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Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster film produced and directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of blue-collar deep-core drillers sent by NASA to stop a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with Earth. It stars Bruce Willis and an ensemble cast comprising Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, William Fichtner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Keith David, and Steve Buscemi.

Plot

A massive meteor shower destroys the orbiting Space Shuttle Atlantis, before entering the atmosphere and bombarding New York City. NASA discovers that the meteors were pushed out of the asteroid belt by a rogue comet that jarred loose a Texas-sized asteroid that will impact Earth in 18 days, causing an extinction level event that will wipe out all life on the planet. NASA scientists plan to drill a deep shaft into the asteroid and plant a nuclear weapon which, when detonated, will split the asteroid into two halves that will fly safely past Earth. NASA contacts Harry Stamper, considered the best deep sea oil driller in the world, for assistance. Harry departs for Houston with his daughter Grace, where Harry agrees to participate in the mission, explaining that he will need his team: Chick, Rockhound, Max, Oscar, Bear, Noonan, and A.J., Grace's lover, to whom Grace gets engaged shortly before the mission. They also agree to help once their unusual list of demands is met.

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    contentLocation Florida New York City Paris
    director Michael Bay
    editor Chris Lebenzon Glen Scantlebury Mark Goldblatt
    genre action adventure science fiction
    keywords 1998 golden satellite awards 1998 in film 1999 grammy awards 1999 mtv movie awards 19th golden raspberry awards (53319) 1999 jm8 71st academy awards academy award academy award for best original song academy award for best sound academy awards advanced advertising campaign aerosmith air force base alien ann biderman annoy armageddon – les effets speciaux arthouse asteroid belt at the movies awards of the japanese academy best action sequence best actor best costumes best direction best director best movie best movie song best music best on-screen duo best original song best performance best science fiction film best sound best sound effects editing best special effects best supporting actor best visual effects big ivan bike messenger blockbuster entertainment awards blu-ray charlton heston cinemascore claim \'\'columbia\'\' disaster cut dark city deep impact deep sea diane warren disneyland paris drill edit edwards air force base end engage entertainment weekly even extinction event extinction level event feature film film critic film project force foreign language fx gene siskel george watters ii golden raspberry award for worst actor golden raspberry award for worst director golden raspberry award for worst original song golden raspberry award for worst picture golden raspberry award for worst screen couple/ensemble golden raspberry award for worst screenplay golden raspberry award for worst supporting actress golden reel award golden satellite awards 1998 golden trailer awards grammy award gravity assist green-light greg p. russell h-bomb highest grossing film of 1998 worldwide home video i don\'t want to miss a thing in memoriam james cameron japan academy prize japan academy prize for outstanding foreign language film jeanine basinger jim ishida joe roth john frazier johnson space center keith a. wester ken campbell kennedy space center kevin o\'connell kill last second leicester university lost world machine gun married marshall teague martial law mercury rising meteor shower miami herald mir mission control monogram movie actor mtv movie award for best action sequence mtv movie award for best movie mtv movie award for best on-screen duo mtv movie award for best performance mtv movie award for best song from a movie nasa nervous breakdown open orb orbit outstanding foreign language film pain & gain patrick mcclung paul attanasio potentially hazardous asteroid president president of the united states pretty woman project a rat razzie awards revell review aggregator richard r. hoover robert roy pool robert towne roger ebert rotten tomatoes satellite award for best original song satellite award for best visual effects saturn award saturn award for best actor saturn award for best costume saturn award for best direction saturn award for best director saturn award for best music saturn award for best science fiction film saturn award for best special effects saturn award for best supporting actor saturn awards saving private ryan scott rosenberg screenwriting shanghai siege siskel and ebert slingshot sound effect soviet union space shuttle space shuttle atlantis space shuttle columbia disaster space station special effects special feature spice world spring stinkers bad movie awards super bowl super bowl xxxii survive teen choice awards terajoules than the the criterion collection the daily telegraph the national the walt disney studios touchstone home video train variety visual effects walt disney walt disney studios walt disney studios home entertainment walt disney studios park wesleyan university will kaplan worst actor worst director worst original song worst picture worst screen couple worst screenplay worst supporting actress
    musicBy Harry Gregson-Williams Trevor Rabin
    nomination Academy Award for Best Sound Editing Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
    producer Gale Anne Hurd Jerry Bruckheimer Michael Bay
    productionCompany Jerry Bruckheimer Films Touchstone Pictures Valhalla Motion Pictures
    publisher Buena Vista Pictures
    recordedAt New Mexico The Julie Andrews Stage
    theme disaster impact event science fiction science fiction action