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Meteor (1979)

The USA must join forces with the USSR in order to destroy a gigantic asteroid heading straight for Earth.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Bradley
... Tatiana Donskaya
... Harry Sherwood
... Dr. Dubov
... General Adlon
... Sir Michael Hughes
... Secretary of Defense
... The President
... General Easton
... Rolf Manheim
Katherine De Hetre ... Jan Watkins
James G. Richardson ... Alan Marshall
... Bill Hunter
... Sam Mason
John McKinney ... 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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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,250,000, 19 October 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,400,000, 31 December 1979
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The American Hercules missiles have Black & White Roll Pattern paint scheme. This was first used on German rockets in WWII, that team of scientists mostly ended up in USA and that paint scheme was on many 'German Team' designed US Rockets. It was used to detect roll and other movements by rockets in flight. There would be No Need for it on Space Launched Missiles. 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. Dubov gives a toast he learned from a cab driver]
Dr. Dubov: Fuck the Dodgers!
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Crazy Credits

Info panel and Voice Over about a real defence project Icarus, similar to the one in the film. See more »

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Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »

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S10 Review's Meteor (1979)
8 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Meteor (1979) 2 of 5 Dir: Ronald Neame Stars: Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden

Connery built a armed orbiting platform to protect the earth from s celestial attack. But like the government always does they take over the project and trains the nuclear payload smack dab at the old red menace. Connery is once again called back to realign the project when it is determined that a huge meteor that deflected off a comet is making a b-line to Earth. Together with the Russians will we be able to stop it?

'Meteor' is a fun movie with an all-star cast but the special effects are for the most part just plain bad. Even compared to films of the day ('Star Wars' and 'Alien' to name a few) they just can't quite cut it. It was a favorite as a kid but it gets a bit of groan out of me now. I guess so much for nostalgia.


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