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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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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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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)  »

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Meteoro  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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SEK 1,035,592 (Sweden)
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The shots containing the buildings collapsing in the New York destruction scene were take from footage of the demolition of the Pruitt-Igoe apartments in St. Louis Missouri. These buildings were desingned by Minoru Yamasaki the same designer as the World Trade Center which also got destroyed in the movie. See more »

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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 »

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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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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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