Meteor (1979)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatiana Donskaya
Harry Sherwood
Dr. Dubov
General Adlon
Sir Michael Hughes
Secretary of Defense
The President
Joseph Campanella ...
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)


SEK 1,035,592 (Sweden)

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Some of the background radio chatter in the Hercules control room is taken from recordings of Apollo missions. See more »


A small piece or rock or metal drifting through space is called a meteoroid. A meteoroid that enters Earth's atmosphere and burns up is called a meteor; the terms "meteor" and "shooting star" are one and the same. Most meteors are tiny, not much larger than a grain of sand. A meteor that does not burn up all the way and hits the Earth is called a meteorite. An object five miles wide would never be referred to as a "meteor", especially by astrophysicists. It would still be called an asteroid. See more »


[Dr. Dubov gives a toast he learned from a cab driver]
Dr. Dubov: Fuck the Dodgers!
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Ill-fated disaster film about a five mile long meteor heading straight for Earth. Sean Connery heads an all-star cast trying to prevent the meteor with "hidden" space weapons owned by the Americans and the Russians. Lots of Cold War drama here in the film's backdrop, and while I do confess this film isn't particularly good - it isn't nearly as bad as many would have you believe. In point of fact, I found it entertaining. Ronald Neame directs with rather pedestrian flair, but the film is what it aims to be. A big budget, star laden disaster film with moments of suspense and a decent story with little depth. Connery isn't great but many of the cast do able jobs. I really liked Karl Malden's performance and Brian Keith's as a Russian scientist no less. The acting keeps this one from plummeting too far down, and the scenes with destruction are well-shot. The scene of the twin towers being destroyed even made me wince. What is wrong with the movie? Where in the world did the filmmakers get that awful soundtrack every time the meteor was shown? How about those crazy letters used for the opening credits and every day that passed by until the meteor was to hit? Much of these things give this film a very cheesy quality, but the acting and solid if nothing else direction make this better than one might hope. Perhaps. I got involved, enjoyed some of the characters, and let logic ease into a soft slumber. This is an old-fashioned popcorn movie from a bygone era. It will have little meaning to anyone who didn't grow up in the Cold War era as that plays very heavily in the story line. Richard Dysart, Martin Landeau(incredibly overacting), Sybil Danning, Trevor Howard, Natalie Wood, and even a brief visit from Henry Fonda as the president help make this such entertainment.

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