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Poor Morgan Freeman. He gets a chance to play the President of the United States only to have his term shortened by a dastardly comet the size of the Grand Canyon. Although his presidency would have been more interesting, the destruction's the star of this show, as well as the touchy-feely interaction of various two-dimensional characters. There's the astronauts (led by Duvall) sent into space to nuke the thing; ordinary teenager Leo (Wood) who initially discovered the rock; and career-conscious news anchor (Leoni), who first breaks the story. The all-star cast is underused, but lend the film a sense of gravity by their presence. The remaining stick figure characters evoke more yawns than tears. Good thing the comet comes along to, ironically, inject a little life into the flick. The special effects are the best in recent film history, and worth the long, laborious wait.

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Available on Running time 120 minutes.

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Genres
Top Grossing Films of 1998, Meteors, Asteroids, and Comets, Family Ties, Astronauts, Presidency, Front Page, Disaster Flicks, Mass Media, Star Gazing
Screenplay
Michael Tolkin, Bruce Joel Rubin
Cast
Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell, James Cromwell, Blair Underwood, Ron Eldard, Jon Favreau, Leelee Sobieski, Mary McCormack, Dougray Scott, Alexander Baluyev, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Schiff, Gary Werntz, Bruce Weitz, Betsy Brantley, O'Neal Compton, Rya Kihlstedt, Denise Crosby, Laura Innes
Cinematography
Dietrich Lohmann
Director
Mimi Leder
Music
James Horner
Producer
Richard D. Zanuck, David Brown, Dreamworks Pictures, Paramount Pictures

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Deep Impact
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Nicholle

A teenager and his teacher one night discover there is a comet heading towards Earth. The President later announces that there shouldn’t be any worries because a group of astronauts are going on a space mission to save the Earth and destroy the comet. The mission fails and now it’s on to the next plan. In hopes of saving the human race, the government builds a huge cave fitting 1,000,000 people in it. 800,000 people will be chosen at random and the other 200,000 are the President and his family, doctors, and scientists. I don’t know what I would do if I was in that situation. Good thing it’s just a movie.