The USA must join forces with the USSR in order to destroy a gigantic asteroid heading straight for Earth.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatiana Donskaya
Harry Sherwood
Dr. Dubov
General Adlon
Sir Michael Hughes
Secretary of Defense
The President
General Easton
Rolf Manheim
Katherine De Hetre ...
Jan Watkins
James G. Richardson ...
Alan Marshall
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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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19 October 1979 (USA)  »

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Meteoro  »

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Natalie Wood (Tatiana Donskaya) could speak fluent Russian in real life. Wood's parents were Russian immigrants and her real name was Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Brian Keith was an American, as were both his parents. None of his family on either side knew Russian, or had any connection to Russia or Russians, so it is safe to presume that he could not have been a fluent Russian speaker.

Even though Brian Keith really didn't speak Russian, you'd never guess it when you hear him rattling away in "Meteor".

"Unless you're Russian," Natalie Wood pointed out.

Keith's role in the big AIP movie about impending collision between a five-mile-wide meteor and Earth was that of a Russian scientist who spoke only Russian throughout the film, and, considering the circumstances, he did it admirably.

But Natalie, who was of Russian extraction and learned Russian when she was learning English, did it better, and, from her expertise, noted flaws in Keith's pronunciation.

"He was wonderful," said Natalie, one of Keith's co-stars in the picture, "but he spoke with an American accent. However, only a Russian would notice that."

That Keith could deliver his lines in any kind of Russian, American-accented or otherwise, was amazing, because he didn't know the language and had to learn his role phonetically.

Nevertheless, he not only managed to say what had to be said, but did it with appealing warmth and humor.

His performance is particularly remarkable since he was a latecomer to the cast, called in when Donald Pleasance, who'd been set, was trapped in another production which ran longer than scheduled.

"We got lucky with Brian," says satisfied Samuel Arkoff, AIP president. ""His innuendos were wonderful." See more »


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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Serious Hair Malfunction and Marital Aids in Space
3 September 2007 | by (woking) – See all my reviews

This is cheesier than a cheese-o-phile's toenails, and if it wasn't so darned boring in most scenes, would actually be almost entertaining. Unfortunately, ten minute plus scenes of overpaid actors watching 70s style monitors in silence does not make for riveting drama. And the uh 'special' effects? These resemble nothing more than a cohort of marital aids taped together and heading woozily space-ward. They uh, don't look very real - as the 'artist' hadn't twigged the concept of 'weathering' at that stage - making models look realistically aged and grimy. Still we do have the spectacle of Karl Malden having a severe hair malfunction during the 'money' shot when the Hudson river, or what looks like either (a) chocolate soup, or (b) sewage, engulfs the assembled anti-Meteorites. Helpfully, Sean Connery is on hand to help Karl sweep back that 'repartino' and dignity is restored. Great for those of us older folk who have trouble sleeping, I struggled to stay awake to watch this over the course of three evenings and felt greatly refreshed for weeks afterwards. Q - another hair featurette - isn't Martin Landau's hair a wee bit on the uh, longish side for a serving U.S. officer??

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