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Blast from the Past (1999)

A naive man comes out into the world after spending 35 years in a nuclear fallout shelter.

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Hugh Wilson

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Bill Kelly (story), Bill Kelly (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Adam
Alicia Silverstone ... Eve
Christopher Walken ... Calvin
Sissy Spacek ... Helen
Dave Foley ... Troy
Joey Slotnick ... Soda Jerk
Dale Raoul ... Mom
Hayden Tank ... Adam age 3½
Douglas Smith ... Adam age 11
Ryan Sparks Ryan Sparks ... Adam age 8
Don Yesso ... Jerry
Scott Thomson ... Young Psycho
Ted Kairys Ted Kairys ... Navy Pilot
Rex Linn ... Dave
Cynthia Mace ... Betty
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Storyline

Adam Weber is the child of an eccentric inventor and his wife. Following a bomb scare in the 1960s that locked the Webers in their bomb shelter for 35 years, Adam Weber must venture out into Los Angeles and obtain food and supplies for his family. He meets Eve, who reluctantly agrees to help him out. Written by Foggy

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After 35 years in a bomb shelter, Adam Webber is finally going outside to play. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language, sex and drug references | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

New Line

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Latin

Release Date:

12 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,771,066, 14 February 1999

Gross USA:

$26,511,114

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,263,020
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Both Sissy Spacek and Christopher Walken have each starred in two separate movie adaptations of a Stephen King novel, Spacek respectively in the film adaptation of "Carrie" and Walken in "The Dead Zone". See more »

Goofs

In the fallout shelter, the father sets up a mock television with a film projector and a rear projection screen. He makes a point of saying that it uses a mirror, and the image (an episode of "The Honeymooners") is shown reversed. However, with that setup (which was relatively common back in the 1970s) the image would be normal, not reversed, because viewing through the rear screen is the second reversal. See more »

Quotes

Eve: What have you been doing?
Adam: Watching television... in color.
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Alternate Versions

In the U.K. the widescreen version of the VHS runs 10 minutes longer than the pan n' scan version. Additional scenes include:
  • When Calvin goes up to the world for the first time in 35 years, he sees a guy looking for food in bins.
  • When Adam and Eve tell his parents to shut the locks for 2 months, the scene goes on where they ask them to at least stay for dinner. Here, we see Calvin telling Adam a joke, Eve helping out in the kitchen, Adam getting a brief explanation about human reproduction and Eve telling Helen that she's from Pasadena.
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Connections

References Poison Ivy: The New Seduction (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Round and Round
Written by Lou Stallman and Joe Shapiro
Performed by Perry Como
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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It certainly is one of the more original romantic comedies
23 June 2005 | by philip_vandervekenSee all my reviews

It has never happened, but during the Cold War many people feared that they would be the victim of a nuclear war between the West and the USSR. A lot of those people had visions of living in an atomic shelter for the next three to four decades, perhaps even longer and not being able to see the daylight ever again. Well, it may never have happened, but this romantic comedy shows us what it must be like.

"Blast from the Past" tells the story of Adam Weber. In the 1960's, during the Cuba crisis, his parents locked themselves in the bomb shelter which his eccentric father had constructed for just in case. Having been locked for 35 years, Adam has never seen anything else but the confined space of the shelter. He has never seen anything of the world and has become a very naive man. Now, the doors are unlocked and Adam must venture out into LA to find food and supplies for his family and a non-mutant wife for himself...

Romantic comedies can be found in many forms, but this sure was one of the more original ones. And I must say that I liked it. The acting for instance is more than OK. I liked Brendan Fraser as the naive Adam and together with Alicia Silverstone he forms a nice couple in this movie. Even though the entire story could have used a little bit more developing, overall it looks good and offers some good laughs and plenty of fun for the people who like romantic comedies. I give it a 7/10, perhaps even a 7.5/10.


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