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Meteor (1979)

The USA must join forces with the USSR 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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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 8km 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, NASA 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 USSR, which has also launched such an illegal satellite. But will both governments agree? Written by Anonymous

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There's No Place On Earth To Hide!


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12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

7 February 1980 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Meteoro See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,250,000, 19 October 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,400,000, 31 December 1979
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The shots containing the buildings collapsing in the New York City destruction scene, were taken from footage of the demolition of the Pruitt-Igoe apartments in St. Louis Missouri. These buildings were designed by Minoru Yamasaki, the same designer as the World Trade Center, which also got destroyed in the movie. See more »

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The asteroid belt is shown as being crowded with asteroids. In fact, asteroids in the belt are so far apart that one can fly right through the area without even seeing an asteroid. See more »

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Dr. Paul Bradley: You'd like it here, you know. We've got everything. Power cuts, strikes, unemployment, race riots, and a terrific crime rate.
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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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