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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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A number of the film's story elements were taken from 1964's Fail Safe (1964). Similary, a number of story elements from Meteor (1979) were re-used for Armageddon (1998) and Deep Impact (1998). See more »


The splinter that hits New York City does not appear to be going very fast (no more than sixty miles an hour) when it hits; it glides lazily past the Statue of Liberty in one shot. An object traveling at that speed would do damage, but it wouldn't cause anywhere near the amount of devastation shown. See more »


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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Armageddon It!
21 March 2005 | by (Olympia, WA) – See all my reviews

As a person who loves disaster movies (in spite of it being a basically flawed genre), I could not hate this movie as much as most people seem to. It is a big budget disaster about a disaster and much about its construction is highly flawed, and yes the acting is mostly weak, and yes the effects are often obvious, and yes that was stock footage, but, BUT, this movie does deliver in one vital department: it blows sh*t up!

I'm sure by now most people are familiar with this as a folly for Sean Connery, and Henry Fonda, and the rest of the all star cast. It pretty much is, but that doesn't mean it isn't somewhat enjoyable. Some of the disaster and action sequences are quite good. And the special effects are really not so terrible for 1979 (not that special effects today are at all convincing by comparison). The score is really something hilarious to behold and the space photography is pretty overwrought (as if the movie were saying "holy crap, dude, look at this awesome spaceship!"). It is kind of neat to see Brian Kieth as a Russian. It's also a bit refreshing to see a movie pose a more plausible solution to meteors that landing a space shuttle full of oil drillers on one. It's also funny that a movie that precedes Reagan's Star Wars Project proposes a far better use for it. Another interesting prophetic note: the first thing destroyed in the USA in this film is the world trade center.

And if you still think this is the worst disaster movie ever, go and watch "Beyond The Posiedon Adventure" or "Raise The Titanic". Hell, even "Earthquake" was pretty damn bad in spite of it's "revolutionary" contribution to cinema. And besides, what other disaster movie has its heroes threatened by sewage? Now, I think that I could have made a better film out of this story, but that doesn't mean we can't watch this version and laugh. And besides, sh*t blows up!

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