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Michael Bay, the master of the big-budget blockbuster, directs this action film that is packed with emotion. With a planet-killing asteroid on a collision course with Earth, it's up to a motley crew of scientists and oil drillers (yes, oil drillers) to save the earth. With 18 days to impact, a team from NASA (led by Billy Bob Thornton) frantically tries to find a solution but ends up turning to an outside contractor. Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) and his team of oilmen are called upon to save the planet as only they can. ARMAGEDDON may boast impressive special effects, but it's the cast--including Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Steve Buscemi, and Owen Wilson--that gives the film its humor and heart. Tyler's father Steven Tyler and his band Aerosmith contributed the Oscar-nominated hit "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" to the soundtrack.
Keith David - American character actor/voice actor, PITCH BLACK/SPAWN
Jonathan Hensleigh - Screenwriter
Ben Affleck - Oscar-winning actor/screenwriter, GOOD WILL HUNTING
Bruce Willis - American actor, THE SIXTH SENSE (1999)
Chris Lebenzon - Editor, XXX (2002)
Trevor Rabin - Composer, formerly of YES
Michael White - Production designer not porn actor.
Michael Bay - Director/"Bad Boys"
Michael Kaplan - Costume Designer, BLADE RUNNER (1982)
John Schwartzman - Director of Photography, PEARL HARBOR (2001)
Michael Clarke Duncan - African American actor, THE GREEN MILE
William Fichtner - Actor
Jeffrey Abrams - Screenwriter - ARMAGEDDON; Creator of "Felicity" and "Alias"
J.J. Abrams - Screenwriter - ARMAGEDDON; Creator of "Felicity" and "Alias"
Will Patton - American Actor
Glen Scantlebury - EDITOR
Liv Tyler - Actress, model, THE STRANGERS, THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008)
Steve Buscemi - American Actor/Director/Screenwriter
Jerry Bruckheimer - Producer
Gale Anne Hurd - Producer
Mark Goldblatt - Editor, PEARL HARBOR (2001)
Charles Stewart - Star, late '50s-'90s
Billy Bob Thornton - Screenwriter/Actor
Owen Wilson - Actor, screenwriter, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, MEET THE PARENTS
Owen C. Wilson - Actor, screenwriter, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, MEET THE PARENTS
Peter Stormare - Swedish Supporting Actor
Grossing more than 200 million dollars domestically during its initial box office run in 1998, Bay's loud, fast spectacle is a love-it or hate-it archetype of the big budget studio action film at the century's end. Made with lots of money ($140 million!), a strong cast and tons of special effects, ARMAGEDDON tells the tale of a team of oilmen called in by the president to land on a Texas-sized asteroid approaching Earth and blast it into pieces before it ends life as we know it. Huge plot holes, some of the quickest cutting seen in film, and occasionally unconvincing special effects will not deter those who approach it seeking two and a half hours of full-throttle, flag waving cinematic rush.
"...Enjoyable..." - 09/01/1998 Box Office, p.65
"...Move over, DEEP IMPACT -- here comes something meteor..." - 07/01/1998 Premiere, p.19