Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Armageddon movie

“Armageddon” is a blockbuster science fiction disaster film released by Touchstone Pictures in 1998, directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The movie features an ensemble cast, including Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Billy Bob Thornton, and Steve Buscemi.

The film centers around a group of oil drillers led by Harry Stamper, played by Bruce Willis, who are recruited by NASA to prevent an asteroid the size of Texas from colliding with Earth and causing a global catastrophe. NASA discovers the impending impact, and they realize that traditional methods of stopping it won’t work. As a last resort, they turn to the team of roughneck drillers, as they are the only ones capable of drilling a hole deep enough into the asteroid to plant a nuclear bomb.

Harry and his team undergo intense training to become astronauts and are sent into space aboard the space shuttle to accomplish their dangerous mission. Along the way, they face numerous challenges and life-threatening situations. The crew’s camaraderie, bravery, and determination to save the world provide both tense and emotional moments throughout the film.

Interwoven with the action-packed plot is the emotional relationship between Harry and his daughter Grace, portrayed by Liv Tyler, as well as the budding romance between A.J. Frost, played by Ben Affleck, and Grace. These personal relationships add depth and emotional resonance to the high-stakes mission, making “Armageddon” more than just a typical disaster film.

With groundbreaking special effects, gripping action sequences, and a memorable score by Trevor Rabin, “Armageddon” became a massive box office success and solidified its place as one of the most iconic disaster movies of the late 1990s. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film remains a beloved classic among fans of sci-fi and action films.

“Armageddon” is a thrilling and emotionally charged adventure that showcases the resilience of the human spirit in the face of an unprecedented catastrophe. It continues to captivate audiences with its heart-pounding action and heartwarming moments, making it a timeless favorite in the genre.

Fun Facts

  • The screenplay for “Armageddon” underwent numerous rewrites during production, with multiple writers contributing to the final script. J.J. Abrams, known for his work on TV shows like “Lost” and films like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” was one of the writers involved.
  • The film’s production budget was estimated to be around $140 million, making it one of the most expensive films ever made at the time.
  • “Armageddon” received mixed reviews from critics but was a commercial success, grossing over $553 million worldwide.
  • The movie is known for its high-octane action sequences and explosive special effects, which are characteristic of director Michael Bay’s style.
  • Aerosmith’s hit song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was written specifically for the film and became one of the band’s most successful singles, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  • The training sequences for the film involved the actors undergoing intense physical preparation and working with NASA consultants to understand the logistics and challenges of space missions.
  • The film’s depiction of the asteroid impact and its consequences on Earth drew criticism from scientists for its scientific inaccuracies, but it was praised for its entertainment value.
  • “Armageddon” has gained a dedicated fan following and is often considered a quintessential action-packed disaster film of the late 1990s.

Additional Details


  • Bruce Willis: Harry S. Stamper
  • Billy Bob Thornton: Dan Truman
  • Ben Affleck: A.J. Frost
  • Liv Tyler: Grace Stamper
  • Will Patton: Chick
  • Steve Buscemi: Rockhound
  • William Fichtner: Colonel Willie Sharp
  • Owen Wilson: Oscar
  • Michael Clarke Duncan: Bear
  • Peter Stormare: Lev Andropov
  • Ken Campbell: Max
  • Jessica Steen: Co-Pilot Jennifer Watts
  • Keith David: General Kimsey
  • Chris Ellis: Flight Director Clark
  • Jason Isaacs: Ronald Quincy
  • Grayson McCouch: Gruber
  • Clark Brolly: Noonan
  • Marshall Teague: Colonel Davis
  • Anthony Guidera: Co-Pilot Tucker
  • Greg Collins: Halsey
  • John Mahon: Karl
  • Grace Zabriskie: Dottie
  • Eddie Griffin: bike messenger
  • Narration: Charlton Heston


  • Director: Michael Bay
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Gale Anne Hurd and Michael Bay
  • Screenplay: Jonathan Hensleigh and JJ Abrams

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