Plot: Journalist Jenny Lerner is assigned to look into the background of Secretary Alan Rittenhouse who abruptly resigned from government citing his wife’s ill health. She learns from his secretary that Rittenhouse was having an affair with someone named Ellie but when she confronts him, his strange reaction leads her to reconsider her story. In fact, a meteor, discovered the previous year by high school student Leo Biederman and astronomer Dr. Marcus Wolf, is on a collision course with the Earth, an Extinction Level Event. A joint US-Russian team is sent to destroy the meteor but should it fail, special measures are to be put in place to secure the future of mankind. As the space mission progresses, many individuals deal with their fears and ponder their future.

Rating: PG-13 for intense disaster related elements and brief language

Directed By: Mimi Leder

Written By: Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin

Production: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Zanuck/Brown Productions, Manhattan Project

In Theaters: May 08, 1998

Box Office: $140,459,099 (USA)

Budget: $75,000,000 (estimated)

Runtime: 2 hr.



Spurgeon Tanner – Robert Duvall
Jenny Lerner – Téa Leoni
Leo Biederman – Elijah Wood
Robin Lerner – Vanessa Redgrave
President Beck – Morgan Freeman
Jason Lerner – Maximilian Schell
Alan Rittenhouse – James Cromwell
Oren Monash – Ron Eldard
Gus Partenza – Jon Favreau
Beth Stanley – Laura Innes
Andrea Baker – Mary McCormack
Don Biederman – Richard Schiff
Sarah Hotchner – Leelee Sobieski
Mark Simon – Blair Underwood
Eric Vennekor – Dougray Scott
Chuck Hotchner – Gary Werntz
Stuart Caley – Bruce Weitz
Ellen Biederman – Betsy Brantley

Morten Entrekin – O’Neal Compton
Mikhail Tulchinsky – Alexander Baluev
Caitlin Stanley – Caitlin Fein
Caitlin Stanley – Amanda Fein
Ira Moskatel – Joseph Urla
Marianne Duclos – Una Damon
Tim Urbanski – Mark Moses
Theo Van Sertema – Derek de Lint
Jeff Worth – Charles Dumas
Jane Biederman – Katie Hagan
Vicky Hotchner – Denise Crosby