Solar Crisis (film)

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Solar Crisis
Solar Crisis FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Richard C. Sarafian
Produced by Richard Edlund
James Nelson
Screenplay by Joe Gannon
Crispan Bolt
Based on The novel 
by Takeshi Kawata
Starring Tim Matheson
Charlton Heston
Peter Boyle
Annabel Schofield
Corin Nemec
Jack Palance
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Russell Carpenter
Edited by Richard Trevor
Gakken Co. Ltd.
Japan America Picture Company
Distributed by Bridge Entertainment Group
Trimark Pictures
Vidmark Entertainment
Lions Gate Entertainment (current)
Release dates
Running time
111 min
Japan:118 min (director's cut)
Country Japan/USA
Language English
Budget $55,000,000 (estimated)

Solar Crisis is a 1990 science fiction film from Japan America Picture Company. The screenplay was written by Joe Gannon and Tedi Sarafian (credited as Crispan Bolt, Tedi is the director's son), based on the novel Kuraishisu niju-goju nen by Takeshi Kawata, and directed by Richard C. Sarafian credited as Alan Smithee. The cast featured Tim Matheson as Steve Kelso, Charlton Heston as Adm. "Skeet" Kelso, Peter Boyle as Arnold Teague, Annabel Schofield as Alex Noffe, Corin Nemec as Mike Kelso and Jack Palance as Travis. The executive producers were Takeshi Kawata and Takehito Sadamura, with Richard Edlund and veteran sound editor James Nelson as its producers.

This film received a MPAA rating of PG-13, and was filmed in color with Dolby SR stereo sound. The budget is estimated to have been about $55,000,000. It had a very limited theatrical release.

Plot summary[edit]

A huge solar flare is predicted to irradiate the Earth. Astronauts aboard the spaceship Helios must go to the Sun to drop a bomb equipped with an Artificial Intelligence (Freddy) and a Japanese pilot (as a backup if the Artificial Intelligence fails) at the right time so the flare will point somewhere else. Giant IXL Corp CEO Teague thinks the flare will not happen and wants the mission to fail so he can buy the planet cheaply while the scare lasts. Employee Haas prepares a surprise for the astronauts. While Steve Kelso commands the space ship where temperature rises, Steve's father Admiral 'Skeet' Kelso is searching the desert for Steve's son Mike who has gone AWOL to say goodbye to his dad but who inadvertently crossed the path of the guys from IXL after meeting desert-dweller Travis.

The novel Starfire by Paul Preuss, about a near-future spacecraft making a close encounter with the sun, appears to have a connection with this movie.[citation needed]


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