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Solar Crisis (1990)

PG-13 | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 14 July 1990 (Japan)
A huge Solar flare is predicted to fry Earth. Astronauts must fly to the sun to drop a talking bomb (Freddy) at the right time so the flare will point somewhere else. Giant IXL Corp C.E.O. ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard C. Sarafian (as Alan Smithee)

Writers:

Takeshi Kawata (novel), Joe Gannon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Matheson ... Steve Kelso
Charlton Heston ... Adm. 'Skeet' Kelso
Peter Boyle ... Arnold Teague
Annabel Schofield Annabel Schofield ... Alex Noffe
Corin Nemec ... Mike Kelso (as Corin 'Corky' Nemec)
Tetsuya Bessho Tetsuya Bessho ... Ken Minami
Jack Palance ... Travis
Dorian Harewood ... Borg
Paul Koslo ... Haas
Sandy McPeak ... Gurney
Silvana Gallardo Silvana Gallardo ... T.C.
Dan Shor ... Harvard
Scott Allan Campbell Scott Allan Campbell ... McBride
Frantz Turner ... Lamare
Richard S. Scott Richard S. Scott ... Meeks
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Storyline

A huge Solar flare is predicted to fry Earth. Astronauts must fly to the sun to drop a talking bomb (Freddy) at the right time so the flare will point somewhere else. Giant IXL Corp C.E.O. Teague thinks the flare won't happen and wants the mission to fail so he can buy the planet cheaply while the scare lasts. Employee Haas prepares a surprise for the astronauts. While daddy Steve Kelso commands the space ship where temperatures rise, granddaddy Admiral Skeet Kelso is searching the desert for grandson Mike who's gone A.W.O.L. to say goodbye to his dad but who inadvertently crossed the path of the men from IXL after meeting desert-dweller Travis. Written by Louis Strous <LStrous@solar.stanford.edu>

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Taglines:

In the year 2050, the battle to save the earth will be fought on the sun.

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1990 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Crisis 2050 See more »

Filming Locations:

Baker, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on Takeshi Kawata's novel 'Kuraishisu niju-goju nen' ('Crisis: Year 2050') which was published only in Japan. Joe Gannon adapted the screenplay. Tedi Sarafian, director Richard C. Sarafian's son (credited as Crispan Bolt in the US version) did rewrites, apparently without Gannon's knowledge as he wrote his second draft. See more »

Goofs

When Mike Kelso and Kovac fall to the desert floor at the end of their fight, Kovac's wig comes off a bit at the nape of his neck. See more »

Quotes

Mike Kelso: My dad told me one thing that I'll never forget: He said that you can be as smart and as brilliant as you like, but never let your ambitions grow bigger than your heart.
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Soundtracks

Freedom Sings
Words & Music by Les Hooper
Sung by Carmen Twille
Published by Hooperman Music (BMI)
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The problem is...
17 February 2002 | by LouBlakeSee all my reviews

Here's the set up. Earth is going to be half fried by a giant flare the sun is getting ready to shoot off. A ship is sent to drop a bomb on the sun to make the flare go off away from Earth.

Not a bad premise, and the film has a lot going for it. But...

The problem is with a subplot. Half the population is in danger of being fried to death, and someone on Earth wants the mission to fail.

Why?

Otherwise there are great special effects, a few tense scenes with real conflict. If they had edited out that sub plot, it would be a much better film.

Still recommended for science fiction / space buffs. Worth a look.


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