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

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General Adlon
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Sir Michael Hughes
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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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$16,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

A million pounds of Bentonite imitation mud were used to film the New York City subway disaster on Stage 30 of the MGM Studio. The stage housed a tank and high-speed drainage system, which was used for many of the old Esther Williams MGM musicals that featured swimming pools. The New York City subway system was constructed inside the empty swimming pool. The sequence took 8-14 days to shoot, runs less than four minutes on screen, and cost around 1.5 million dollars to shoot. See more »

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The earlier an asteroid's path is changed, the less force that is needed to change its orbit. It is simply absurd that they wouldn't have launched as soon as possible. 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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More enjoyable than "Armageddon"
16 April 2006 | by (St. Augustine, USA) – See all my reviews

Really, there was nothing wrong with this film other then some basic scientific flaws, such as the over crowded asteroid belt and the appallingly bad Russian spoken by Wood and Keith. (My Ukrainain wife burst out laughing at their lines when we watched the DVD.) It is very interesting to me that the film was made prior to 1981 and the discovery of the Chixilub meteor crater in the Gulf of Mexico. This was the dinosaur killer that hit 65 million years ago. The science was right on about another Ice Age as well, even before the 1982 studies that predicted "nuclear winter" and were cited as the reason for the great die off in the late Cretaceous period. But the feel of the film as well as the acting and the believability was far better then "Armageddon", 20 years later. If "Meteor" had been blessed with the advanced special effects of the late 1990s, it would have been truly spectacular. Now a few problems: Those missiles were supposed to carry 100 megaton warheads. The largest nuclear weapon ever set off was 50 megatons and that was the size of a Greyhound bus. Also, the missiles had a distinct plastic model look right down to the seam where it looked as if the two halves had been glued together. Still, this should not detract form a very good action film as well as a warning as this really could happen and did at least 65 million years ago.


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