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


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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meteor Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,023,147
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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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Connections

References Soul Train (1971) See more »

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I SAY A PRAYER
Written and Produced by Pete Scott and Al Richardson
Performed by Howard Hewett
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Not a bad film, but I think I know what's wrong.
20 April 2003 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

There's no plot.

There's a fine story about a man gaining superpowers to clean up the neighborhood, but his adventures seem rather random. His adversaries also seem to lack a larger plan. The combination of the two makes for a fairly decent film that lacks a couple of key elements to make it an increbidly good film.

The comedy is good, as is the overall story. The acting is also top notch, as the characters portrayed are fun and enjoyable (I'm at a real loss to understand why other reviewers panned the acting ... possibly because they don't understand what it is they didn't like about the movie). But again the characters seem to lack a plan for their actions.

The gags in the film are exceptional, as is the case with the supermajority of Townsend's material. However a dash more comedy could've served this film as the jokes are more sporatic than constant. Not a whole lot more but a few more comic bits and comical characters could've really helped the film, because, like I said, the film bounces between a light hearted adventured and comedy. And I think this too probably confounded the people who didn't like the film.

The one thing I liked a great deal was seeing a lot of familiar actors one normally doesn't see. Read that as "black actors." Regrettably it takes a man like Townsend to bring a black cast to life. And I suppose on one plane that is as it should be; for who better to bring to life a tale of a Black/African-American/person-of-color superhero than a Black/African-American/person-of-color writer-director-actor?

An enjoyable film that strives for an A, but just misses its mark. It's definately worth seeing, and is very enjoyable, but if you come away somewhat empty understand that it's essentially a one man show where the writing is concerned.

A note to Townsend; make a sequel. This film deserves one, but bring in other writers to help you out with the script. A few more gags/jokes, and more plot, and you have yourself one fine film.


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