Deep Impact Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Deep Impact Script






Alpha Centauri, Sirius.



Matt Shepherd?



It's just a party,

and he asked me.



He's really nice.



Yeah, to you, maybe.



You guys getting some

good work done over here?



- Yeah.

- Yeah.



Yeah, sounds like it.



What's the bright one?







It's a double star.




The one next to it?









Good, Biederman,

and the one next to that?






I don't know.



It's Megrez.



I don't think so.



Well, you just said

you didn't know.




it's not Megrez.



It's something else.






It's south

about    degrees.



It's probably

a satellite.



Let's take

another picture.



We'll send it

to Dr Wolf.



Yes, sir.



It's Megrez.



Not Megrez.



It is.



It's not.



It is.












Well, hello there,

little fella.



Do I know you?



Where are you going

in such a hurry?



And there.



Come on.



Damn it!






Come on, you miserable

piece of crap.



# Still on the bottom #



# And he can't #

# dig out of the hole #



Come on, come on.



# You're winning now #



# Driving his future #



# Right into... #



You have reached



the Department

of Planetary Sciences.



# The further he goes... #



If you know the extension

of the person you're calling...



# Bottom, but he can't... #



Ow, Jesus!



Press that number now.



Damn it!



This is relating

to the recall



of American troops

from abroad.



Tragedy struck today

as a charter aircraft



carrying an army unit

returning from duty in Japan



crashed this morning...



White House Press Office



says Secretary of

the Treasury Rittenhouse



is resigning because

his wife is sick.



So who passed

Rittenhouse the hemlock?



AFL/ CIO wanted him off the

Council of Economic Advisors



for not supporting

the pension bill,



and the president's going

to need labour next fall.



And State's still fuming



about the trade office

screw-up at the G- .



Pentagon is unhappy with his

readiness reduction proposals.




dislikes him.



Christ, who didn't

this guy piss off?



No wonder

the wife's sick.



She's not sick,

she's a drunk.



How do you know that?



Mike Woodward

over at Treasury.



Mrs Rittenhouse started

drinking a couple of years ago



when her husband

had a series of affairs.



Stepped it up last summer after

their son died of leukaemia.



You want to do something on

the price that wives pay?



Mike Woodward?

Wife,   kids?



He's been after me

for months.



So I threw him

a breakfast



and hit him up

about Rittenhouse.



Bob Campbell's leaving,

so midnight Saturday



anchor shift

is opening up.



Why would I want

to give up the White House



for a graveyard weekend...



No, no, no,

not for you, for me.









We'll talk

about this later.



Very calm. The president will be

back from Camp David tomorrow.



Business news, Ira.



Just keep working

on Rittenhouse.



Maybe Mike's available

for dinner.



Do the usual research,

background information.



OK, that's it.



Beth, wait.



Listen, Beth, what if

it wasn't permanent?



Oh, God,

Jenny, please.



Honey, this

is how it works.



You've done   years

of research.



Now do   as

a segment producer.



  on air doing

domestic features,



another   in some

cholera-ridden hellhole.



And then I'll quit



if they don't give you

a weekend anchor shot.



Hello, Caitlin.

There you are.



Are you protecting me

or just holding me back?



- Yes.

- OK.



Rittenhouse tape and text



on my desk by  :   tomorrow,



and we'll drop in

the reverses for the  .






At this moment right now...



Thank you...



The pretty little girls

are walking down the aisle.



They're spreading flowers.



The twins.

What are their names?



Emma and Susanna.



They're walking

down the aisles,



and they're dropping

rose petals,



and everyone's

smiling at them,



and now she's walking

down the aisle.



Yes, and she stands

beside him.



And the priest says,

"Dearly beloved..."






The judge says,

"Blah, blah, blah."



"Sickness and health,

blah, blah, blah."



"Do you, Jason Lerner, take

Chlorine Whatchamacallit?"



Mom, Chloe.



What did I say?



You said "Chlorine".



Her name's Chloe.






Well, it's still

a terrible name.



Jason says, "Lie, lie, lie,

till death do us part,



blah, blah, blah,"



and she says yes,

and he says yes,



and it's kissy, kissy, kissy,

and congratulations.



Jenny, you now have

a new stepmother



who is   years older

than you.



The check.



Well, anyway,



as much as I'd like

to stay here



and get silly

with you, Mom,



I can't.

I gotta go.



I know, I know, I know.



I'm sorry about this.



We'll get over it.



I love you.



I love you, too.



Be good.



I was with the secretary



since he's been governor

of Connecticut.



I came to Washington

with him.



I moved here because I was

dedicated to his career.



I trusted the man...



and then he fucked me.



He what?



No, I didn't

have sex with him.



I should say "I" didn't

have sex with him,



but somebody sure did.



It was about to come out,

so he resigned.



But because I was hired from

outside the government pool,



I don't get conveyed

to the next secretary,



so now I'm out a job...



Because he couldn't

keep his hands off women.



Do you have proof?



He thinks he was

being so clever.



He had a private phone line

installed in his office.



Nobody else could answer it.



I picked it up once.



Said hello,

and it's nobody home.



It rings, he shuts the door.



Why not hang a sign?



Do you have a name?



This is what I get



for talking to the press.



I'm selling my soul

right now.



I can feel it.

I can feel it.



I name a name and get

someone into trouble.



So you do have a name.



Just a first name.



Oh, my God.

I'm going to say it.






Ellie. Nothing else?



I think the president

knows about it, too.



Overheard the secretary

talking to him about her.



Isn't Washington sick?






How you doing?



Can I help you?



Well, actually,



we're looking

for your mom.



Is she around?



My mom's sick.

She's not here.



Gosh, I love boats.

Are you going on a trip?






That's exciting. Looks

like a long trip, huh?



So, listen, do you know

where you're going?



She's going

back to the house.



Hey, you want to stop that?



Lily, please.



Lily, that's a pretty name.






Do as I say.

Go on.



If we could just get

a minute of your time.



What do you want from me?



We'd like to talk

about your resignation.



My wife is sick.

She's in the hospital.



That's why I resigned.

Everybody knows this.



We could talk

about your wife,



or we could just

talk about Ellie.



Turn the camera off.



If you want to talk to me,

turn it off.



We know everything.



Nobody knows everything.



Well, we know about

the secret phone lines



and the whispered calls

to the president



and about a secretary

of the Treasury



who's kept his entire

department in the dark



about what

he's really doing...



about a cover story

about his resignation



that just fell through.



You want me to go on?



And you're

just gonna break it?



Well, that's what we do

for a living.



Well, congratulations.



You now have

the biggest story in history.



Good luck to you.






I think it's a mistake

to run the story,



but hey, what the hell?



Why not?



What difference

does anything make any more?






I know you're just a reporter,



but you used to be

a person, right?



I wanted to be with my family.



Can you understand that?



OK, Secretary of the Treasury

Alan Rittenhouse



resigns because of a mistress

named Ellie.



The biggest story

in history?



What an ego.



Now, if it was

the president...



Whoa, whoa, whoa.



The president

has a mistress named Ellie,



and Rittenhouse pretends

that he's having the affair



and takes the fall and resigns,



and the president

buys him a yacht?



Son of a bitch.



Oh, shit.



Oh, shit.



Right! OK, OK!



Oh, God. Oh, God.



FBI. If you would,

please, ma'am.



What do I do

with my car?



We'll take care

of your car.



Just step back

to my car.



Get her car here.



Let's go.



Would you

come this way please?



Morton Entrekin, Ms Lerner.



I'm expected

back at MSNBC at  :  .



I think

I should be there.



People knew about the Manhattan

Project, you know,



and they kept it a secret.



That was just the creation

of the atom bomb.






Ms Lerner, Tom Beck.



I understand you've come

into some information.



Ms Lerner was just expressing

her lack of enthusiasm



for matters

of national security



where journalistic

competitiveness is at stake.



Mr President,

I'm not interested



in using Ellie to

further my career.



What do you know

about E.L.E.?



I know you should have

picked a better cover story



than a sick wife.






What did I tell you?



We'd always thought

the deadline for going public



was the publication

of the budget,



since we've spent

more money than we can hide.



The budget comes out

in   weeks.



I don't suppose I could convince

you to sit on this for   weeks.



No such thing as   weeks

in the news business.



And I can't appeal

to your sense



of what's in the nation's

best interest?



I always thought

the truth



was in the nation's

best interest.



You want to hold her?



What if we go public

in    hours?



Now that's doable,

isn't it?



That would be very

difficult, Mr President.



Morton, if she knows,

how long can it be



before CNN or the "Post"

breaks the story?



This was never

gonna be a secret



as long as you wanted

it to be.



Give us   days, Ms Lerner.



You'll get second row,




at the White House

press conference.



Now, from what I know of your

career, that's a promotion.



I want exclusivity.



Now, listen, young lady.



This is a presidential favour.



I'm letting you go



because I don't want

another headache.



And I'm trusting you



because I know what this

can do for your career.



It might seem

that we have each other



over the same barrel,

Ms Lerner,



but it just seems that way.



I want...






May I...



May I have

the first question?



We'll see you Tuesday,

Ms Lerner.



Come on, come on.



E.L.E., E.L.E.









What's paleontology

have to do with anything?



Come on.









Look who's working late.



How's Rittenhouse going?



No sign of the wife yet.



Is she missing?



No. We're still

working on it.



We'll get there.



I know,

it's a dull story.



Next time we'll get you

something more exciting.






Are you OK?






Want to come

to dinner with us?



I can't.

I have plans.



OK. We'll see you tomorrow.



Thank you.



Ah, here she is.









Hi, Chloe.



Would you like

some champagne, miss?



Martini... big.



I missed you.



I mean we missed you




I must say, I'm...



I'm disturbed that

you didn't come



to our wedding.



Jason, you




I know I promised,



but it was

a beautiful event,



and I missed her.



You should have been there.



The twins, they were

running around like mad



and throwing flowers.



It was wonderful,

especially Emma.



You know, the little one.

She loves you.



It was beautiful.



She missed you, too.



All right.



This is from us

for you.



Are you not

going to open it?



I knew she wouldn't...



You can exchange them

if you don't like them.




I know this is hard.



I just want you

to be happy.









I would like to propose

a toast to happiness



and to...









Are we going to have

an evening or not?



Jenny, I know

that you hate me.



I know that you have

terrible things



that you want

to say to me.



You have

to get over it.



Life goes on.



Life goes on? OK.



What's so funny?






We'll see.



What's so funny

about "life goes on"?



Life going on?



I don't think it's funny

that life goes on.



Dad, you need to get

back together with Mom.



She's all alone in the world,

and she needs you right now.









I just got married.



I know, and I'm sorry.



Chloe, this has nothing

to do with you.



Well, it has

to do something for me,



for Christ's sake.



This is insane.



I have to apologize

for my daughter.



It's not your fault.



I'm sorry.

I have to go.



I know you think

I'm a bad person.



I'm really not.



And I don't hate you.



I just... I gotta go.



'Cause for her, it doesn't...

Excuse me.



Jenny. Hey.



What are you doing here?



Uh, yeah.



Did Stuart send you here

without telling me?






If Stuart thinks he can push

me out of the White House...



Ms Lerner.

Hi, Beth.



Right this way.



I've got you

right down here.



Excuse me, please.






He'll find you

for the first question.



Then you're on your own.



Hey, how are you?



Ladies and gentlemen.



Ladies and gentlemen,






The president will begin

by addressing the nation.



Please hold your questions

until he's finished his remarks.



Ladies and gentlemen,



the President

of the United States.



Hello, everybody.



- Mr President.

- Hello.




Mr President.






Good evening.



A few minutes ago

the United States ambassadors



to every country

in the world



told the leaders

of those nations



what I am about

to tell you.



It's a bit complicated,

so it will take some time,



so I hope

you will bear with me,



hear what I have to say.



A little over a year ago,



  American astronomers,

Marcus Wolf and Leo Biederman,



working on a mountain top

in Arizona...






Nobody say




Saw something

in the night sky



that caused them

great concern.



A comet.



But the comet was, well...



There was a remote possibility

that the comet was on a path



that could bring it into

direct contact with the Earth.






we get hit all the time

by rocks and meteors,



some of them the size of cars,

some no bigger than your hand.



But the comet we discovered

is the size of New York City.



From the north side

of Central Park to the Battery.



About   miles long.



Put another way,



this comet is larger

than Mount Everest.



It weighs     billion tons.



Now, chances are...



Astrophysicists, geologists

and climatologists.



Where the hell

is Science?



Check with Tokyo, Tel Aviv.

I want everybody.



The Hale-Bopp stand-ups.




I need graphics!



Comets begin

far out in space.



They're what's left over



from the creation

of the solar system



after the planets were formed

billions of years ago.



These chunks

of space debris



are in an elongated orbit

around our sun,



but every now and then



one of them gets bumped



like a billiard ball

on a pool table



and is knocked

into a different orbit.



If this comet continues

on its path around the sun



and keeps

its present course,



sometime on August   

roughly a year from now,



there's a chance

that we might have impact.



So for the past   months,

the United States and Russia



have been building the largest

spaceship ever constructed.



It's being built in orbit

around the Earth.



And we call it the "Messiah".



Right now a team of American

astronauts and one Russian



are at Cape Canaveral

in Florida.



In   months, they will leave

on the shuttle "Atlantis"



to board the "Messiah".



This is the crew

that will stop the comet.



I'd like the world to meet

some extraordinary people.



First is Mission Commander

Oren Monash.



Commander, would you introduce

us to your team?



I'd be honoured, sir.



Pilot Andrea Baker.



Medical Officer



Gus Partenza.



From Russia,

nuclear specialist



Colonel Mikhail





Mark Simon



and Rendezvous Pilot

Spurgeon Tanner.




Mr President.



Captain Tanner,

you flew   shuttle missions.



You were the last man to walk

on the moon, weren't you?



Yes, sir,



but Oren here

will be doing



most of the flying

on this one.



I'll just

be taking us down



to the comet's




Well, it's good to know

we're going to have



your kind of experience

up there, Captain.



Thank you, sir.



Godspeed to you all.



We're counting on you.



Thank you, sir.



Got Beijing, Rome,

Sao Paulo, Cairo, Berlin!



Does anyone know how big

the one was



that killed

all the dinosaurs?



Something majestic, mysterious,

with a fanfare for the intro



and a theme

for the longer promos.



You want it hitting

the goddam Earth?



Well, that's what he's saying.

Bring that up again.



It'll scare the shit

out of them.



We will not tolerate any

disruption of our way of life.



Our society will

continue as normal.



Work will go on.

You will pay your bills.



There will be no hoarding.



There will be

no sudden profiteering.



I'm freezing all wages,

all prices.



What a bottle of water

cost you yesterday...



it will cost you tomorrow.



Now we'll take

a few questions.



Mr President!



Ms Lerner.






Ahem. Uh, Jenny Lerner,




Jenny Lerner?



Son of a bitch.



Um, Mr President,



why wasn't this announcement

made sooner?



Well, until we knew

we could build the rocket



and the comet

could be intercepted,



we saw no reason

to alarm the planet.



- Sir!

- Mr President!



Do you have another

question, Ms Lerner?



Yeah. Um...



Is... Is there a connection

between the comet



and the recall of American

troops from abroad?



Our fighting men

and women are coming home



because we felt it prudent,



in light of domestic

security concerns,



to have them available.



Although I certainly hope

we don't need to use them.



Next question.



Mr President!



Actually, Mr President,



if... just one final

question, sir. Um...



MSNBC has learned that

Secretary Rittenhouse



did not leave

for the reasons



announced by

your administration.



In fact,

isn't it true, sir,



that not everyone

in your administration



is convinced that the

"Messiah" will save us?



Secretary Rittenhouse served

his country with full devotion.



He resigned

for personal reasons.



Now, I can promise you this,

Ms Lerner, all of you,



everyone in this room and

everyone listening to my voice,



that at some point

over the next    months,



all of us will entertain

our worst fears and concerns.



But I can also

promise you this.



Life will go on.



We will prevail.



Mr President!







Sir, what is

the comet's name?



The   scientists

who found the comet



were killed in a car crash



while racing from their

observatory to alert the world.



So we named it for them.






Leo Biederman,

they said it again.






Leo, is he talking

about you?



He is, isn't he?



Can you get that,




Janie, get the door.



Well, we have the

technology to build the ship.



They have the technology

to make it go.



There's someone at

the door for you, Leo.



You've been

watching live coverage



of President Tom Beck...



I can't believe this.

This is so weird.



Dr Wolf

from Astronomy Club?



Yeah, I guess so.



I think

it's really neat.



Nobody on our block



discovered the world

was gonna end before.



He's still

very much alive.



He's still alive, everyone.



He's right here,

and he's still alive.






Hey, Leo, cool!



As far as we know,



what happened was

that Doctor Wolf



saw the comet

in my photograph,



so he shared

the discovery with me,



and then he was killed

in that crash



and everything got

mixed up in Washington,



so the president

thought I was dead, too.



- Leo!

- Leo!






How does it feel

having your name on it?



I don't want anyone to think



that I'm trying to take

something away from Dr Wolf,



because I'm not,

but it's kind of cool.



- Leo!

- Leo!






You know, you're gonna

have sex a lot more now



than anyone else

in our class.



Don't listen. Don't.






Thank you for your sexual

insight, Mr Thurman.



You can sit down now.



Famous people always

get sex, Mr Perry.



That's the main reason

it's good to be famous.



Fruit... a reactor,

bottle... a rocket, OK?



A nuclear reactor

in space?






Isn't that dangerous?



No, no, no. This is

all Russian design.



Russian science.



Uh, the same people

who designed Chernobyl.






Chernobyl almost worked.



# Fly me to the moon #



So what happens

after you plant the bomb?



Well, we have   hours.



We're gonna put the

bombs inside the comet.



I'm gonna follow

these two.



I don't trust

that combination.



After   hours,

the   -hour rotational cycle



of the comet spins.



We're gonna get married.



God knows I want

to marry you,



but the day I get back,



the last thing I'm gonna do

is step inside of a church.



I don't do churches well.



'Cause there's only

  hours of darkness.



Then the sun starts hitting

the surface of the planet...



These are your orders.



Upon first entering

Earth's atmosphere,



proceed immediately

up the exterior



of the mother ship.



When the sun

hits the surface,



there's gonna be

explosive outgassings



that are

very dangerous...



Gus, he's  .






You boys were, what,



  and   when I went

to the moon?






Now, you saw me go into space

  times, didn't ya?



I came back every time,

didn't I?






Your mother and I used to play

a game when she was still alive.



Now, the game was,



if there was a chance

I might not be coming back,



she wouldn't say it,

and I wouldn't say it.






- Yes, sir.

- Yes, sir.



Hey, Fish.



How about

a beer?



You remember my boys,

don't you?



Steve and Dwight.



Of course I do.




welcome to Houston.



Let me steal

your old man for a second.



Can I take your

picture, please?






Thank you.



So, what do you

think of the crew?



Heroes all.



That's the finest group

I ever had the privilege



of working with.



Yeah, yeah.



Off the record, huh?



Well, they've been trained

in ways I'll never understand.



They're smarter

and in better shape



than we ever were

in the old days.



They're sober, serious.



I guess I'd be a little happier

about this whole thing



if I thought that any of them

were as scared as I am.



Well, they're not

scared of dyin'.



They're just scared

of looking bad on TV.



Now, look, I wish

I'd been to the moon.



I got respect for everybody

who's gone to the moon,



but this mission

ain't going to the moon.



That's right.

Frank Gifford,



he was a great football

player in his time,



but if he played now,

he'd get his ass busted.



That's right.



All I'm saying is,

the moon did not have



a rotational cycle

of    hours.



I mean, we only have

  hours of dark



when the sun's not up

to land on this thing.



It was light

when he landed.



This is gonna be dark.



We're not gonna

be able to see.



You can't see now, Gus.



Don't worry,

don't worry, don't worry.



We what?



We can do it.



No, no, no. Sit down.



I woke up this morning,

and I realized...



none of you

want me here.



You don't even really know

who I am, which is OK.



I walked on the moon,



but I didn't belong to you.

I belonged to your daddies.



Now, if I ask you

to ask your daddies



what I meant to them,



to explain to you

what I'm doing here,



that's only gonna

make things worse.



So... what do we do?



You haven't trained

for this mission.



We respect you.



I appreciate that.



But you're here... you're here

because the powers that be



think we need a familiar

face on this trip.



You're here

for public relations.



No, no. I'm here because

the powers that be



know that I'm the only

person on this mission



who's ever landed

on the moon.



And I have     landings

on aircraft carriers.



We've trained on...



On flight







I mean, this is

not a video game, son.



It really isn't.



It really isn't. No.



We are go

for auto-sequence start.



Atlantis'   on-board computers

now have primary control



of all the vehicle's

critical functions.



OK, all flight controllers,



we're at T-minus    seconds

and counting.



Let's take a close look.



APUs look good,



LOX and LH 

are pressurized.






We're go for auto-sequence.



Roger, Jerry.



Good luck

and Godspeed, "Atlantis".



Thanks, Mitch.






Propelled by       

pounds of liquid fuel,



the shuttle crew heads toward

their initial destination.



When the crew

enters the "Messiah",



they will find a payload

of   nuclear devices



that will eventually be

used to blow up the comet.



The "Messiah" itself

will be powered



by an experimental

nuclear propulsion system



that was originally created



for a very

different purpose.



That programme

was called Orion.



Now, with the help

of Russian engineers,



a technology designed to propel

weapons of mass destruction



will power the ship

that will intercept



the greatest threat

our planet has ever faced.



Orion burn...


















OK, Beth,

White House reactions.




the whole world watching.



We have enough

satellite space?






Tim, Mission Control

in Houston.



Ira, the science guys

lined up?



If they got a Ph.D.,

we own them.



All right, this is the most

important story of our lives.



Let's not muck it up.




what about me?



- You're on the anchor desk.

- Whoa!



And you could have

been there a lot sooner.



What are you

talking about?



You know what

I'm talking about.



Don't ever hold back

a story from me again.



"Messiah", Houston.



Transfer trajectory is go.



We'll cancel MCC- .



You're go

to configure for coast.



Roger, Houston, we're

looking good here.



Jesus, that's big.



Holy shit.






Sweet mother of God.



All circuit breakers are open.



Master arm is off.






And the detonator

system is safe.



"Messiah", Houston.



Stand by for an uplink

of the final mole coordinates.



Confirm when complete.



Wilco, Houston.



Hey, how's it comin'?




first nuke now.




to stand-off.



R-dot    -X,  -Y.






R-dot point  ...  -X,



  point  -Y.



Go for auto trajectory.



We're there.



Residuals are nulled.



Disengage Orion.



Orion disengaged.



You're on bi-prop.



This is

a special presentation



of MSNBC News



with Jenny Lerner.



Good evening.



Sometime in the next hour,



the "Messiah" mission will

enter its most critical phase:



The interception

of Wolf-Biederman



and the setting of

the nuclear devices



that will deflect it off

its collision course with Earth.



But first,

Captain Spurgeon Tanner



will have to guide

the spacecraft



through the blizzard

of rocks, sand, and ice



that make up

the comet's tail, or coma.



The crew will have to complete

its work before the sun rises.




looks good, Mick.



Disengaging auto now.



I'm eyeballs out

from here on in.



How come that doesn't

make me feel any better?



I heard that.



Lights on.



Cameras on.



On the Mississippi River

in Mark Twain's time,



there were riverboat pilots



who only knew a few miles

of the river.



I mean, conditions

changed so much,



you couldn't

know the whole trip.



Floods, sandbars,

fallen logs...



It was all a riverboat pilot

could do



was to know his little

piece of the puzzle.



So for the next few hours,

this is my ship.



We start our approach.



...are images from cameras



mounted inside the cargo bay

of the "Messiah".



Now, these images are delayed

by approximately    seconds,



due to the distance

they must travel.



OK, you can see that the image

is breaking up a bit.



Uh, Houston is prepared

for this.



They've informed us that

due to the uncertain make-up



of the comet's coma,



they're unsure whether or not

transmission will be possible.



OK, now, now, it ap-appears

we're losing reception here.



OK, we've... we've

lost picture now.



But we will stay on the air.



We'll stay with you

through all of this.



Prop   %.



Dap is in descent.



Roger, descent.



Oh, my God.



Look at these.

They're the size of houses.



Yeah, I know.



I see.



Jesus Christ.



Prop,   %.



Cabin press,  . .



Negative guidance errors.






Use your

primary thrusters.



Primary thrusters.



What's the descent rate?



  feet per second.  .



Fire tether pitons.



Pitons fired.



She's levelling out.



Depressurizing bay.




payload doors.



Don't let that little bit

of gravity down there



go to your heads.






Start the clock.



If all is going

according to schedule,



the astronauts should

now be placing the moles



on the comet surface.



The moles are, well,

they're what they sound like.



They are drilling machines



that burrow

to a depth of     metres,



where they wait

to be detonated.



Each one carries

a      kiloton warhead.



How's our time?



It's getting tight.




It's taking too long.






What happens if

they do not get off



the comet's surface

in time?



The sun striking the comet

will cause the temperature



to rise     degrees

in just a few minutes



and activate

the high-speed gas jets.



Well, if that happens,



it will be like trying

to work in a minefield.



Mark, what's

your mole   readout?




running true at    feet.



Son of a bitch.






It's stuck.



Try backing it up.



Baker: What's your depth?






Is that enough?



No. That'll just break

pieces off the surface.



That's not

deep enough.



Yeah, Fish, I know

that's not deep enough.



I'm going in.



Oren, no.



No, I'm gonna see

if I can free it up.



Stand by,

tether attached.



All right, I gotcha.




suit pressure,  . .



Come on, come on.



How's my time?



  :  .



Another   minutes, they won't

have time to get back to us.



Blow the tethers.

Let's go get 'em.



If we go after them,



we may not have enough fuel

to get off the surface.



Blow the goddam tethers.



Mole   at depth.



We're heading

your way, Oren.



Calculate exactly

how much prop we need



to get off this rock.



We'll shut it down

when we hit it.



Will do.



It opens up

into a cave down here.



Mole got jammed

against the side.



OK, Fish,

team   at location  .



Give me your hand.



What the hell happened?



I don't know.

I don't know.




was going great,



and we got jammed

up at    feet.



OK, hold up.



All right,

try backing it up.



Roger that.



- That's it.

- A little more.



Shut it down.



No, they always put

extra in these tanks.



Fish, shut it down.






Come on, you bastard!

Come on! Time!



 :  .



Figured we'd better pick

you kids up after school.



Check your  




I think we'd

better hurry, boys.



All right, it's going!

It's going!



Mole's at     feet.



The sun's rising behind you.

It's coming up fast.



Face shields down!



Oh, Christ!



Get the hell

out of there!






Oren, get

your visor down.



Get your visor down!



Oh! My eyes!






All right, we got him.



Oh, God!

My eyes!



Oh, God,

we're losing one.



He's got escape velocity.

     feet and climbing.






Mark, Mikhail, get

the hell out of there!




primary thrusters.



Payload doors

still open.



Close 'em as we go.



Tanner, Over Speaker:

Houston, all moles are at depth.



Nukes hot and ready.



We lost Partenza

to explosive outgassing.



And Monash is injured.



We have to go get Gus.




no time for that.




the cargo bay.



He's going to die out there!



We can still find him.

He has a beacon.



I don't have time

to argue with you.



Just sit down

and be quiet.



Turn on

the fuckin' locator!



We've used most

of our propellant



to get us out

of the coma.



We can't just leave him.

We have to go back!



If we go back for Gus,

we all die.



We can't just

leave him in space!



Sit down, Mick.

Sit down.



It's OK.



The "Messiah" has safely

lifted off the comet.



But sadly,

Gus Partenza has been lost.



Gus Partenza, a native of

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,



and graduate of

Carnegie-Mellon University,



joined the NASA

Space Programme



shortly after completing

his medical training



at Duke University.



Dr Partenza was selected

specifically for this mission,



not only for his

medical expertise,



but also for his dedication



to the advancement

of space technology.






With the loss

of Dr Gus Partenza



and with Oren Monash




Captain Spurgeon Tanner

is now in charge of the mission.



The "Messiah"

has successfully docked



with the Orion-powered




and is now prepared

to detonate



the bombs planted

on Wolf-Biederman.



The "Messiah's"

exterior-mounted camera



will show us the detonation,



but not before being

temporarily blocked out



by the nuclear blast.



Once again, let me remind you,

there is a   -second delay,



so when the picture

comes back to us,



the comet should already

have been knocked off



its present course.



Prepare to remove

safeties and fire.



Safeties removed.



Weapons armed.









So now we're just waiting



for the picture

to come back.



Decompression in area  .






I'll get the halon!







I'm still here.



We're live

in    seconds.



Cue the president.



Mr President,




Hello, America.



It is my unhappy duty

to report to you



that the "Messiah"

has failed.



This computer-enhanced radar

image from Houston



shows how the detonation




however, did not

destroy the comet.



There are now   pieces...

one   miles wide,



the other,

a mile and a half.



Both are still on a path

towards Earth.



We've lost communication with

the "Messiah" spacecraft,



although we continue

to track it visually.



We don't know

how many are alive.



We don't know

their condition.



Now, we have to make

some decisions together.



What do we do?



You have a choice.

We have a choice...



Right now.



Ever since the comet

was discovered,



we've been hoping

and working for the best,



but we've also been

planning for the worst.



Our strategy

has been twofold.



First, our strategic

missile command



is preparing to coordinate

with the Russians



a massive strike

of Titan missiles



to intercept the comets.



If we can deflect

these comets enough,



they will bounce harmlessly

off our atmosphere



and head on out into space.



Unfortunately, the Titans

cannot be launched



until the comets

are only a few hours away.



And while we are confident

the missile attack will succeed,



it is only prudent that we

now take cautionary steps



to ensure the continuation

of our way of life,



to guarantee that there

will be enough of us left



to rebuild a new world



in the unlikely event that

the comets do strike the Earth.



So, in the soft limestone

of Missouri,



we've been preparing

a network of immense caves,



and they're almost finished.



And we can put

a million people in them.



And that million people can

survive there, underground,



for   years,



until the air clears

and the dust settles.



Now, the cave is more

than a dormitory.



It's our new Noah's Ark.



We're storing seeds

and seedlings,



plants, animals,

enough to start over.



On August   th,

a computer



will randomly select




to join the        scientists,

doctors, engineers,



teachers, soldiers, and artists,

who have already been chosen.



Other countries

are preparing similar caves



along whatever lines

they feel are best



to preserve their way

of life.



This is ours.



Beginning tonight and continuing

until the crisis passes,



I am declaring a state

of martial law.



The armed forces

and the National Guard



are working

with local law enforcement.



A national curfew begins

at midnight tonight.



Now, wherever you are,

go home.



Stay off the roads

after sunset.



Crimes against persons

or property



will be dealt with

swiftly and harshly.



News stations around the nation

are being faxed copies



of the lottery procedure

as we speak,



and they'll be broadcasting

the details to you



in a few moments.



I wish...






Wishing is wrong.



It's the wrong word

right now.



That's not what I mean.



What I mean is...



I believe in God.






I know a lot of you don't,



but I still want

to offer a prayer...



for our survival.



Mine included.



Because I believe that God,



whomever you hold

that to be,



hears all prayers,



even if sometimes

the answer is no.



So, may the Lord bless you.



May the Lord keep you.



May the Lord lift up His divine

countenance upon you...



and give you peace.



And in        ...



We now have the details

for the national lottery.



"Those of you

who have been preselected



will be notified

within the next few minutes."



"For the rest, on the night

of August   th,



those whose social

security numbers



have been randomly selected

by computer will be notified."



"While some Americans...

over    years of age



have been preselected

for the ARK



due to their expertise

in a necessary field of study,



no men and women over   

in the general population



will be included

in the lottery."






The evac... The evacuation

of those



who have been selected

for the ARK



will take no longer

than   days,



beginning on August   th."



"During this  -day period,



no unofficial travel

will be permitted."



"Those selected will be

taken by bus and train



to the underground ARK site

by military personnel."



"Civil defence teams

have been formed in every town



with a population over     ."



"They will distribute supplies

and organize group shelters



in underground

parking facilities



and other

appropriate sites."



"Construction plans..."



"Equipment lists,



and locations for securing

the necessary provisions..."






Yes, this is

Ellen Biederman.



"...on how to grow

your own food underground



and how to purify water



are now available on

the internet at www..."



We've been preselected.



"...fcda. Gov."



Chuck? Chuck?

Where are you going?



Our phone.

They could be calling.



"...beginning on August  th."



"The only phones that ring



will be those

of the people selected."



That's it.



That's all there is.



The interior

camera circuitry is shot.



So, Andy, can we get back

into the cargo bay



to reroute

the video functions?



Starboard cargo

porthole's blown.



We could go in

with the EVAs,



but there's not much left

in the life-support packs.



We should be able

to raise Houston



on the low band

once we get closer.



And the Orion

is still functioning?



System check was OK,



but I don't know about

the radiation shielding.



So, if we fire it up,



we beat the comet

back to Earth,



but we may end up glowing

in the dark. Right?



OK, so, uh...






Let's go home.






I have to say

it's liberating



knowing that I'm not

going to be called.



I don't think I've

ever been happier.



I've even

stopped smoking.



What are you gonna do with

all that extra money you save?



Do you know

the National Gallery



is saving

all of the art?



They're shipping it

to the caves.



I've given them my beautiful

  th-century desk



from New England and

all the Sheraton silver.



I really feel like

I'd protected something



when I gave them.



You should see

my apartment.



There's nothing there.



It's practically




Seems kind of unfair

that I got picked.



You know, I'm not

a doctor or a scientist.



People need continuity.



Everyone knows you.



And they trust you.



But I... can't help you.



Don't worry about me.



I'm gonna be happy



as long as I know

you're going to live.



Mr Hotchner?



Who did I think

I was going to be



when I bought that bike?



Well, every kid on

the block wants one now.



Every parent on the block

hates you for it.



That's the best news

I've had in years.



Um, sir?



Could you give me a hand

over here for a second?



Yes, sir.



I just want to get

these bars up.



Hi, Mrs Hotchner.



A mob

attacked and killed



a Miami rental yard operator



who was charging

$     an hour



for backhoe and

tractor rentals.



Marines intervened

to stop the violence.



Mrs Hotchner?



Sarah's on the hill.



Thank you.



Where were you




I've been looking

all over for you.



Why weren't you

at school?



My dad said

I didn't have to go.



He said there's no point.



I talked to

Civil Defence.



They said if

you and I got married



we'd be family,

and I could get you in.



What about my parents?

They're not your family.



I don't want to go

without my parents.



You don't have to. I'm

the famous Leo Biederman,



and I haven't used

my fame for anything,



but I got them to let

your family go, too.



You... This is your

only chance to survive.



Across the country,



looters continue to set fire

to abandoned stores.



The fires have been left to burn

since many firefighters



have been called

to help prepare shelters.



Throughout Latin America's

major cities,



business districts have been

abandoned to looting gangs...



Airlifts have been ruled out

as too dangerous.



More street fighting

in Moscow



as food and fuel shortages




Believes all things,

hopes all things,



endures all things.



When I was a child,

I spoke like a child,



I thought like a child,



I reasoned like a child.



When I became a man,

I gave up childish ways.



For now we see

in a mirror dimly,



but then face to face.



Now I know in part,



then I shall

understand fully,



even as I have been

fully understood.



Do you, Leo, take Sarah

to be your wife...



to have and to hold

from this day forward...



for better, for worse...



for richer, for poorer...



to love and to cherish?



I now pronounce you

husband and wife.



Here, let me

help you.



I'll get it.




How you feeling?



All right.



I want to tell you




You children didn't bring

any real books to read,



did you know that?



I brought "Moby Dick"

and "Huckleberry Finn"



and Baker and Simon

had never read them.



Now, I'm afraid

to ask you,



have you ever read

Melville or Twain?






Hey, I'm a child

of the movies, Fish.



OK, I see.






You got a shitty deal,

Oren, you know that?



You really did.



Don't worry about me.






I mean that. Really.



Don't worry about me.



My whole life I...



You know how it is

for guys like us.



You... You and I,

we're the same.



What do you mean

by that?



Gotta be the best.



Oh, I see.



Be... the best.



Sometimes I see

flashes of light...



You know,

like... colours.






I fall asleep...



and I dream.



But there's a part of me

that's always awake.



And I can see myself




I'm seeing things

differently, Fish.



Well, that's good.






why the hell do

they call you "Fish"?



Well, I...



Spurgeon, sturgeon,




Took about    minutes

of my first day



at the Naval Academy.






Your kids go there?



Yeah, they did.

They did.



And they're good men,

both of them.



I don't see as much

of them as I used to



when Mary was alive.



You don't have to talk

about it. It's OK.



No, it's OK. It's OK.



You're a married man.

You know what it's like.



Every marriage has its

good years and bad years.



We ended on a great year.







let's get started.



"Call me Ishmael."



"Several years ago, never

mind how long precisely,



having little or

no money in my purse...




about the mouth..."



"Whenever it is a damp,

drizzly November in my soul,



whenever I find myself...




people's hats off,



then I account it

high time



to get to sea

as soon as I can."



Listen up!



Hold it right there!



- Biederman?

- That's us.



IDs, please.



Yeah. Got them

right here.



There's   of us.






This is my wife Sarah.

We have a marriage licence.



Um, I have it right here.






All right. Let's go.

Let's move it out!



Mom? Sir? My parents

are coming, too.



Wait! The Hotchners.









It's not here.



It has to be there.



FCD A sent their names

to the White House.



They're not there.



Check the list again.



They must be there.



Give me

your bag, sweetie.



They're not on the list.

I'm sorry.



Let's go!



Sir! Could you check

it one more time?



I put you on the list.

They said you're on the list.



I put them on the list!



We're not on the list.



I need the

Biedermans on the bus now.



- What?

- I want to stay.



No, no, no, no!



I need to stay

with you!



Sarah! Sarah,

you need to go.



No. I have to stay

with you.



I'm not going anywhere

without you!




get on the bus!



Young lady,

this bus is moving out.



On the bus!

Get on the bus!



Chuck, we'll work it out

when we get there.



Jenny? There's

a phone call for you.






This is she.



Is Robin Lerner

my mother?






Uh,   .



I'll come down there then.

Thank you.



Thank you very much.



Jenny, do you want us

to do something?



You're too late. I already

took care of everything.



Come. Inside the car.

You're getting sick. Please.



I want to talk to you.



Please, come.



I don't give a shit.



Go home and tell it

to Chloe.



I can't.

She left me.



She's with her mother.

They both got scared.



Come. I want

to talk to you.



I need you.



How does it feel?



I feel like an orphan.



Jenny! Jenny!






Welcome to the ARK. I'm

section leader for Orange    .



That's where you'll be

calling home the next   years.



So gather your things and follow

me to the orientation gallery.



If you have been designated



as a civilian section officer,



report to section Red    

upon entering.



Once again, if you

have been designated



as a civilian

section officer,



report to section Red    

upon entering.






I'm not coming.



Leo, come with us

right now.



I have to go back

for Sarah.






Mom, I'm going.



Don, what are you




Giving him something to trade,

that's what I'm doing.



I want you to take this.



Dad, that's enough.



Goddam it.



You take care

of yourself, OK?



I'm gonna make it.



What about Entrekin?



I don't know. He hasn't

returned my call in   weeks.



- Excuse me, Jenny?

- Yeah?



Your father's here.









I can't stay long.

I'm leaving the city,



but I wanted to show you




I wanted to show you that

you're not an orphan.



I have proof that

you're not an orphan.









Where's Mom?



Behind the camera.



She took this?






And this one, too.



She was such an artist,

don't you think so?



You don't remember

when we take them, hmm?



I'm   years old. How

would I remember that?



Some people do remember

when they were   years old.



It was such

a beautiful day.



All alone on the beach.



And, of course, she would

have been in the picture,



but there was no one else

to hold the camera,



and... she insisted.



You know how she is.



How she was.






It was such a good day



for all of us.



Don't you remember?



Keep them.






We have now

confirmed the launch



of all the Titan missiles



from their positions in

North Dakota and Wyoming.



The comets are now

approximately    hours



outside of

Earth's atmosphere,



and we are told it should

take these missiles



less than    minutes

to reach their target.



OK, here's what

we're looking at.



All of the Titans

have been launched.



We still won't know if

they've made a difference.



The comets have

to travel for a while



before the radar tracking

stations can see



if they've been pushed

to a safe course



that'll bypass the Earth.



So, one more time

we have to wait.



Are we on?



We're on,

Mr President.



Our missiles have failed.



The comets are

still headed for Earth...



and there's nothing

we can do to stop them.



So, this is it.



If the world does go on...



it will not go on

for everyone.



We have now been able

to calculate



the comets'

final trajectories,



and we have determined where

they're going to strike.



The smaller of the   comets,

Biederman, will hit first,



somewhere along

the Atlantic Seaboard



probably in the waters off

the coast of Cape Hatteras



in just under    hours at

 :   p.m. Eastern daylight time.



The impact of the comet

is going to be...



Well, disastrous.



There will be

a very large tidal wave



moving quickly through

the Atlantic Ocean.



It will be     feet high,



travelling at

     miles an hour.



That's faster than

the speed of sound.



As it reaches shallow water,

it's going to slow down,



but the wave height,



depending on the depth

of the shelf off the coast,



will be anywhere from

     to      feet high.



Where the land is flat,



the wave will wash inland

    to     miles.



The wave will hit our nation's

capital    minutes after impact.



New York City, Boston,

Atlanta, Philadelphia...



all will be destroyed.



If you have any means of getting

away from the path of this wave,



leave now.



The impact of the larger comet



will be nothing less than

an extinction-level event.



It will strike land

in Western Canada



  hours after Biederman.



Within a week,



the skies will be dark

with dust from the impact



and they will stay dark

for   years.



All plant life

will be dead within...






Animal life within...



a few months.



So that's it.



Good luck to us all.



Could I bother

everyone for a minute?



Let's take a look

at the big one.



Now, the outgassing

has created a vent



a half mile wide and

at least   miles deep.



Comet gets closer to the sun,

sun melts the ice,



ice turns to steam,

we get a big hole, OK?



So, how many nukes do we

have left in the back?






If we can get the remaining

bombs in that vent,



there shouldn't be anything

left bigger than a suitcase.



We can't do anything

about the little one,



but it just might

give them a chance.



Without the arming codes,



we're going to have to wait

to set the bomb timers



until we get closer to Earth

to raise Houston.



We may not have enough

life support left



to get back into

the cargo bay for the nukes,



much less to go down

to the comet.



We sure as hell don't have

enough propellant left



in the "Messiah"

to manoeuvre with.



How are we supposed to get

back off the surface



once we've

gotten down there?



We don't.



Well, look at

the bright side.



We'll all have

high schools named after us.




this is "Messiah".




this is "Messiah".



We were beginning

to wonder



what you were doing

up there.




the view, Houston.



Fish, is that you?



Yep. We don't have time

to talk, Houston.



There's nothing we can do

about the smaller one,



but we do have a plan.



We need the arming codes

for the last   nukes.



Arming codes?

What the hell for?



We can do or we can teach.

What's your pleasure?



Get the arming codes!

Get the goddam codes!



We have one helicopter.

Holds   people.



We can ferry   people to

high ground in West Virginia



and take Jenny to the ARK.



Short stick goes.



I thought it was women

and children first.



If you get the short one,

you can give up your seat.



Thank God.



Well, that

makes sense.



I got a stick.

I got a stick.



I'm sorry, Beth.



OK, honey,

here we go.



Let's go now.






There's always the road.

We'll be OK.



Come on.

Ah, that's my girl.



OK, that's it.









Where's that key?



Where's the key?



Come on!

Hurry up! Come on!



No, wait.



What are you doing?!



We have to go now.

Come on! Come on!



Beth, what are you doing?



The road was so crowded.

We weren't gonna make it.



I thought if the wave comes,

we should be here



because she likes it here.



And we're on the   th floor,

so maybe we'll be OK.



Say goodbye to Jenny...

What are you doing?!



Move! Come on! Go!




Oh, my God! Caitlin!



- Come on!

- Caitlin! Catie!



Come on!

Faster! Faster!



No! No!



Come on! Let's go!



Hang on.

No room for this!



She's going with you!



You're taking my seat!



Come on!



Go! Go!




thank you!



Get her

in there!



That's too many.



I'm not going.






I'm not going, Erik.












Sarah, look!









Leo Biederman!







- Leo!

- Oh!



You don't have any time.

You have to go now.



No! Put this on!




what are you doing?



I want you to take

the baby.



What? No! Mom!



No arguments,




I don't want to go!



Grab his foot,




Let's go.



Mom? Mom!



Sweetheart, listen to me.

Let go. Put this on.



- I love you, too.

- I love you.



I've always loved you.



I love you.



I don't want to go!



Take care, honey.

Put this on.



I'll see you soon!

I'll see you soon!



Get out of here.

Go to high ground.



When I was    I took

$   from your wallet.



When you were a baby...



I once dropped you

on your head.



When you came to the studio

and brought those pictures,



I lied when I said

I didn't remember.



I remember everything.



I remember that we

were right over there,



and that's when Mom got

that picture of the house.



It was a perfect,

happy day.



I came down here

to let you know that.



Thank you.



I've missed you

since then.



I missed you, too.









Hold on!



This is "Messiah".

We're ready to begin our run.



Are our families there yet?



Disengage auto path.



Here we go.



We're at perigee.



Wolf contact in

  minutes,    seconds.



We'll never be closer to home

than we are right now.



Come on!



"Messiah", we got

some people here



that want

to talk to you.



Wendy, honey...



you promise me you'll keep

doing your church thing,



and I'll be there

right next to you,



haunting you.



You better come back

and haunt me.



I love you.



There's Mommy.



Hello, Mommy.



Hey, you take

care of Daddy for me, OK?



She does

a good job.



She misses




I miss you.



I love you, Mommy.



I love you.

Very, very much.






You know what

I want to say.



I know.



Come on!



Wolf contact in

  minutes,    seconds.



Oren, Mariette's up

at your folks' place in Utah.



We sent a plane,

but she isn't here yet.



Fish, your sons are

both on active duty.



We tried to get them back,



but we couldn't

get them here on time.



I'm sorry.



Well, Mitch, uh...



I want to say

goodbye to Mary.



I want to tell her

I love her...



and that ever since

we've been apart,



every day,

I think about her.



Mary, I'm coming home.



Coming up

on target,     miles.



Range     miles.



Wait! Oh, God, wait!






I'm coming!



Oren? Oren,

are you there?



Mariette? I'm here.

I can hear you.



Hi, sweetie.

This is your father.



His name is Oren.

I named him after you.



Hello, Oren.



Show him what

you brought him.



He's holding up

a little rocket.



That's a mighty powerful

rocket you got there.



He's laughing.



I can hear him.

I know.






I'm hugging you both

right now.



I'm holding you.






Prepare to synchronize

the nukes.






























It's been a pleasure

serving with you, Commander.



The honour's

all mine, Andy.



Be good, Oren.



Be good.



We watched as the bombs

shattered the second comet



into a million of pieces

of ice and rock



that burned harmlessly

in our atmosphere



and lit up the sky

for an hour.



Still, we were left with

the devastation of the first.



The waters

reached as far inland



as the Ohio

and Tennessee Valleys.



It washed away

farms and towns...



forests and skyscrapers.



But the water receded.



The wave hit Europe

and Africa, too.



Millions were lost.



Countless more

left homeless.



But the waters receded.



Cities fall...



but they are rebuilt.



And heroes die...



but they are remembered.



We honour them

with every brick we lay...



with every field we sow...



with every child we comfort

and then teach to rejoice



in what

we have been regiven.



Our planet.



Our home.



So now...



let us begin.


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