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Deep Impact (1998)

Robert Duvall , Téa Leoni , Mimi Leder  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (572 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman, Vanessa Redgrave
  • Directors: Mimi Leder
  • Writers: Bruce Joel Rubin, Michael Tolkin
  • Producers: D. Scott Easton, David Brown, Joan Bradshaw, Richard D. Zanuck, Steven Spielberg
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 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: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 1998
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (572 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305232660
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deep Impact" on IMDb

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A great big rock hits the earth, and lots of people die. That's pretty much all there is to it, and most of that was in the trailer. Can a major Hollywood movie really squeak by with such a slender excuse for a premise? The old disaster-movie king, cheese-meister Irwin Allen (The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake), would have made a kitsch classic out of this, with Charlton Heston, rather than a resigned and mumbly Robert Duvall, as the veteran astronaut who risks several lives trying to blow up the comet that's headed right this way! As stiffly directed by Mimi Leder, this thick slice of ham errs on the side of solemnity. It may the be most earnest end-of-the-world picture since Stanley Kramer's atomic-doom drama On the Beach. There are a couple of classic melodramatic flourishes: an estranged father and daughter who share a tearful reconciliation as a Godzilla-sized tidal wave looms on the horizon; and an astronaut, communicating on video with his loved ones back on Earth, who follows whispered instructions from a buddy lurking just off camera--so that his little boy won't realize that he's been struck blind. With Morgan Freeman as the president of the United States. --David Chute

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A great big rock hits the earth, and lots of people die. That's pretty much all there is to it, and most of that was in the trailer. Can a major Hollywood movie really squeak by with such a slender excuse for a premise? The old disaster-movie king, cheese

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203 of 225 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 10 - the greatest disaster movie ever made September 26, 2004
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Although "Deep Impact" invariably gets compared to "Armageddon", I think it's more appropriate to compare it against all other disaster movies. Viewed in that light, it not only surpasses "Armageddon", but every other film in the genre.

Unlike most disaster epics, "Deep Impact" is character driven. I think this is a direct effect of its having been directed by a woman rather than a man. While the special effects are there and are impressive, what drives this film are the emotions of the excellent ensemble cast. All of them ring true, from the occasional duplicitousness of the government bureaucrats, to the real tear jerking moments of those facing tough life and death decisions, to the small intimate moments. It's powerful enough stuff that I have to believe that a lot of the negative reaction the film elicited vis-a-vis "Armageddon" came from guys who don't like their action movies to move them to the verge of tears in public.

All disaster films depend on a hook to set them up. In this respect, most fall far short of realism and believability. Of ones that come immediately to mind, only the cosmic collision movies and "The Towering Inferno" had realistic setups.

All disaster films depend on the heros to come up with some way to save the day. Of the ones with a believable setup, many still fall short of believable and/or technically accurate resolutions. This is where "Armageddon" failed miserably. Mimi Leder had expert advice from NASA and it shows. "Armageddon" has some impressive training facilities shots from NASA, but ignored the actual technology.
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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISING May 24, 2000
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Of all of the disaster epics I have seen in my life, Deep Impact was the most moving and original. I cried my eyes out, even when the sentimentality was over-the-top, as with the kid/romance subplot. I thought the emotional rendering of a core group of people you come to know as the world is about to end was wonderfully done, and so movingly told. Tea Leoni got a short shrift; her TV anchor was appropriately confounded, disturbed and knocked out by the juxtaposition of her own success/ambition coming about via the worst single disaster known to man. The astronaut sequences were well-done, and featured a small ensemble of strong acting, lead by the reliable Robert Duvall. It was refreshing to see Morgan Freeman as a President you wish was your own. James Horner's music moves the multi-layered plot with deep emotion and color. Though the movie surely delivers knockout special effects in its final reel, this movie is no Armageddon; expect a deep resonant response, one of the heart. It makes sense that this movie was directed by Mimi Leder; it has a woman's touch, which for me brought it a sensitivity and compelling beauty. There are so many moving moments in the final 20 minutes it will be difficult to remain calm, and dry-eyed.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thriller with a heart August 4, 2002
First things first. If you want action, don't see this movie. Go rent Armageddon with it's static characters and predictable plot.
To tell the truth this is the most moving disastor movie I've ever seen. It seems every charachter gives a powerhouse performance. This was a relief after watching the charachters in Armageddon make jokes just when Earth was supposed to be destroyed. The cast includes the ever-great Morgan Freeman, superb Robert Duvall, newcomer Tea Leoni, and screen favorite Vanessa Redgrave. A lot of movies try too crowd too many good actors into a story line, with awful results. Somehow this one works. All the characters are believable. And you care about them. Morgan Freeman is painful to watch at times, he performs so well.
People die in this movie. But you feel though through their sacrifice, hope will prevail. It different from Armaggedon. I felt that they killed charachters off in that movie to either keep the plot going, or because they had already served their purpose. Deep Impact is more realistic though, I gurantee that by the time it's over, there won't be a dry eye in the house.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film That Some Just Don't Get February 1, 2004
I think that the blame should go on the advertising campaign that preceded the release of this film. Paramount tried to play it off as another "Armageddon", and so people looking for mindless, testosterone-laden entertainment were completely put off by the profound, philosophical nature of Deep Impact's story line. The title of the film itself seems to indicate that the film is a deep emotional analysis of how people react when they know they are about to die, as opposed to a film about blowing up a chunk of ice hurtling towards the Earth. Granted, there are liberties taken in the scientific accuracy department, but that doesn't detract from the story unless you are really uptight about such things. If you go to every movie hoping they will be completely scientifically accurate, then you will be disappointed all the time.
So, when you watch this film, don't look at it as being a high-adrenaline action film - look at it as a film about sacrifice, making peace before one dies, and the triumph of the human spirit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than "Armageddon"
Way better than "Armageddon", I think. That's my take on it, at least. It has more of a human element to it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by annypalanny
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie
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Published 2 days ago by Frances Maddox
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars, not 5, because of Tea Leoni's incapable acting
The most intelligent and best acted "apocalyptic" movie ever. With the exception of Tea Leoni, who has no business playing in a drama -- her face is frozen in a single, emotionless... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Obama is president, but this Obama cares about the ...
Obama is president, but this Obama cares about the USA and does not have an attitude. A little far fetched and the nuclear missiles could have been aimed to the final destination... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mystery Buyer
3.0 out of 5 stars great, popcorn flick
great, popcorn flick, to bad Robert Duvall really didn't get the real chance to shine, with the great supporting cast this movie has in it, touch on the subject, WHAT WOULD I DO IF... Read more
Published 4 days ago by John W. McCallim
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun movie to watch with young teens. Suspenseful and entertaining.
Published 5 days ago by Barbara Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 7 days ago by Debra Grimm
4.0 out of 5 stars It is possible
SciFi that's believable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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All of the one star reviewers don't know what a bad movie is.
You know, Warren, intelligent commentary like yours is frowned upon by the masses who make movies like "Twilight" and "Jack and Jill" multi-million dollar blockbusters. Actually, I doubt if they'll ever read this so what's the point of even writing it. Anyway, nice observation... Read More
Dec 7, 2011 by Rick Blaine |  See all 3 posts
Why such negative Editorial Reviews?
Armageddon was a fun movie but not very plausible and Deep Impact was very plausible. They both have their pluses and negatives. I am in favor of Deep Impact.
Oct 25, 2010 by Greg |  See all 3 posts
Blu-Ray version of Deep Impact
Yes, I was happy with it also.
Oct 10, 2009 by Downunder |  See all 2 posts
Why this movie don't have Subtitles or Audio in Spanish?
Because it is a region 1 release, and region 1 covers the US and Canada, At the time when regions were devised, the predominate languages were considered to be English for the US and both English and French for Canada. Thus, most alternate language tracks on Region 1 discs are in French despite... Read More
Sep 9, 2006 by J. Rosenman |  See all 3 posts
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