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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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Tatiana Donskaya
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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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Alan Marshall
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Bill Hunter
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Sam Mason
John McKinney ...
Peter Watson
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Meteoro  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 1,035,592 (Sweden)
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Principal photography was shut down for two days when lead actor Sean Connery contracted a respiratory condition during the filming of the mud sequence. The mud also knocked Connery off his feet, buried Karl Malden twice whilst Natalie Wood was almost sucked into one of the pumps. During the mud filming, the actors would stuff their ears with cotton-wool and had to have their eyes washed out at the completion of each take. See more »

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The Challenger II spacecraft (which is supposedly capable of traveling to Mars) is obviously a model of Skylab, a space station that could not leave Earth's orbit. See more »

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[Dr. Dubov gives a toast he learned from a cab driver]
Dr. Dubov: Fuck the Dodgers!
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S10 Review's Meteor (1979)
8 September 2007 | by (The Void) – See all my reviews

Meteor (1979) 2 of 5 Dir: Ronald Neame Stars: Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden

Connery built a armed orbiting platform to protect the earth from s celestial attack. But like the government always does they take over the project and trains the nuclear payload smack dab at the old red menace. Connery is once again called back to realign the project when it is determined that a huge meteor that deflected off a comet is making a b-line to Earth. Together with the Russians will we be able to stop it?

'Meteor' is a fun movie with an all-star cast but the special effects are for the most part just plain bad. Even compared to films of the day ('Star Wars' and 'Alien' to name a few) they just can't quite cut it. It was a favorite as a kid but it gets a bit of groan out of me now. I guess so much for nostalgia.


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