son); Peter Boyle (Arnold league, Head of IXL); Jack Palance (Travis Richards, eccentric desert dweller); Annabel Schofeld (Alex Noffe, genetically enhanced human); Tetsuya Bessho (Dr. Ken Minami, designer of Ra probe); Dorian Harewood (Borg, executive officer of Helios); Paul Koslo (Dr. Gunter Haas, scientist who learns Teague's plans); Sandy McPeak (Gurney, officer in charge of search for Mike); Silvanna Gilardo (T. C., communications officer on Helios); Scott Allan Campbell (McBride, navigator of Helios); Dan Shor (Harvard, crewman); Frantz Turner (Lamare, Crewman); Richard S. Scott (Lt. Meeks, engineer of Helios); David Ursin (Kovac, Teague's security chief); Brenda Bakke (Dr. Claire Beeson, IXL scientist who debunks the Starfire theory); Rhonda Dotson (Little Al's waitress); Roy Jenson (bartender); Roy T. Fukagawa (cook); Michael Berryman (Matthew, wanderer who rescues Dr. Haas); Jimmie F. Skaggs (Biker); Chris Nash (Corvette driver); John Blyth Barrymore (Avery, communications officer in Skytown); Carole Hemingway (Rhonda, TV reporter); Don Craig (TV anchorman); Jerry Hauck (Corp. Flynn, Guemey's assistant); John Hugh (Dr. Dufait, Medical officer on Helios); Bob Maroff (camel rider); Steve Welles (Prophet, thug at Little Al's); Eric James (Louisiana); William A. Wallace (Pohl); Tammy Maples (Steve's wife, viewed in photographs); Ted Montue (bridge officer on Helios); Richard Terrile (hologram operator); Michael Stanhope (astronomer); Kathryn Spitz (IXL receptionist); Ann C. Fink (vidphone operator); Jimmy Austin, Richard Eden (technicians); Robert Hawkins, John Tabler (security officers); Mindy Rickles, Nick Gambella, Lehua Reed (astronauts); H.M. Wynant, Paul Carr (IXL executives); Milt Kogan, Arnold Quinn, Louie Elias (IXL search squad); Rick Dorio, Mario Roberts, Larry Duran, Stacy Elias, Eurlyne Epper, Bill Hart (bandits); Paul Williams (voice of Freddie); Stephen R. Kujala (robotruck voice); Tracy Jones Stateman (voice of Helios computer); Terrence Beasor (narrator).