Armageddon is a 1998 American sci-fi action adventure film directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Gale Anne Hurd and Michael Bay. The screenplay was written by Jonathan Hensleigh, Tony Gilroy, Shane Salerno and J.J. Abrams and was adapted from the story by Robert Roy Pool and Jonathan Hensleigh.
Rated: PG-13 (movie contains sci-fi disaster action, sensuality and brief language)
Run Time: 2h 31min
Release Date: July 1, 1998 (USA)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Director: Michael Bay
Studio: Touchstone Pictures and Buena Vista Pictures
Budget: $140 Million
Box Office: $553.7 Million
Armageddon stars Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, Keith David, Michael Clarke Duncan, Steve Buscemi, William Fichtner, Owen Wilson, Ken Hudson Campbell, Jessica Steen, Eddie Griffin, Grace Zabriskie and Charlton Heston.
Armageddon is the story of Harry S. Stamper (Bruce Willis), a blue-collar deep-sea oil driller who is recruited by NASA to assist space on a mission to try to save the world from an asteroid on a collision course for Earth. Harry accepts the mission but only if he is able to bring his crew with him because they are the best drillers in the world. NASA begrudgingly accepts Harry’s terms, however, Harry’s crew does not fit the elite NASA astronaut profile. Harry’s crew is comprised of A.J. Frost (Ben Affleck), Rockhound (Steve Buscemi), Max Lennert, Charles ‘Chick’ Chapel (Will Patton), Bear (Michael Clarke Duncan), Freddie Noonan and Oscar Choi (Owen Wilson).
The mission: Send two crews into outer space to intercept the asteroid, drill 2 deep-core holes in the asteroid, deliver a nuclear bomb to the deepest point, exit the asteroid and remotely detonate the nuclear warhead cleaving the asteroid into two pieces that will miss colliding with the Earth if the mission is competed before the asteroid crosses a distance threshold.
Harry splits his crew in half and A.J., Bear, Oscar and Noonan board the X-71 Space Shuttle orbiter Freedom and Harry leads the other crew who board X-71 Space Shuttle orbiter Independence.
“Ok, Mr. Truman, let’s say we actually do land on this. What’s it gonna be like up there?” – Oscar
“200 degrees in the sunlight, minus 200 in the shade, canyons of razor-sharp rock, unpredictable gravitational conditions, unexpected eruptions, things like that.” – Truman
Okay, so the scariest environment imaginable. Thanks. That’s all you gotta say, scariest environment imaginable.” – Oscar
“You know we’re sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it?” – Rockhound
“A.J., I got just five words for you: Damn glad to see you boy!” – Harry Stamper
That’s six words.” – A.J. Stamper
“Miss Stamper? Colonel Willie Sharp, United States Air Force, ma’am. Requesting permission to shake the hand of the daughter of the bravest man I’ve ever met.” – Colonel William Sharp
Official Movie Trailer
Bruce Willis as Harry S. Stamper
Billy Bob Thornton as Dan Truman
Ben Affleck as A.J. Frost
Liv Tyler as Grace Stamper
Will Patton as Chick
Steve Buscemi as Rockhound
William Fichtner as Colonel Willie Sharp
Owen Wilson as Oscar
Michael Clarke Duncan as Bear
Peter Stormare as Lev Andropov
Ken Hudson Campbell as Max
Jessica Steen as Co-Pilot Jennifer Watts
Keith David as General Kimsey
Eddie Griffin as Bike Messenger
Grace Zabriskie as Dottie
Charlton Heston as Narrator