Armageddon (film)

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Writer: Robert Roy Pool
Jonathan Hensleigh
Starring: Bruce Willis
Billy Bob Thornton
Ben Affleck
Liv Tyler
Director: Michael Bay
Music by:
Distributor: Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Release Date: July 1, 1998 (USA)
Runtime: 150 min.
Language: English
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Image:Armageddon - The Album (CD Cover).jpg Armageddon is a 1998 disaster film/science fiction film about a group of blue-collar deep-core drillers who are sent by NASA to deflect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. It was directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and featured Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler. The film's tagline is For Love. For Honor. For Mankind.

Armageddon was released during a period when disaster movies were seeing a comeback. Another asteroid impact movie, Deep Impact, was made the same year, along with a reprise of Godzilla. The previous year saw a few volcano-based disaster movies.

The soundtrack featured the song "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith (fronted by Liv Tyler's father, Steven Tyler) which was the first number 1 hit of the band's career.

While Hollywood science fiction films often bend the rules of science in order to create a more compelling plot, science critics blasted Armageddon more than most for its poor adherence to the laws of physics. Some even felt that the asteroid, an inanimate object, was portrayed as actively trying to kill the astronauts.

The movie was nominated in seven categories for the 1998 Golden Raspberry Awards, but only one was awarded: the Worst Actor award was given to Bruce Willis for his Armageddon performance, along with appearances in Mercury Rising and The Siege. It was also on the list of Roger Ebert's most hated films.

A DVD of Armageddon was re-issued by The Criterion Collection, which releases what it considers to be "important classic and contemporary films"; the film also received the Saturn Awards for Best Direction and Best Science Fiction Film (where it tied with Dark City).

C. Bolin wrote a novel based on the screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh and the story by Jonathan Hensleigh and Robert Pool.


Box Office

  • Budget - $140,000,000
  • Marketing cost - $100,000,000
  • Opening Weekend Gross (Domestic) - $36,089,972
  • Total Domestic Grosses - $201,578,182
  • Total Overseas Grosses - $352,131,606
  • Total Worldwide Grosses - $553,709,788


Armageddon: The Album (Sony, June 23, 1998):

  1. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
  2. Remember Me - Journey
  3. What Kind of Love Are You On - Aerosmith
  4. La Grange - ZZ Top
  5. Roll Me Away - Bob Seger
  6. When the Rainbow Comes - Shawn Colvin
  7. Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
  8. Mister Big Time - Jon Bon Jovi
  9. Come Together - Aerosmith
  10. Wish I Were You - Patty Smyth
  11. Starseed - Our Lady Peace
  12. Leaving on a Jet Plane - Chantal Kreviazuk
  13. Theme from Armageddon - Trevor Rabin
  14. Animal Crackers - Ben Affleck


  • The film was released on Liv Tyler's 21st birthday.
  • Liv Tyler turned down the role of Grace Stamper twice before she finally accepted.
  • This is the second film that depicted a fictional shuttle launch using actual launch footage. The first was SpaceCamp (1986).

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