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.


Robert Townsend


Robert Townsend
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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


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

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Acting debut of Nancy Wilson. See more »


After Jeff is Shot by the golden lords you can see a crew member outside the golden lords car as the laugh about shooting Jeff. See more »


[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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It's for You
Written by Shanice Wilson, Eric Kirkland and Michael Angelo Saulsberry
Produced and Arranged by Erik Kirkland and Michael Angelo Saulsberry for Portrait Productions
Courtesy of Quest Records
Performed by Shanice
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
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I wrote this story plot as a child in 1990 1991
11 January 2013 | by rubensito555See all my reviews

When I was in the 2nd grade, we had to write a story. So I wrote a story about a guy that got hit by a meteor. The story was called Meteor man. What is soo funny is that I not just the guy became a super hero, but the dig had became a affected by the meteor, and his name became meteor dog. When I turned in my paper my teacher had said it was actually a good story. When it came time for the teacher to return our papers she gave everyone there paper but not mine. I had asked her what happened to my paper and she had said she lost it. What a coincidence that the thus story plot was written, come on, I feel like my story was taken, in my story I had said the guy got hit by a meteor. Sad that I have no proof, but it is OK.

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Release Date:

6 August 1993 (USA) See more »

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The Meteor Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,643,091, 8 August 1993

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