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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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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

When the film opened in Japan in 1990, it underperformed, so the producers extensively recut and reshot scenes to secure an American distributor. Director Richard C. Sarafian was unhappy with how this turned out, and had his name removed from the credits and replaced with the Director's Guild of America alias Alan Smithee. Sarafian's son, Tedi Sarafian, who performed rewrites, was credited as Crispan Bolt. 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

Travis Rides Again
Composed by Tedi Sarafian
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Smithee strikes again
27 December 2002 | by culwinSee all my reviews

Disowned by Richard C. Sarafian, this disaster stunk up Japanese theaters before coming to the States and going immediately to video, where it was not seen again until the Turner networks needed something other than infomercials to fill their 3am-6am time slots and found this tape at the bottom of their bin. The Smithee name is supposed to be used when the studio hacks the movie so badly that the director no longer wants his name attached to it. But I'm afraid that Sarafian can not blame the studio entirely on this one. The actors, mostly recent graduates of "Overacting 101", deliver one cornball line after another. The plot is convoluted. The special effects are unimpressive. The parts that aren't laughable are just plain boring. The script or the book must have been good - why else would Palance, Matheson, Boyle, or Heston agree to appear in this dud? But something went horribly wrong from the page to the screen. Summary: Avoid. Not even bad enough to be so-bad-it's-good.


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