PG | | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
The U.S. must join forces with the U.S.S.R. in order to destroy a gigantic asteroid heading straight for Earth.
Several visual effects production teams were fired during the course of the lengthy production for failing to produce adequate effects on a very limited budget. The final company was forced to provide the effects seen in this movie for what money remained, seriously compromising the results.
Dr. Paul Bradley:
Would you really have gone across my bows?
Coast Guard Officer: Yes, sir!
Dr. Paul Bradley: Well then I would have rammed you.
Coast Guard Officer: All the way to the bottom, sir!
The Russian Transport that takes Dr. Dubov to America is an American Boeing 707 with a large red star on the nose and US Air Force style serial number on the tail. In that era a Soviet Air Force transport would have a star on the tail and number in the form CCCP-12345, or a civilian registered airliner would have the Soviet flag on the tail.
Info panel and Voice Over about a real defence project Icarus, similar to the one in the film.
In early television broadcasts, the "Fuck the Dodgers!" line was overdubbed by coughing or the entire toast was simply cut.
$2,250,000 21 October 1979