Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past

Hugh Wilson (1998)

12 Certificate


Our Score
In this comedy, a married couple (Sissy Spacek and Christopher Walken) become convinced that an atomic bomb is about to drop on 1960s America and seal themselves in an elaborate fallout shelter for 35 years. What will their naive son (Brendan Fraser) make of the cynical 1990s when he's sent out into the world for the first time? Not quite enough to hold the attention, unfortunately, in Hugh Wilson's somewhat laboured "culture clash" excursion, as Fraser enlists the aid of streetwise Alicia Silverstone in his quest for supplies. Though the tone is sweet, the gags fail to bite and there's little innovation on offer beyond the initial premise. But it's pleasant enough, with Fraser's goofy charm particularly winning.


In the early 1960s, a paranoid scientist takes his wife into an underground bomb shelter, believing the world to have been destroyed in a nuclear war. Thirty-five years later, the couple's son, who was born and raised in the shelter, is sent out in search of supplies, and is stunned to find the world is still turning - but not in the way his parents described it. Romantic comedy, starring Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek.

Cast & Crew

Adam Brendan Fraser
Calvin Christopher Walken
Helen Sissy Spacek
Eve Alicia Silverstone
Troy Dave Foley
Soda jerk Joey Slotnick
Dave Rex Linn
Miss Sweet Deborah Kellner
Director Hugh Wilson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment Film Dists LtdGuidance: Contains swearing.Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama