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Blast From the Past (1999)

Brendan Fraser , Alicia Silverstone , Hugh Wilson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, Sissy Spacek, Dave Foley
  • Directors: Hugh Wilson
  • Writers: Hugh Wilson, Bill Kelly
  • Producers: Hugh Wilson, Amanda Stern, Claire Rudnick Polstein, Mary Kane, Renny Harlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (516 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780626494
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Coasting on the successes of Gods and Monsters and George of the Jungle, Brendan Fraser turns in yet another winning performance in this fish-out-of-water comedy in which Pleasantville meets modern-day Los Angeles, with predictably funny results. Fraser stars as Adam, who was born in the bomb shelter of his paranoid inventor dad (a less-manic-than-usual Christopher Walken), who spirited his pregnant wife (Sissy Spacek, in fine comic form) underground when he thought the Communists dropped the bomb (actually, it was a plane crash). Armed with enough supplies to last 35 years, the parents bring up Adam in Leave It to Beaver style with nary any exposure to the outside world. When the supplies run out, and dad suffers a heart attack, Fraser goes up to modern-day L.A. for some shopping and long-awaited culture shock. More of a cute premise with lots of clever ideas attached than a fully fleshed out story, Blast from the Past is also supposed to be part romantic comedy, as the hunky Adam hooks up with his jaded Eve (Alicia Silverstone) and tries to convince her to marry him and go underground. The sparks don't fly, though, because Silverstone is saddled with the triple whammy of being miscast, playing an underwritten character, and suffering a very bad hairdo. Fraser, however, carries the film lightly and easily on his broad, goofy shoulders, mixing Adam's gee-whiz innocence with genuine emotion and curiosity; only Fraser could pull off Adam's first glimpse of a sunrise or the ocean with both humor and pathos. Also winning is Dave Foley as Silverstone's gay best friend, who manages to make the most innocuous statements sound like comic gems. --Mark Englehart

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In 1962, Calvin Webber (Christopher Walken) was a brilliant but somewhat paranoid scientist living with his Donna Reed-esque wife, Helen (Sissy Spacek), in Los Angeles. In the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a plane crashed into the Webber's yard. Mistaking the blast for "the big one," the Webbers moved into their elaborate bomb shelter to wait out the half-life of radioactive fallout. In the shelter, now a sort of time capsule, Calvin and Helen conceived and raised their son Adam (played as an adult by Brendan Fraser). For 35 years, Adam was raised on Jackie Gleason, Perry Como, and stories about life on the surface. Calvin taught his son about science, baseball, and communists while Mom taught Adam about dancing, good manners, and charming young ladies. Just in time, too, as Adam is sent to the surface to gather supplies and find a wife, preferably a nice, non-mutant girl from Pasadena with which to repopulate the world. Once this "fish out of water" story is set up, the fish, Adam, is set adrift in a sea of supermarkets and adult bookstores, but is soon caught by Eve Rustikov (Alicia Silverstone). Completely lost above ground, Adam enlists Eve's help to navigate his new world and find the supplies on his list. The literally sheltered Adam falls for this bitter, cynical, street-smart woman who grew up in a bleak Los Angeles with little use for love. Living with her gay roommate, Troy (Dave Foley), Eve has had her hopes chipped away by a long line of dead-end jobs and loser boyfriends. When the throwback Adam enters her life with his sunny disposition, seersucker jacket, and joy at seeing the sky, she can't help but fall in love.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY FUNNY FILM... March 13, 2003
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I have seen this movie twice and have loved it both times. It is a funny and endearing romantic comedy that is peppered with a terrific cast and excellent performances. I would gladly watch it again.
Calvin Webber (Christopher Walken), a nerdy, nutty scientist, and his traditional and very pregnant wife, Helen (Sissy Spacek), are living in California in fifties style splendor in the early nineteen sixties, when the Cuban Missile Crisis occurs. Buying into the red scare of the day and convinced that attack by the communists is imminent, they immediately go underground into the super deluxe bomb shelter that Calvin had had the foresight to build under his house and fully equip with enough supplies to last thirty five years. No sooner do they do so, Calvin's fears are reinforced, as suddenly a force of great impact shudders overhead. Thinking that they were hit by an atomic blast set off by the communists, they hunker down for the next thirty five years, waiting for the radiation to dissipate.
In the interim, they have a baby boy, whom they name Adam (Brendan Fraser). As Adam grows up, he is unknowingly caught in a time warp with his parents, as they have no contact with the outside world. Adam's world view and values reflect that of his parents, as his entire life, thus far, has been spent underground soley in their company. When the thirty five years are up, Calvin surfaces briefly to check the state of affairs topside. What he sees, he misinterprets, and upon his return to the bomb shelter ends up having a heart attack. He and Helen then dispatch Adam on a reconnaissance mission to get needed supplies.
What transpires when Adam ventures into the outside world is very funny and often poignant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Funny January 9, 2000
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In 1962, my junior high school science roject was to build a model fall-out shelter, complete with lists of supplies for 30 years underground. My father, who was a scientist, hung out with a bunch of guys who so closely resemble Calvin Weber (Christopher Walken) that I was startled to see him in the movie. These guys built hi-fis and robots in their basements for fun; and yes, my parents listened to Perry Como! BFTP portrays the essence of those times fondly and with a pointed humor. Both Sissy Spacek (the mother) and Christopher Walken (the father) do beautifully comic turns in this film as a couple having retreated to their fall-out shelter for a 35 year stay in the mistaken belief that Los Angeles has been bombed.
Brendan Fraser's performance as the bright but impossibly naiive Adam Weber is brilliant. Playing a totally sheltered (no pun intended) 35 year-old encountering the outside world for the first time, Fraser manages through use of his mobile facial features and skillful body language to look like a nerdy 14 year old. The performance was strongly reminiscent of Tom Hanks in BIG.
Alicia Silverstone and Dave Foley play strong supporting roles as Eve, Adam's love interest, and her gay room-mate Troy. The strongest scenes in the movie feature all three of them. For major laughs, watch Eve and Troy's faces while they watch Adam make a splash on the dance floor.
This movie made me a Brendan Fraser fan. I liked it so much I bought copies for several people for Christmas. Lest you think this is only for Boomers, I showed it to a 24 year old friend who completely cracked up over it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "It Really Picks Up Here, Wait For It" November 23, 2000
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When Brendan Fraser uttered those words during the playing of a Perry Como song, I almost lost control. His facial expressions are a riot, and really make the film complete.
Blast From the Past is just pure humorous entertainment. Not only is the stroyline funny, but the reading-between-the-lines and subtle dry humor is fantastic. The whole plot just flows so well, making for a very enjoyable viewing experience. On top of it all, the film has a pleasant underlying message, stressing good family values.
Fraser is terrific in his role as the naiive Adam Webber. Despite his tremendous acting ability, Fraser's facial expressions easily steal the show. He, hands down, makes this role happen. Alicia Silverstone is the perfect compliment to him in this movie, and it is refreshing to watch her character develop over the course of the story. Dave Foley has always been great in comedic roles, and the part of the gay room-mate seems to have been made for him in the film. Sissy Spacek and Christopher Walken as Adam's parents are amazingly funny in their seemingly unusual roles. On the whole, the acting in the movie was nothing less than spectacular.
Blast From the Past is a wonderful film to gather the family around. It's incredibly humorous, and has a very positive message. This film will leave you feeling good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Fish Out Of Water Tale December 13, 2005
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Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone head up a wonderful cast in this lighthearted romantic comedy about a man named Adam Weber's (Fraser) first steps into society after being in a fallout shelter for his entire life. Fraser's parents are played by the flawless Christopher Walken and the wonderful Sissy Spacek. Walken is a scientist who mistakes a plane crash in his backyard for a Cuban nuclear missile strike. He takes his family into a fallout shelter and waits until the time is right to surface. After thirty-five years, things have changed a tad and he arises to find Joey Slotnick managing a rundown bar/soda fountain. Thinking that Walken is God, or something similar at least, Slotnick becomes Archbishop Melker in one of the funniest characters I've seen in awhile. After suffering severe shock, it is decided that Adam should be the one to go to the surface in search of supplies. He's told to avoid the adult magazine store (invisible, poisonous gas) and to bring back a suitable girlfriend for obvious reasons.

Fraser surfaces and begins his quest for food and a woman. Along the way, he experiences the wonders of color television and sees a black postal worker that illicits one of the funniest lines in the flick. He runs into Alicia Silverstone, properly named Eve, and befriends her when he realizes he needs a co-pilot in this strange land. He is then introduced to her friend, Dave Foley, who turns in another wonderful performance. The story rolls along with Silverstone trying to determine whether or not Adam is off his rocker and falls in love with him along the way. That's about all I can say without spoiling anything.

The fish-out-of-water concept turns in quite a few hilarious scenarios in this film.
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The DVD version that I am watching has English subtitles. Hope this helps. As fabulous as this film is, it should be in several languages. Though, much of it is based on 1960's U.S. History. Fabulous.

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