It is worse than a crime: it is a mistake.Joseph Fouche
- The United States government just asked us to save the world. Anyone wanna say no?
- We win, Gracie!
- This is one order you shouldn't follow and you FUCKING know it!
- When the rogue comet went through the asteroid belt, it sent shrapnel right for us. For the next 11 days, the Earth's in a shooting gallery. Even if the asteroid its self hits the water, it's still hitting land. It will slam into the ocean bedrock. Now if it's a Pacific Ocean impact, which we think it will be, it will create a tidal wave about 3 miles high, flash boil millions of gallons of sea water. It will hit the West Coast and wash up in Denver. Japan is gone, Australia is wiped out. Half of the Earth's population will be incinerated by the heat blast, the rest will freeze to death in a nuclear winter. Basically the worst parts of the Bible.
Charles "Chick" Chapple
- Harry? The clock on that nine-foot nuclear weapon is tickin'.
- You wanna compare brainpans? I won the Westinghouse prize when I was 12. Big deal. Published at 19, so what. I got a double doctorate from MIT at 22. Chemistry and Geology. I taught at Princeton for two and a half years. Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?
- Wow. Got a great view of the Earth from here. Too bad we'll never set foot on her again.
- Guess what guys, it's time to embrace the horror! Look, we've got front row tickets to the end of the earth!
- We're staying, we're going, we're staying, we're going, make up your mind!
Col. William Sharp
- Talk about the wrong stuff. [upon seeing Harry and his crew for the first time]
- United States astronauts train for years. You have twelve days.
- Miss Stamper? [salutes Grace] Colonel Willie Sharp, United States Air Force, ma'am. Requesting permission to shake the hand of the daughter of the bravest man I've ever met.
- American components, Russian components, they are all made in Taiwan!
- I feel gravity!
- A.J.: No. If anybody's anybody, I'm Han and you're Chewbacca.
- Oscar: Chewie! Have you even seen Star Wars?
- A.J.: Have you ever heard of Evel Knievel?
- Lev Andropov: No, I never saw Star Wars.
- Rockhound: Hey Harry.
- Harry Stamper: What?
- Rockhound: You realize we're sitting on 45,000 pounds of fuel, one nuclear warhead and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder? Makes you feel good doesn't it?
- Harry: Yeah, Rock.
- A.J.: Tell Grace that I'll, I'll always be with her. Can you do that?
- Harry Stamper: Yeah. Okay, kid. [pulls AJ's air hose out and rips off his own mission badge and hands it to AJ] Give this to Truman! Make sure Truman gets that! Get in there. [pushes AJ back into the hatch and closes the door] It's my turn now.
- A.J.: Harry! You can't do this to me! It's my job!
- Harry: You go take care of my little girl now. That's your job. I always thought of you as a son. I'd be damn proud to have you marry Grace.
- A.J.: Harry…
- Harry: You take care of yourself. [pushes a button sending the hatch up] I love you.
- A.J.: No wait Harry I love you! Harry don't do this! I love you! No wait a minute!
- Harry Stamper: Bye son.
- Harry Stamper: What's your contingency plan?
- Truman: Contingency plan?
- Harry: Your backup plan. You gotta have some kind of backup plan, right?
- Truman: No, we don't have a back up plan, this is, uh…
- Harry: And this is the best that you-that the government, the U.S. government could come up with? I mean, you're NASA for crying out loud, you put a man on the moon, you're geniuses! You're the guys that're thinking 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 [gestures to USAF pilots], that is the world's hope, that's what you're telling me?
- Truman: Yeah.
- President: I address you tonight not as the President of the United States, not as a leader of a country, but as a citizen of humanity. We are faced with the very gravest of challenges. The Bible calls this day "Armageddon"-the end of all things. And yet, for the first time in the history of the planet, a species has the technology to prevent its own extinction. All of you praying with us need to know that everything that can be done to prevent this disaster is being called into service. The human thirst for excellence, knowledge, every step up the ladder of science, every adventurous reach into space, all of our combined technologies and imaginations, even the wars that we've fought have provided us the tools to wage this terrible battle. Through all of the chaos that is our history, through all of the wrong and the discord, through all of the pain and the suffering, through all of our times, there is one thing that has nourished our souls, and elevated our species above its origins, and that is our courage. The dreams of an entire planet are focused tonight on those fourteen brave souls traveling into the heavens. And may we, citizens the world over, see these events through. God speed, and good luck to you.
- President: What is this thing?
- Truman: It's an asteroid, sir.
- President: How big are we talking?
- Scientist: Sir, our best estimate is 97.6 billion…
- Truman: It's the size of Texas, Mr. President.
- President: Dan, we didn't see this thing coming?
- Truman: Well, our object collison budget's about a million dollars a year. That allows us to track about 3% of the sky, and begging your pardon sir, but it's a big-ass sky.
- President: Is this, going to hit us?
- Truman: We're efforting that as we speak sir.
- President: What kind of damage?
- Truman: Damage? A total, sir. It's what we call a global killer. The end of mankind. Doesn't matter where it hits, nothing would survive, not even bacteria.
- President: My God. What do we do?
- Harry: None of you have to go. You can all just sit here on Earth and wait for this big rock to crash into it, killing everything and everybody we know. The United States government just asked us to save the world. Anybody wanna say no?
- Chick: 20 years. Haven't turned you down once. Not about to start now. I'm there.
- Freddy Noonan: Guess I can't let you go up there alone.
- Bear: I'm with you.
- Oscar: Man, this is historic. Guys, this is, like, deep blue hero stuff! Of course I'm in.
- Rockhound: While I don't share his enthusiasm…you know me. Beam me up, Scotty!
- Harry: You all right, Max?
- Max: I…I…whatever you think?
- Harry: [to A.J] How about you?
- A.J.: I'm in.
- Harry: All right then. We go.
- Rockhound: I don't mean to be the materialistic weasel of this group, but…do you think we'll get hazard pay out of this?
- [after the asteroid landing goes wrong]
- Rockhound: We're in segment 202, lateral grid 6, site 15H32-give or take a few yards. Captain American here blew the landing by 26 miles!
- Col. Sharp: How the hell do you know that?
- Rockhound: Because I'm a genius.
- Watts: The gauges will not read. They're all peaked like we're plugged into some magnetic field.
- Rockhound: [sarcastically] Who on this spaceship wants to know why?
- Gruber: By all means.
- Rockhound: The reason we were shooting for grid 8 was because thermographics indicated that grid 9 was compressed iron ferrite…which means you've landed us on a goddamn iron plate!
- [during the standoff with the bomb]
- Harry: For God's sakes, think about what you're doin'. Why are you listening to someone that's a hundred thousand miles away? No one down there can help us and if we don't get this job done, then everybody's gone.
- Chick: Forty two seconds.
- Harry: I have been drilling holes in the earth for thirty years. And I have never, never missed a depth that I have aimed for. And by God, I am not gonna miss this one. I will make 800 feet.
- Col. Sharp: You swear on your daughter's life, on my family's, that you can hit that mark?
- Harry: I will make 800 feet. I swear to God I will.
- Col. Sharp: [lowers his gun] Then let's turn this bomb off.
- [Rockhound is riding the bomb, a la Dr. Strangelove]
- Col. Sharp: Get off…the nuclear…warhead.
- Rockhound: Just wanted to feel the power between my legs, brother.
- Col. Sharp: NOW!
- [Rockhound climbs off]
- Rockhound: Hey Colonel! [Sharp turns to look at him] NO NUKES! NO NUKES! NO NUKES!
- Harry: You got any bullets left in that gun?