Deep Impact

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Deep Impact is a 1998 disaster movie in which a comet is on a collision course with the Earth. It's up to a team of astronauts to stop the comet before it destroys all of humanity.

Directed by Mimi Leder. Written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin.
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President Tom Beck

  • Secretary Rittenhouse served his country with full devotion. he resigned for personal reasons. Now, I can promise you this, Miss Lerner, all of you, everyone in this room and everyone listening to my voice, that at some point over the next ten months, all of us will entertain out worst fears and concerns. But I can also promise you this. Life will go on, we will prevail.
  • [last lines] We watched at the bombs shattered the second comet into a million pieces of ice and rocks that burned harlmessly in our atmosphere, and lit up the sky for an hour. Still, we were left with the devastation of the first. The waters reached as far inland as the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. It washed away farms and towns, forests and skyscrapers, but the water receded. The wave hit Europe and Africa, too. Millions were lost, countless more left homeless, but the waters receded. Cities fall, but they are rebuilt. And heroes die, but they are remembered. We honor them with every brick we lay, with every field we sow, with every child we comfort and then teach to rejoice in what we have been regiven. Our planet, our home. So now, let us begin.


  • Jason Thurman: Hey, Leo, now that you're famous, you'll get a lot more sex than anyone else in your class.
  • Leo Biederman: [to his parents] I have to go back for Sarah.


Jenny Lerner: We know everything.
Alan Rittenbouse: Nobody knows everything.
Jenny Lerner: Well, we know about the secret phone lines, and the whispered calls to the president, and about a secretary of the Treasury who's kept his entire department in the dark about what he's really doing, about a cover story about his resignation that just fell through. I mean, sir, you want me to go on?
Alan Rittenhouse: And you're just gonna break it?
Jenny Lerner: Well, that's what we do for a living.
Alan Rittenhouse: Well, congratulations, you now have the biggest story in history. Good luck to you. Personally, I think it's a mistake to run the story, but hey, what the hell? Why not? What difference does anything make anymore? Look, I know you're just a reporter, but you used to be a person, right? I wanted to be with my family. Can you understand that?

President Tom Beck: We always thought the deadline for public knowledge of next year's budget since we've spent more money than we can account for. That won't happen for two weeks. I don't suppose I could prevail upon you to wait for two weeks in the name of national security.
Jenny Lerner: Two weeks? There's no such thing as two weeks in the news business.
President Tom Beck: And I can't appeal to your sense of what's in the nation's best interest.
Jenny Lerner: I always thought the truth was in the nation's best interest.

President Tom Beck: Give us two days, Miss Lerner, you'll get second row centre, at the White House press conference. Now, from what I know of your career, that's a promotion.
Jenny Lerner: I want exclusivity.
President Tom Beck: Now listen, young lady. This is a presidental favour. I'm letting you go because I don't want another headache. And I'm trusting you because I know what this can do for your career. Now, it might seem that we each other over the same barrel, but it just seems that way.
Jenny Lerner: I want...
President Tom Beck: You want?
Jenny Lerner: May I... May I have the first question?
President Tom Beck: I'll see you Tuesday, Miss Lerner.

Oren Monash: Sometimes I see flashes of light. You know like colours. I fall asleep and I dream. But there's a part of me that's always awake. And I can see myself dreaming. I'm just seeing things differently, Fish.
Spurgeon Tanner: Well, that's good.
Oren Monash: Fish. Why the hell do they call you "Fish"?
Spurgeon Tanner: Spurgeon, sturgeon, fish. Took me about 15 minutes of my first day at the Naval Academy.
Oren Monash: Your kids go there?
Spurgeon Tanner: Yeah, they did. They did. And they're good men, both of them. I don't see as much of them as I used to when Mary was alive.
Oren Monash: You don't have to talk about it. It's O.K.
Spurgeon Tanner: No, it's O.K. It's O.K. You're a married man; you know what it's like. Every marriage has it's good years and bad years. We ended on a great year. Well, lets get started. Moby Dick, chapter one. "Call me Ishmael. Several years, never mind how long precisely, having little or no money in my purse... grim about the mouth." "Whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul, whenever I find myself knocking people's hats off, then I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."

Spurgeon Tanner: Could I bother everyone for a minute? Let's take a look at the big one. Now the outgassing has created a vent a half a mile wide and at least two miles deep. Comet gets closer to to the sun, sun melts the ice, ice turns to steam, we get a big hole, O.K.? So, how many nukes we have left in the back?
Mikhail Tulchinsky: We have four.
Spurgeon Tanner: If we get the remaining bombs in that vent, there shouldn't be anything left in that comet bigger than a suitcase. We can't do anything about the little one, but it just might give them a chance. Without the arming codes, we're going to have to wait to set the bomb timers until we get closer to Earth to raise Houston.
Mikhail Tulchinsky: We may not have enough life support left to get back into the cargo bay for the nukes, much less go down with the comet.
Mark Simon: We sure as hell don't have enough propellant left in the Messiah to manuever with. How do we set the nukes inside the comet and get out before they blow?
Oren Monash: We don't.
Andrea Baker: Look on the bright side. We'll all have high schools named after us.

Jenny Lerner: When I was 11, I stole $32 from your wallet.
Jason Lerner: When you were a baby, I once dropped you on your head.
Jenny Lerner: When you came to the studio and brought me those pictures, I lied when I said I didn't remember. I remember everything, I remember that we were right over there, and that's when Mom got that picture of the house. It was a perfect happy day. I came down here to let you know that.
Jason Lerner: Thank you.
Jenny Lerner: I've missed you since then.
Jason Lerner: [embraces her] I missed you too.

Andrea Baker: It's a pleasure serving with you , Commander.
Spurgeon Tanner: The honor is all mine, Andy.


  • Heaven and Earth are about to colide.
  • Cities fall. Oceans rise. Hope survives.


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