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A Fire in the Sky (1978)

Astronomers discover a comet that they believe will crash into Phoenix, Arizona. They attempt to warn officials, but no one believes them.

Director:

Jerry Jameson

Writers:

Dennis Nemec (teleplay), Michael Blankfort (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Crenna ... Jason Voight
Elizabeth Ashley ... Sharon Allan
David Dukes ... David Allan
Joanna Miles ... Jennifer Dreiser
Lloyd Bochner ... Paul Gilliam
Merlin Olsen ... Stan Webster
Andrew Duggan ... President
Maggie Wellman ... Carol
Nicolas Coster ... Governor
Marj Dusay ... Ellen Gilliam
John Larch ... Johnson
Kip Niven ... Mac
William Bogert ... Wayne Lustus
Jenny O'Hara ... Ann Webster
Michael Biehn ... Tom Rearden
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Storyline

Astronomers discover a comet that they believe will crash into Phoenix, Arizona. They attempt to warn officials, but no one believes them.

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Taglines:

The countdown to annihilation has begun ... And nothing on earth can stop it!

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fire in the Sky See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Similar to Fire in the Sky (1993) besides similar titles. Both movies take place in Arizona and have stars from the terminator franchise. Michael Biehn from this film starred in The Terminator (1984), and Robert Patrick starred in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). See more »

Goofs

There are frequent shots of the comet as seen from space showing the comet quickly brightening and darkening. From space the comet's appearance would remain virtually unchanged except for increasing brightness as it nears the Sun. In variation in brightness would be visible from Earth due to atmospheric disturbance, not from space. The comet would only brighten significantly as it impacts the Earth's atmosphere, moments before it explodes. See more »

Quotes

Jason Voight: You can't miss us, there's a big white arrow pointing right down on us!
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Alternate Versions

In the movie's premiere telecast, the sequence showing the impact and results lasted 4 minutes. In subsequent airings, the sequence was shortened to 2 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981) See more »

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Classic trash
18 January 2001 | by antcSee all my reviews

Spawned from the disaster move craze of the 70's, with all the production and artistic values one would expect from a network dramatic production. So horrible I can never take my eyes off the screen.

Having grown up in Phoenix, the destruction scenes -- including a hilarious shot of the Hyatt rotating restaurant spinning off like a Frisbee -- are my particular favorite.


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