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Meteor (1979)

The U.S. must join forces with the U.S.S.R. in order to destroy a gigantic asteroid heading straight for Earth.

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Stanley Mann (screenplay), Edmund H. North (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Katherine De Hetre ... Jan Watkins
James G. Richardson James G. Richardson ... Alan Marshall
Roger Robinson ... Bill Hunter
Michael Zaslow ... Sam Mason
John McKinney John McKinney ... Peter Watson
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Storyline

After a collision with a comet, a nearly five mile (eight kilometer) 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, N.A.S.A. 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 U.S.S.R., which has also launched such an illegal satellite. But will both governments agree?

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Taglines:

There's No Place On Earth To Hide!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

19 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meteoro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,250,000, 21 October 1979

Gross USA:

$8,400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,400,000
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4-Track Stereo | Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The avalanche background photography required ten days of location work in the Bavarian Alps in Switzerland. This sequence utilized ten thousand pounds of artificial snow for its studio shoot. Some of the avalanche footage, such as the skier in red, was taken from the movie Avalanche (1978). See more »

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Dr. Paul Bradley: Will you tell this asshole that Orpheus will not burn up, it is too damn big!
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Get a Piece of the Rock
27 March 2006 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Ill-fated disaster film about a five mile long meteor heading straight for Earth. Sean Connery heads an all-star cast trying to prevent the meteor with "hidden" space weapons owned by the Americans and the Russians. Lots of Cold War drama here in the film's backdrop, and while I do confess this film isn't particularly good - it isn't nearly as bad as many would have you believe. In point of fact, I found it entertaining. Ronald Neame directs with rather pedestrian flair, but the film is what it aims to be. A big budget, star laden disaster film with moments of suspense and a decent story with little depth. Connery isn't great but many of the cast do able jobs. I really liked Karl Malden's performance and Brian Keith's as a Russian scientist no less. The acting keeps this one from plummeting too far down, and the scenes with destruction are well-shot. The scene of the twin towers being destroyed even made me wince. What is wrong with the movie? Where in the world did the filmmakers get that awful soundtrack every time the meteor was shown? How about those crazy letters used for the opening credits and every day that passed by until the meteor was to hit? Much of these things give this film a very cheesy quality, but the acting and solid if nothing else direction make this better than one might hope. Perhaps. I got involved, enjoyed some of the characters, and let logic ease into a soft slumber. This is an old-fashioned popcorn movie from a bygone era. It will have little meaning to anyone who didn't grow up in the Cold War era as that plays very heavily in the story line. Richard Dysart, Martin Landeau(incredibly overacting), Sybil Danning, Trevor Howard, Natalie Wood, and even a brief visit from Henry Fonda as the president help make this such entertainment.


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