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Meteor (1979)

 -  Action | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  19 October 1979 (USA)
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After a collision with a comet, a nearly 8km wide piece of the asteroid "Orpheus" is heading toward Earth. If it hits, it will cause an incredible catastrophe which will probably extinguish... See full summary »

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Harry Sherwood
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Dr. Dubov
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General Adlon
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Sir Michael Hughes
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Secretary of Defense
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The President
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General Easton
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Rolf Manheim
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Bill Hunter
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Sam Mason
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After a collision with a comet, a nearly 8km wide piece of the asteroid "Orpheus" is heading toward Earth. If it hits, it will cause an incredible catastrophe which will probably extinguish mankind. To stop the meteor, NASA wants to use the illegal nuclear weapon satellite "Hercules," but soon discovers that it doesn't have enough firepower. Their only chance to save the world is to join forces with the USSR, which has also launched such an illegal satellite. But will both governments agree? Written by Anonymous

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There's No Place On Earth To Hide!


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Meteoro  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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SEK 1,035,592 (Sweden)
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The tidal wave sequence involved ten days of location filming in Hong Kong. For the scenes, eight thousand gallons of water were accidentally unleashed from two trip tanks at the same time (they were suppose to be consecutive releases) and eight people got swept away. No serious injuries resulted resulting in only minor cuts, bumps and bruises. See more »

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Due to loss of momentum, the Challenger II would not have been able to return to Mars after traveling past its orbit to explore/examine the asteroid belt. Mars is about 1.5 AU out, the asteroid belt begins about 2.3 AU out (1 AU = almost 93 million miles / 149.6 million km) See more »

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Dr. Paul Bradley: Why don't you stick a broom up my ass? I can sweep the carpet on the way out.
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The curse of 1979 strikes again.
13 March 2005 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

Was there something in the water in 1979? I was reading up recently about some of the films that major movie stars made in 1979 and it is remarkable how many actors were busy wasting their talents on duds in that year. Michael Caine in Beyond the Poseidon Adventure; Laurence Olivier in Dracula; Roger Moore in Escape to Athena; Jason Robards in Hurricane; Peter Cushing in A Touch of the Sun; Donald Sutherland in Bear Island; James Mason and Anthony Quinn in The Passage; Robert Shaw and Lee Marvin in Avalanche Express; and Richard Harris in A Game For Vultures. Even some directors seemed to be affected by the curse of 1979 - Steven Spielberg, for instance, made his only fully-fledged turkey in the shape of "1941". The '79 trend for big stars in bad films also extended to Sean Connery. Poor old Sean's 1979 film, Meteor, is a disaster movie of stupefying awfulness.

It is revealed that a huge meteor is on collision course with earth, so big that unless it is diverted or destroyed its impact could cause another Ice Age. The American president (Henry Fonda) instructs professor Dr. Paul Bradley (Sean Connery) to figure out how to blast the meteor to bits by using secret nuclear weapons positioned in orbit above the earth. However, Dr. Bradley soon calculates that the American weapons alone will not halt the meteor. The Russians are brought in and informed of the potential destruction of the world as we know it and, in a race against time, the Americans try to persuade them to admit that they too have space-based nuclear missiles which could be added to the strike.

The special effects are remarkably poor for a post Star Wars sci-fi film, but the film fails on many other levels too. None of the actors look enthusiastic about being here; Ronald Neame and Stanley Mann's script is full of idiotic dialogue and plot contrivances; excitement is persistently undermined by interminable talky scenes; and the characterisation is so ludicrous that it makes you want to grind your teeth with despair. Soon after this, disaster movies came to an end, not to be seen again until their special effects-enhanced re-emergence in the mid-1990s. When you see Meteor, you'll immediately understand why the genre self-destructed.


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