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Deep Impact Details


Mimi Leder (Mimi Leder) directed this science-fiction disaster drama about the possible extinction of human life after a comet is discovered headed toward Earth with the collision only one year away. Ambitious MSNBC reporter Jenny Lerner (Tea Leoni) stumbles onto the story, prompting a White House press conference. United States President Beck (Morgan Freeman) announces the government's solution: a team of astronauts will travel to the comet and destroy it. The team leader aboard the spaceship Messiah is Spurgeon Tanner (Robert Duvall), who was once the last man to walk on the moon. However, the mission fails, splitting off a chunk of the comet, now due to land in the Atlantic with the impact sending a 350-foot tidal wave flooding 650 miles inland, destroying New York and other cities. The larger part of the comet, hitting in Canada, will trigger an E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event), not unlike a "nuclear winter" as dust clouds block out the sun and bring life to an end. President Beck reveals Plan B: a cavernous underground retreat constructed to hold one million Americans, with most to be selected through a national lottery. Since teenage amateur astronomer Leo Biederman (Elijah Wood) discovered the comet, his family gets a pass to enter the cave, but his girlfriend Sarah (Leelee Sobieski) and her parents will be left behind. Meanwhile, still in space, Spurgeon Tanner devises a plan for a kamikaze-styled operation that could possibly save the Earth. Special visual effects by Scott Farrar and Industrial Light & Magic. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:May 14, 1998


Robert Duvall
as Spurgeon Tanner
Téa Leoni
as Jenny Lerner
Elijah Wood
as Leo Biederman
Vanessa Redgrave
as Robin Lerner
Morgan Freeman
as President Beck
Leelee Sobieski
as Sarah Hotchner
James Cromwell
as Allen Rittenhouse
Ron Eldard
as Oren Monash
Maximilian Schell
as Jason Lerner
Jon Favreau
as Gus Partenza
Richard Schiff
as Don Biederman
Mary McCormack
as Andrea Baker
Dougray Scott
as Eric Vennekor
Kurtwood Smith
as Otis Hefter
Laura Innes
as Beth Stanley
Alimi Ballard
Kurtwood Smith
as Otis Hefter
Laura Innes
as Beth Stanley
Dougray Scott
as Eric Vennekor


Mimi Leder
David Brown
Richard D. Zanuck
Michael Tolkin
Bruce Joel Rubin
Dietrich Lohmann
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
David Rosenbloom
Paul Cichocki
Leslie Dilley
Production Designer
Gary Kosko
Art Director
Tom Valentine
Art Director
Dennis Bradford
Art Director
Andrew Neskoromny
Art Director
D. Scott Easton
Associate Producer
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Walter Parkes
Executive Producer
Joan Bradshaw
Executive Producer
Dean Wolcott
Set Designer
Suzan Torres
Set Designer
Josh Lusby
Set Designer
Richard Mays
Set Designer
Peg Cummings
Set Designer
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer
Mark Hopkins Mcnabb
Sound/Sound Designer
K.C. Colwell
First Assistant Director
Don Burgess
Camera Operator
Seth Arnett
Allison Jones
Tom Priestley Jr.
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Mark Vargo
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Mark Vargo
Second Unit Director
Scott Farrar
Special Effects Supervisor