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Director:
Writers:
Stanley Mann (screenplay) and
Edmund H. North (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
19 October 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
There's No Place On Earth To Hide!
Plot:
After a collision with a comet, a nearly 8km wide piece of the asteroid "Orpheus" is heading toward Earth... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
(14 articles)
Hong Kong Movie Mogul Run Run Shaw Dead at 107
 (From Moviefone. 7 January 2014, 7:45 AM, PST)

Rest in Peace: Run Run Shaw
 (From Dread Central. 6 January 2014, 8:02 PM, PST)

Legendary Hong Kong Movie Producer Run Run Shaw Dies At Age 107
 (From WeAreMovieGeeks.com. 6 January 2014, 7:53 PM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... Paul Bradley

Natalie Wood ... Tatiana Donskaya

Karl Malden ... Harry Sherwood

Brian Keith ... Dr. Dubov

Martin Landau ... General Adlon

Trevor Howard ... Sir Michael Hughes

Richard Dysart ... Secretary of Defense

Henry Fonda ... The President
Joseph Campanella ... General Easton

Bo Brundin ... Rolf Manheim
Katherine De Hetre ... Jan Watkins
James G. Richardson ... Alan Marshall
Roger Robinson ... Bill Hunter
Michael Zaslow ... Sam Mason
John McKinney ... Peter Watson
John Findlater ... Astronaut Tom Easton
Paul Tulley ... Astronaut Bill Frager
Allen Williams ... Astronaut Michael McKendrick

Bibi Besch ... Helen Bradley
Gregory Gaye ... Russian Premier (as Gregory Gay)

Clyde Kusatsu ... Yamashiro

Burke Byrnes ... Coast Guard Officer
Joseph G. Medalis ... Bartender (as Joe Medalis)
Charles Bartlett ... Guard
Raymond O'Keefe ... Guard
Henry Olek ... Army Translator
Peter Bourne ... U.N. President
Stanley Mann ... Canadian Representative

Ronald Neame ... British Representative
Philip Sterling ... Russian Representative
Arthur Adams ... Ghana Representative
Fred Carney ... United States Representative

Sybil Danning ... Girl Skier
Meschino Paterlini ... Boy Skier
Johnny Yune ... Siberian Man (as Jon Yune)
Eileen Saki ... Siberian Woman
Christine Anne Baur ... Communications Center Technician (as Chris Baur)
Paul Camen ... Communications Center Technician
Dorothy Catching ... Communications Center Technician
Bill Couch ... Communications Center Technician
William Darr ... Communications Center Technician
Joan Foley ... Communications Center Technician
Paul L. Ehrmann ... Communications Center Technician (as Paul Laurence)

John Moio ... Communications Center Technician (as Johnny Moio)
Read Morgan ... Communications Center Technician

Conrad E. Palmisano ... Communications Center Technician (as Conrad Palmisano)
Tony Rocco ... Communications Center Technician

Jesse Wayne ... Communications Center Technician
Carole Hemingway ... Sherwood's Secretary
Clete Roberts ... Network Newscaster
Stu Nahan ... Football Announcer
Osman Ragheb ... Swiss TV Newscaster
Yung Henry Yu ... Chinese Fisherman (as Yu Wing)
Tsui Ling Yu ... Chinese Fisherman's Wife (as Yau Tsui Ling)
Ricker Slaven ... Canteen Worker (as Rick Slaven)
James Bacon ... News Reporter
Yani Begakis ... News Reporter
Selma Archerd ... Woman in Subway
Domingo Ambriz ... Boy with Radio
Peter Donat ... Opening Sequence Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simon Cadell ... BBC News Reporter (uncredited)
Frank Cotolo ... Bus Man (uncredited)
George Golden ... U.N. Meeting Attendee (uncredited)
Wei Tu Lin ... Escaping Tenant (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... U.N. Meeting Attendee (uncredited)

John Spencer ... Control Center Worker (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... U.N. Meeting Attendee (uncredited)

Directed by
Ronald Neame 
 
Writing credits
Stanley Mann (screenplay) and
Edmund H. North (screenplay)

Edmund H. North (story)

Produced by
Sandy Howard .... executive producer
Gabriel Katzka .... executive producer
Arnold H. Orgolini .... producer (as Arnold Orgolini)
Theodore R. Parvin .... producer (as Theodore Parvin)
Run Run Shaw .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Lohmann (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carl Kress 
 
Production Design by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
 
Art Direction by
David A. Constable 
 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Krieger 
 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Sugar Blymyer .... hair stylist
Edwin Butterworth .... makeup artist (as Ed Butterworth)
Lynn Del Kail .... hair stylist
Hallie Smith-Simmons .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Frank Baur .... production supervisor
Salvatore Billitteri .... post-production executive
Lam Chua .... production manager/Hong Kong (as Chua Lam)
Jere Henshaw .... executive in charge of production
Chris Holenia .... production manager/Europe
Ephraim 'Red' Schaffer .... production manager: second unit (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D. Scott Easton .... second assistant director (as Scott Easton)
Daniel McCauley .... first assistant director (as Daniel J. McCauley)
Albert M. Shapiro .... second assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)
Ephraim 'Red' Schaffer .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
David Evans .... assistant property master
Jack M. Marino .... property master (as Jack Marino)
Gary Martin .... construction coordinator
Tom Southwell .... assistant property master
Kevin Shanks .... drapery man/floor covering (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Craig Huxley .... electronic effects (as Craig Hundley)
Joe Kenworthy .... sound boom operator
Michael J. Kohut .... re-recording mixer
Tom McCarthy Jr. .... sound editor
William L. McCaughey .... re-recording mixer (as William McCaughey)
Charles E. Moran .... sound editor (as Charles Moran)
Aaron Rochin .... re-recording mixer
Jack Solomon .... sound mixer
Mark Winitsky .... sound editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Glen Robinson .... special effects supervisor
Robert Staples .... special effects supervisor
Allen Hurd .... special effects (uncredited)
Wayne Rose .... special effects crew (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Margo Anderson .... visual effects supervisor
Byron Bauer .... visual effects unit
Allen Blaisdell .... visual unit camera operator
Dave Cornell .... visual effects unit
William Cruse .... visual effects
Alessandra De Clario .... visual effects unit
Sam DiMaggio .... visual unit camera operator (as Sam Di Maggio)
Jim Doyle .... visual effects unit
Marcia Dripchak .... visual effects unit
Mimi Gramatky .... visual effects unit
John Greenleigh .... visual effects unit
Ron Kolman .... visual effects unit
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects unit
Charles Naddour .... visual effects unit
Martin Jay Sadoff .... visual effects editor
Catherine Schlesinger .... visual effects unit
Clyde Tichenor .... visual unit physicist
Max W. Anderson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Robert Blalack .... visual effects (uncredited)
Paul Kassler .... model maker (uncredited)
Paul Kassler .... sculptor (uncredited)
Pete Kleinow .... visual effects (uncredited)
Michael Minor .... visual effects (uncredited)
Gene Warren .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Robbie Banks .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt person (as Bruce Barbour)
Leah Creed .... stunts
Roger Creed .... stunt coordinator
Ted Duncan .... stunts
Larry Duran .... stunts
Barbara Eaton .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Martha Garza .... stunts
Len Glascow .... stunts
Marilyn Jones .... stunts
Valerie Kelly .... stunts
Jack Lilley .... stunts
Nick Palmisano .... stunts
George Robotham .... stunts
Sonny Shields .... stunts
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunt person (as Al Wyatt)
Leslie Hoffman .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Ferra .... assistant cameraman
Ron Frantzvog .... assistant cameraman
James Globus .... still photographer
Gerald A. King .... key grip (as Gerald King)
Edmond L. Koons .... camera operator (as Edmond Koons)
J. Michael Marlett .... gaffer (as Mike Marlett)
Guy Polzel .... key grip
Thomas Thatcher .... best boy
Doug Byers .... electrician (uncredited)
Bruce Chimerofsky .... rigging grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... costumer
Barry Kellogg .... costumer
Bucky Rous .... costumer
Peggy Thorin .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Dee D'Orazio .... additional film editor (as Etter Vincent D'Orazio)
Dody Dorn .... assistant film editor
Carrie Ellison .... assistant film editor
Janice Hampton .... associate film editor
Marsha Hoke .... assistant film editor
Jibralta Merrill .... assistant film editor
Dale Mishkin .... assistant film editor
Toni Morgan .... assistant film editor
Maureen O'Connell .... assistant film editor
Bruce Pearson .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Derek Brechin .... music editor
Allison Caine .... vocal effects advisor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
William Saracino .... music editor
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator
Laurence Rosenthal .... conductor (uncredited)
Laurence Rosenthal .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael McDuffee .... transportation coordinator (as Mike McDuffee)
Tim Roslan .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Frank Bonner .... cast coordinator
Renee F. Brown .... production accountant (as Renée F. Brown)
Carolyn Effler .... research assistant
Bill Ewing .... cast coordinator
Dona Friedberg .... production liason
Stephanie Garman .... assistant to the producers
Penny Gillman .... assistant to accountant
Connie Greenwood .... post-production accountant
Ken Hardie .... craft service
John James .... location manager
Ginger Mason .... director's assistant
Melinda McRae .... assistant to accountant (as Melinda Clark-Bell)
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor
George Rubinstein .... advisor: Russian language
John Small .... technical advisor (as John Small {JPL})
Doug Ward .... technical advisor (as Doug Ward {NASA})
Robert Werden .... unit publicist (as Bob Werden)
Anna Zappia .... production coordinator
David Hakim .... publicity writer (uncredited)
 
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108 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: [Stanley Mann]The film's screenwriter as a diplomat.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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 »
Quotes:
Dr. Paul Bradley:Why don't you stick a broom up my ass? I can sweep the carpet on the way out.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in House of Games (1987)See more »

FAQ

Did Natalie Wood really speak Russian?
Where did the meteor come from?
What is 'Meteor' about?
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26 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Cold War-era superpowers join forces to blow stuff up!, 8 March 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

When NASA realizes that a 5-mile wide chunk of asteroid loosed by a passing comet is on a collision course with the Earth, they send for a retired specialist to help them develop a strategy to avoid disaster. Unfortunately, it's the Cold War-era, and success will depend on cooperation with the Russians.

Meteor arrived at the tail end of the disaster film craze of the 1970s. It's certainly not as slick as some, and in historical perspective, the production values and atmosphere are no match for Star Wars (1977) or Alien (1979), despite both of those films having smaller budgets, but it is a competent sci-fi "thriller" that tends to surmount its limitations, at least if you stick it out past the slightly clunky beginning.

At first, it seems like the film might turn out to be a derivative cheese-fest. It has a documentary-styled opening with the tone of a 1960s science educational film. It has Star Wars-styled receding titles. It has text announcing settings in an overdone font like the poster art of the film. Some of the early spaceship shots are lit so that it's clear they were small models filmed in a studio. And a somewhat awkward expository flashback device is used.

But director Ronald Neame also shows signs of transcending his missteps early on. It surely helps that Sean Connery has the starring role, with Karl Malden in a prominent supporting role at the beginning of the film. The script is more humorous than we might expect, although the humor isn't unusual when delivered from Connery. "Why don't you stick a broom up my ass; I could sweep the carpet on my way out", is an early standout line, said by Connery when he's feeling pressure due to what's being asked of him.

The further we go into the film, the more suspenseful it becomes. The drama between NASA, the president and the Russians is beautifully written. The mini-disasters before the threatened big one are exciting and tragic. And the climax is simply fantastic--Neame builds an incredible amount of suspense with a simple countdown, then he follows it up with an equally intense scenario. All of this more gripping material is well acted and well directed, with a more epic scope than we might expect and relatively admirable special effects for the era.

Most interesting, watching Meteor at this point in time, are the countless cultural oddities we get from context. Like many films of the era, Cold War politics looms large. The hinge of the plot is reminiscent of Reagan's "Star Wars" program (maybe he got the idea from the film?--a frightening thought). There are a great many jokes about Russians--at one point, Russian higher-ups fret over whether the national budget can cover a long-distance telephone call. At another point, an American character ironically remarks, "Good news, the Russians are coming".

Even funnier are two oddities very relevant to our present culture. When news of the rogue asteroid is first announced on television, it's a brief update, then they're quickly back to a football game. There's no 24-hour coverage with trumped-up, dramatic graphics and music. And this is a scenario that actually warrants that treatment. The other instance is when American officials are excessively worried that revealing a particular bit of news might result in them being called "liars" and "warmongers". There was no G.W. Bush in the White House in this film.

But as fun as those cultural differences are to note, Meteor is primarily worth watching because of the performances and the fine way in which tension is built throughout its length. It is effective enough to have been influential. Most notably it has strong similarities to Armageddon (1999), which was obviously inspired by this film.

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