History Film / BlastFromThePast

2nd Dec '16 10:50:28 PM Xtifr
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Imagine spending all your life in a fallout shelter, completely devoid of contact with the outside world. Now imagine that, after many years, circumstances force you to say goodbye to your former home. No, this isn't [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} that one game]], but '''''Blast from the Past''''', a 1999 romantic comedy starring Creator/BrendanFraser as Adam, a man born in a fallout shelter, growing up in near total seclusion--immersed in a world stuck in 1962.

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Imagine spending all your life in a fallout shelter, completely devoid of contact with the outside world. Now imagine that, after many years, circumstances force you to say goodbye to your former home. No, this isn't [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} that one game]], but '''''Blast ''Blast from the Past''''', Past'', a 1999 romantic comedy starring Creator/BrendanFraser as Adam, a man born in a fallout shelter, growing up in near total seclusion--immersed in a world stuck in 1962.
9th Jun '16 2:27:11 PM Rakt
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** Adam's main contact in the surface world is a young lady named Eve Vrustikoff (Alicia Silverstone). The father asks whether her name is Russian, and he's relieved to hear that it's Ukrainian.[[note]]This is a bit odd since Ukraine was part of the USSR since the early 20's, but plausible since at the time there was little reason for a civilian to know the history and geography of the Soviet Union.[[/note]]

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** Adam's main contact in the surface world is a young lady named Eve Vrustikoff (Alicia Silverstone). The father asks whether her name is Russian, and he's relieved to hear that it's Ukrainian.[[note]]This is a bit odd since Ukraine was part of the USSR since the early 20's, but plausible since at the time there was little reason for a civilian to know the history and geography of the Soviet Union. What's more odd is that while her surname isn't actually existing one, it IS definitely Russian-like and sound nothing like a real Ukranian one.[[/note]]
19th Jul '15 8:30:52 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Dr Calvin Webber (Adam's father) likes to drink [[http://recipecurio.com/hot-dr-pepper/ hot Dr Pepper]].

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: AluminumChristmasTrees:
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Dr Calvin Webber (Adam's father) likes to drink [[http://recipecurio.com/hot-dr-pepper/ hot Dr Pepper]].
6th Mar '15 3:15:41 PM maxwellsilver
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* DeathGlare: Eve, at the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]] dancing scene.

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* DeathGlare: Eve, at the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments awesome]] dancing scene.



* TheNineties: As RogerEbert points out, this movie turns ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'' on its head, casting a decidedly unflattering light on modern life as seen from the perspective of a [[TheFifties traditional nuclear family]].
* OperationJealousy: Eve goes back to his ex-boyfriend because she's angry at Adam for hiding his backstory. Though Adam's quick skills chased him away.

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* TheNineties: As RogerEbert Creator/RogerEbert points out, this movie turns ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'' on its head, casting a decidedly unflattering light on modern life as seen from the perspective of a [[TheFifties traditional nuclear family]].
* OperationJealousy: Eve goes back to his her ex-boyfriend because she's angry at Adam for hiding his backstory. Though Adam's quick skills chased him away.



* SassyBlackWoman: The mail career Adam meets whom he calls a "negro".

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* SassyBlackWoman: The mail career carrier Adam meets whom he calls a "negro".
6th Feb '15 3:02:46 AM maxwellsilver
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* ProperlyParanoid: The Webbers were hosting a dinner party when news of the Cuban Missile Crisis breaks. Dr. Webber sends their friends home and goes into the fallout shelter with his pregnant wife. Shortly after this, a jet crashes into their house. Had he continued the party, everyone would have died in the crash. The only thing he didn't prepare was an alternate exit or a bypass in case the manual locks were damaged.

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* ProperlyParanoid: The At the start of the film, the Webbers were are hosting a dinner party when news of the Cuban Missile Crisis breaks. Dr. Webber sends their friends home and goes into the fallout shelter with his pregnant wife. Shortly after this, a jet crashes into their house. Had he continued the party, everyone would have died in the crash. The only thing he didn't prepare was an alternate exit or a bypass in case the manual locks were damaged.
6th Feb '15 1:16:24 AM maxwellsilver
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Like many Americans, Calvin and Helen Webber (ChristopherWalken and Creator/SissySpacek) were a little caught up in the tension of the Cold War. Calvin Webber, being a brilliant but off-kilter physicist, builds a bomb shelter under the yard and stocks it with [[CrazyPrepared 35 years of supplies]]. When the Cuban Missile Crisis presented America with a very real and immediate threat of nuclear war, the Webbers moved into the bomb shelter. As fate would have it, a plane crashed on their property while they were down there, destroying the house and leading the neighbors to presume the Webbers dead. Calvin, convinced that the explosion was the result of a nuclear missile, locks the vault door, sealing them inside for 35 years. Shortly after, Mrs. Webber gives birth to a son, Adam.

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Like many Americans, Calvin and Helen Webber (ChristopherWalken (Creator/ChristopherWalken and Creator/SissySpacek) were a little caught up in the tension of the Cold War. Calvin Webber, being a brilliant but off-kilter physicist, builds a bomb shelter under the yard and stocks it with [[CrazyPrepared 35 years of supplies]]. When the Cuban Missile Crisis presented America with a very real and immediate threat of nuclear war, the Webbers moved into the bomb shelter. As fate would have it, a plane crashed on their property while they were down there, destroying the house and leading the neighbors to presume the Webbers dead. Calvin, convinced that the explosion was the result of a nuclear missile, locks the vault door, sealing them inside for 35 years. Shortly after, Mrs. Webber gives birth to a son, Adam.



* TheFifties: The first scene, even though it takes place in 1962, as well as the Webbers' entire lifestyle... for ''three decades''. Not surprisingly, Adam emerges from the shelter acting like a character from LeaveItToBeaver.

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* EurekaMoment: An in-universe example, when Mr. Webber spends ''decades'' trying to explain baseball to his son, who ''utterly'' misses the point of it all, until he finally watches a game.
--> '''Adam''': Oh, I get it! Because he ''must''!
* TheFifties: The first scene, even though it takes place in 1962, as well as the Webbers' entire lifestyle... for ''three decades''. Not surprisingly, Adam emerges from the shelter acting like a character from LeaveItToBeaver.''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''.



* FridgeBrilliance: See below[[invoked]]
* FridgeLogic: An in-universe example, when Mr. Webber spends ''decades'' trying to explain baseball to his son, who ''utterly'' misses the point of it all, until he finally watches a game.
--> '''Adam''': Oh, I get it! Because he ''must''!


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* ProperlyParanoid: The Webbers were hosting a dinner party when news of the Cuban Missile Crisis breaks. Dr. Webber sends their friends home and goes into the fallout shelter with his pregnant wife. Shortly after this, a jet crashes into their house. Had he continued the party, everyone would have died in the crash. The only thing he didn't prepare was an alternate exit or a bypass in case the manual locks were damaged.
24th Nov '14 12:01:02 PM MrDeath
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* FridgeHorror: Mrs. Webber would find out there was no nuclear war one way or another. Likely from the internet.
23rd Nov '14 11:05:51 PM TitoMosquito
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* FridgeHorror: Mrs. Webber would find out there was no nuclear war one way or another. Likely from the internet.



* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: At the end, Adam tells his father about the Soviet Union's collapse, and how the Cold War ended without a single shot fired. [[spoiler:His father doesn't buy a word of it.]]
** Adam's main contact in the surface world is a young lady named Eve Vrustikoff (Alicia Silverstone). The father asks whether her name is Russian, and he's relieved to hear that it's Ukrainian.[[note]]This is a bit odd since Ukraine was part of the USSR since the early 20's, but plausible since at the time there was little reason for a civilian to know the history and geography of the Soviet Union.[[/note]].

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* * TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: At the end, Adam tells his father about the Soviet Union's collapse, and how the Cold War ended without a single shot fired. [[spoiler:His father doesn't buy a word of it.]]
** Adam's main contact in the surface world is a young lady named Eve Vrustikoff (Alicia Silverstone). The father asks whether her name is Russian, and he's relieved to hear that it's Ukrainian.[[note]]This is a bit odd since Ukraine was part of the USSR since the early 20's, but plausible since at the time there was little reason for a civilian to know the history and geography of the Soviet Union.[[/note]].[[/note]]



* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Troy. Dave Foley plays him slightly effeminate, but no more so than David Hyde Pierce played the heterosexual [[{{Frasier}} Niles Crane]]. The only real way we know he's gay is because someone says so:

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* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Troy. Dave Foley plays him slightly effeminate, but no more so than David Hyde Pierce played the heterosexual [[{{Frasier}} [[Series/{{Frasier}} Niles Crane]]. The only real way we know he's gay is because someone says so:
31st Oct '14 12:03:00 PM TitoMosquito
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* OperationJealousy: Eve goes back to his ex-boyfriend because she's angry at Adam for hiding his backstory. Though Adam's quick skills chased him away.


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* SassyBlackWoman: The mail career Adam meets whom he calls a "negro".
19th Oct '14 5:37:34 AM tropeminer
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-> "Leave my elevator alone."

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-> "Leave ''"Leave my elevator alone.""''
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