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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.

Director:

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 - 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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Trivia

Though he has no screen time, Chris Tucker is the voice of the MC in the mall when Michael (Eddie Griffin) pretends to be Meteor Man. 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

[Jefferson Reed a.k.a. The Meteor Man walks into the community center where most of the residents are having a meeting. They have decided to vote as whether or not he should leave the neighborhood after failing to protect them from the neighborhood gang, The Golden Lords, earlier that day]
Jefferson Reed: You don't have to vote. I'll leave. I'm sorry about what happened to the neighborhood tonight, but I feel even sorrier watching what's going on in this room. How can we stop the crime and the gangs if we act ...
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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

Spoofs Superman II (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

U Turn Me On
Written by Roy Pennon, Suamana Brown and Stephanie Riley
Produced by Roy Pennon
Performed by Hi-Five
Courtesy of Jive Records
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A greatly under rated comedy
10 October 2002 | by vampiresanSee all my reviews

Like so many underated films, I stumbled across this one on television and was most surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The concept of a black superhero is obviously intriguing but what made this one stand out for me was it's strong heart of community justice and pride.

Unlike so many SuperHero films, the theme here was for the community to stop relying on someone else to solve their problems and to stop turning a blind (and scared) eye to the violence and crime that surrounded them until it knocked on their own door.

What was also so refreshing was that the film managed to convey this is a light comedy format, which was never preachy, over the top or too slap stick. Honours to the writer/director for such restraint not only in the telling of the drama but also in the refinement of the comedy which resisted over wrought juvenile comedy tactics like fart and sex jokes (a true breath of fresh air considering the bogmire of "naughty" comedy we have had to wade through this season.)

The only critiscism is that the final confrontation is a little too overplayed, but the final few scenes help to let the audience overlook this with a realistic and enjoyable ending.

Special mention for James Earl Jones in his rather off beat role as a "young" rap dude, which he plays with true humour and as the film progresses, beautiful pathos.

This film is worth seeing. For social commentary or just for a laugh - it delivers.


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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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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