The 1998 American science-fiction disaster movie Deep Impact, with Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell, and Morgan Freeman as its main cast, was produced by Mimi Leder and written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin.
This movie’s executive producer was Steven Spielberg. On May 8, 1998, it was made available by Paramount Pictures in North America and DreamWorks Pictures abroad. The movie shows the efforts made to fortify and destroy a comet that would strike Earth and cause a mass extinction when it is 7 miles across.
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The movie Armageddon, which had a similar concept, was released in the same summer as Deep Impact; nevertheless, Deep Impact was praised by astronomers for being more scientifically correct. Armageddon performed better at the box office.
Critics gave both movies comparable reviews, giving Armageddon a 38% and Deep Impact a 44% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With a production budget of $80 million, Deep Impact brought in over $349 million worldwide. Dietrich Lohmann, the film’s cinematographer, passed away before it was released, making it his last work.
Morgan Freeman as Tom Beck
As scientists predict that the Wolf-Biederman comet’s collision with the globe will be an extinction-level event, Morgan Freeman portrays United States President Tom Beck, who is covertly working with other world leaders to create underground shelters.
Freeman has developed into one of Hollywood’s most productive actors in over 20 years since the movie’s debut, featuring in many popular franchises, including Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The actor’s upcoming projects are the Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, the eagerly awaited Coming 2 America, and The Comeback Trail, in which he will co-star with Rober De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones.
Jon Favreau as Gus Partenza
Jon Favreau played Gus Partenza, the medical officer of the Messiah spacecraft that tries to destroy the comet before it wipes out all life on Earth, in Deep Impact long before he was launching billion-dollar franchises and developing Star Wars ideas. Fortunately, Favreau has done better in life than in his tragic role.
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Robert Duvall as Spurgeon Fish Tanner
The Messiah spaceship is led by veteran pilot Spurgeon “Fish” Tanner after the attempt to kill the comet fails spectacularly in the role played by Hollywood great Robert Duvall. Tanner gives serenity to the tumultuous space sequences, even when the crew must go on a suicide mission, much like other characters the older Duvall was playing at this point in his career.
Duvall has taken on various parts on the big screen and television sets worldwide since making his debut in To Kill A Mockingbird. The 89-year-old Godfather actor most recently starred in Steve McQueen’s gripping 2018 heist drama Widows, but he is currently due to participate in the upcoming American sports film 12 Mighty Orphans.
Tea Leoni as Jenny Lerner
It’s challenging to identify the primary protagonist among this vast ensemble cast. Still, it may very well be Téa Leoni’s Jenny Lerner, an MSNBC reporter who unintentionally discovers the comet’s existence and compels the US government to issue an earlier message.
Leoni hasn’t acted in a major motion picture since the comedy Tower Heist from 2011; nonetheless, she played the lead in the illustrious CBS drama series Madame Secretary, which ran for six seasons and ended in 2019. According to Express, the actress is supposedly involved in the Bob Weinstein-produced animated film Endangered.
Elijah Wood as Leo Biederman
Elijah Wood played Leo Biederman, the young teenage astronomer who initially finds the comet heading towards the planet in the film Deep Impact before embarking on a voyage to destroy the Ring.
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Elijah Wood received the role of a lifetime as Frodo Baggins in The Lord Of The Rings not long after his appearance in the catastrophe movie. Since then, the actor has had the opportunity to play various more unusual characters, including his most recent project, the comedy Come To Daddy, which was released in early 2020.
James Cromwell as Alan Rittenhouse
James Cromwell as Alan Rittenhouse, Secretary of the Treasury, whose personal scandals caused the Wolf-Biederman comet to be revealed before the government was prepared to make the knowledge public.
Cromwell has contributed his talents to several stage productions, television programs, and feature films throughout the years, garnering numerous accolades and awards for his performances. Never Too Late, Cromwell’s most recent film depicts the story of four former war prisoners who all live in the same retirement community.