Eve of Destruction (film)

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This article is about the 1991 theatrical film. For the 2013 telefilm, see Eve of Destruction (miniseries).
Eve of Destruction
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Film poster
Directed by Duncan Gibbins
Produced by David Madden
Written by Duncan Gibbins
Yale Udoff
Music by Philippe Sarde
Cinematography Alan Hume
Edited by Caroline Biggerstaff
Distributed by Orion Pictures (film)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (DVD)
Release date
  • January 18, 1991 (1991-01-18) (United States)
  • August 7, 1991 (1991-08-07) (France)
  • December 6, 1991 (1991-12-06) (Netherlands)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million
Box office $5,451,119

Eve of Destruction is a 1991 American science fiction action drama film. The film is about a gynoid named EVE VIII, designed in secret by the United States military for undercover operations. The film stars Gregory Hines as Col. Jim McQuade and Dutch actress Renée Soutendijk (in her first U.S. film) with the dual roles as the robot's creator Dr. Eve Simmons, and the robot Eve herself.


EVE VIII is a military gynoid created to look and sound exactly like her creator, Dr. Eve Simmons. When the robot is damaged during a bank robbery, it accesses memories it was programmed with by her creator. The memories used though are dark and tragic ones.

The robot is also programmed as a killing machine if anyone tries to stop her mission. Colonel Jim McQuade is tasked with eliminating the unstoppable machine. With the help of Dr. Simmons, he tries to outthink the intelligent and emotional robotic doppelgänger.



Vincent Canby gave a negative review in The New York Times, calling the film "an undistinguished, barely functional action-melodrama."[1] As of March 2014, the film has a 10% "rotten" score on RottenTomatoes.com.[2]

Box Office[edit]

The movie opened with $2.5 million.[3]


  1. ^ "Review/Film; Secret Robot Runs Amok In a Miniskirt," Vincent Canby, The New York Times, January 19, 1991
  2. ^ Rotten Tomatoes.com web page for Eve of Destruction
  3. ^ "'Home Alone' Fends Off Yet Another 'Intruder' : Box Office: Vietnam War film opens to mediocre business as comedy remains on top for 10th week. After four weeks of release, 'Godfather Part III' drops to 12th.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 

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