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
Roger Robinson ...
Bill Hunter
Michael Zaslow ...
Sam Mason
John McKinney ...
Peter Watson


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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Release Date:

19 October 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Meteoro  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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The missiles are traveling in far too close a formation to be effective. The first missile to detonate would destroy all the others nearby before they could deploy. Even if the timers inside the other missiles were perfectly synced, the slightest variation in the bomb materials would cause only the first device to explode properly (and be ineffective). In military terminology this is known as "fratricide". 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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