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BLAST FROM THE PAST

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In the midst of Cold War hysteria, suburban Americans everywhere went bomb shelter crazy. By 1962, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, major American cities were receiving hundreds of applications for permits to build shelters per week. The reasons were obvious: fear of possible Soviet attack was running rampant, atomic instability seemed imminent and families were eager to survive at any cost. While kids at school were taught to "duck and cover" under their desks, at home some parents were taking more serious precautions, stocking enough supplies to live on for years.

Most of these residential shelters were simple concrete bunkers, unlikely to house even the most eccentric family for more than a few weeks. But some were far more elaborate, with dining halls, swimming pools and au courant furnishings. Perhaps the most elaborate shelter was built under a Virginia resort and intended to house all of Congress in luxury style - constructed by secret contractors in the dead of night.

Luckily, none of these shelters were ever called into use. That is, all but one. For the Webber family of California, the Cold War seemed to turn suddenly hot one night in 1962 when a blast went off outside their shelter. Ever vigilant and verging on paranoid, Calvin Webber figured it was the A-bomb. After all, he'd always known it was going to be dropped, and he was prepared in every possible way -with a shelter featuring a hydroponic garden, personal fish farm, contained air system and elaborate flood drain. How could he have guessed the flash was only a plane crashing into the backyard?

For 35 years, the Webbers hunkered in their bunker, raising their son Adam on early '60s kitsch and Ozzie-and-Harriet values. Now the doors have unlocked and Adam is ready to emerge. Everything is new to him -cars, credit cards, personal computers, nightclubs, shopping malls and most of all the mysteries of women. A total innocent in the world of love - operating entirely from his heart and without any guile - Adam is the perfect foil for a modern romantic comedy. The less he knows about cynical, contemporary dating games, the more irresistible he seems to become. And the more he learns, the more confused he gets.

Directed by Hugh Wilson (The First Wives Club), Blast From The Past is the funny and romantic story of a modern-day Adam and Eve. Like the original Adam, this one is a strangely innocent grown man just entering the world who is tempted by a savvy, sexy woman towards a knowledge of love that is as exciting as it is comically dangerous.

Blast From the Past stars Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, Sissy Spacek, and Dave Foley. Directed by Hugh Wilson, the film is produced by Wilson and Renny Harlin under his Midnight Sun Pictures banner, and executive produced by Amanda Stern, Sunil Perkash, and Claire Rudnick Polstein. Mary Kane serves as co-producer. The film is written by Bill Kelly and Hugh Wilson.

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