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 Dan Truman: Our object collision budget's a million dollars. That allows us to track about 3% of the sky, and beg'n your pardon sir, but it's a big-ass sky.

Dan Truman: Even if the asteroid itself hits the water, it's still hitting land. It'll flash boil millions of gallons of sea water and slam into the ocean bedrock. Now if it's a Pacific Ocean impact, which we think it will be, it'll create a tidal wave 3 miles high, travel at a thousand miles an hour, covering California, and washing up in Denver. Japan's gone, Australia's wiped out. Half the world's population will be incinerated by the heat blast, and the rest will freeze to death from nuclear winter.

Harry Stamper: And this is the best that you c - that the-The Government, the U.S. government can come up with? I mean, you-you're NASA for cryin' out loud, you put a man on the moon, you're geniuses! You-you're the guys that think this shit up! I'm sure you got a team of men sitting around somewhere right now just thinking shit up and somebody backing them up! You're telling me you don't have a backup plan, that these eight boy scouts right here, that is the world's hope, that's what you're telling me?

General Kimsey: We spend 250 billion dollars a year on defense. And here we are. The fate of the planet is in the hands of a bunch of retards I wouldn't trust with a potato gun!

Rockhound: Yeah, I remember this one. It's where the, uh, the coyote sat his ass down in a slingshot then he strapped himself to an Acme rocket. Is that - is that what we're doin' here?

Rockhound: You know we're sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder?

  • Apocalypse How
  • Crazy Awesome: Lev Andropov. Also counts as an Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Lots of people complained about the science goofs and the plot holes. Film critics were absolutely merciless and wrote scathing reviews. But the Trevor Rabin soundtrack may have been worth the price of admission all by itself.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Lev and Rochhound.
  • Funny Aneurysm Moment: In the first ten minutes of the film, New York is decimated by a meteorite shower (See Harsher in Hindsight). It's kind of worth mentioning that in the middle of this scene there's a cabbie that screams something with each impact: "Look at that! Whoa! We're at war! Saddam Insane is bombing us!" Oh, the innocent irony of 90s catastrophe films.
    • Made even more ironic by the fact that, despite Saddam Hussein's lack of involvement in 9/11, America still ended up going back to war with him less than a decade later...
  • Harsher in Hindsight: very disturbing to see the World Trade Center twin towers with huge gaping holes in them after the events of 9/11.
    • Not to mention the destruction of the Space Shuttles Atlantis and Independence after the Columbia disaster.
  • Nightmare Fuel: those are people falling out of the Chrysler Building during the meteor shower in New York City. For additional Squick, watch the movie frame per frame. That thing that just fell on a cab's trunk, severely deforming it? Not a piece of building.
  • So Bad It's Good
  • Tear Jerker: for a testosterone-fueled Action Movie, there are several couples, but the tearjerking scene mostly involved Grace and Harry.
    • Special mention for the music video for the song I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, where they mirror the most tear jerking scene in the entire movie, only with Liv and Steve Tyler...
    • Chick's reunion with his son is another.
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