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The Meteor Man (1993)

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A high school teacher from a troubled inner city Washington D.C. neighborhood becomes a super-powered hero and takes on the gang that has been terrorizing his streets.

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One night Jefferson Reed gets hit in the chest by a souped-up chunk of meteor. So he can fly, but he's scared of heights. He can master the information in any book ... for about fifteen minutes. Now his friends and family want him to protect their community from the dreaded Golden Lords. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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He's coming to save the world, one neighborhood at a time. See more »


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Rated PG on appeal for children caught up in perils of an urban environment | See all certifications »

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6 August 1993 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,023,147 (USA)
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This is not the only time Robert Townsend has played a superhero he also played one in the Disney Channel Original Movie Up, Up and Away See more »

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While Jeff is fighting Simon, the character Goldilocks (Don Cheadle) can be seen goofing around, as if he's coming out of his character. See more »

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Byers the Mobster: What? WHAAAAAT?
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Spoofs Superman II (1980) See more »

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GOTTA KNOW (YOUR NAME)
Written by Steve 'Silk' Hurley (as Steve Hurley), Chantay Savage, Tommye Miller and Jamie Principle
Performed by Malaika
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Ambitious and refreshing
20 December 2000 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Following an encounter with a mysterious meteorite, a Washington D.C. school teacher (Robert Townsend) discovers that he has developed super powers and subsequently uses them to become a caped crusader against the forces of evil in his own inner-city community. Although the ambitious, imaginative script is loaded with misfired comedic gags, it does produce several genuinely amusing sequences--in particular, the climactic showdown between Meteor Man and his golden-haired drug lord nemesis. Biggest plus: the extremely talented (but frustratingly underused) supporting cast that reads like a Who's Who list of black television and movie greats. It includes: Bill Cosby ("The Cosby Show" and "Ghost Dad"), James Earl Jones ("The Great White Hope" and "Roots: The Next Generation"), Marla Gibbs ("The Jeffersons" and "227"), and Robert Guillaume ("Benson" and "Lean On Me").

Also, it's just plain refreshing to see a 1990's larger-than-life black superhero/role model in a family-oriented film.


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