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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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Robert Townsend

Writer:

Robert Townsend
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Townsend ... Jefferson Reed / Meteor Man
Marla Gibbs ... Maxine Reed, Jeff's Mother
Eddie Griffin ... Michael
Robert Guillaume ... Ted Reed, Jeff's Father
James Earl Jones ... Earnest Moses
Roy Fegan ... Simon, Golden Lord Chief
Cynthia Belgrave Cynthia Belgrave ... Mrs. Harris
Marilyn Coleman Marilyn Coleman ... Mrs. Walker, Reed's Landlady
Don Cheadle ... Goldilocks
Bobby McGee ... Uzi, Golden Lord Gunman
Bill Cosby ... Marvin
Big Daddy Kane ... Pirate
Frank Gorshin ... Byers the Mobster
Sinbad ... Malik, Stacy's Boyfriend
Nancy Wilson ... Mrs. Laws the Principal
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Storyline

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 30 seconds. 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Meteor Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,643,091, 8 August 1993

Gross USA:

$8,016,708

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,016,708
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The head of the Golden Lords and Mob Boss (The Angry Old White Guy Character) is played by Frank Gorshin, who played The Riddler in the 1960s Batman. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Byers the Mobster: What? WHAAAAAT?
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Alternate Versions

UK version was edited (14 sec.) to secure a 'PG' rating:
  • [74 mins] Remove backward kick to man's stomach (3.02 sec.)
  • [77 mins] Remove sight of man's arm being broken over bonnet of car (2.48 sec.)
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Soundtracks

AIN'T NOBODY BAD LIKE METEOR MAN
(Meteor Man Theme)
Written by Aisha Baker, Tommy Gun, Pete Scott and Al Richardson
Produced by Pete Scott and Al Richardson
Performed by Big Hat Ray Ray
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Before Black Panther hit the big screen
2 September 2018 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

Before Black Panther, Blade, and Spawn hit the big screen and before Steel, there was Meteor Man. It wasn't much of a movie but I appreciate the effort.

Townsend wanted to introduce the world to a black superhero and he did. Too bad the movie was wack. And I hate even saying that but it was. The special effects were weak, the story was eh, and the action was really bad.

At the beginning I thought MM was going for comedy and it would have been a lot better if it did but he attempted to make it serious all to often and that's where the movie ran into problems. As a legit superhero movie, even in 1993, this movie had no shot of being taken seriously so it's only option was as a spoof or comedy. Because The Meteor Man swung to the serious side it made the movie awkward.

I liked the idea of a black superhero--however improbable one could become a superhero by being hit by a meteor--the execution just wasn't there.


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