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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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Taglines:

There's No Place On Earth To Hide!


Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At 22 million dollars, this was one of the most expensive movies of 1979, and a failure at the U.S. box-office. See more »

Goofs

At 1:31, Narrator gives speed of comet as 108,000 MPH. At about 6:01, 'Sherwood' says that the observatory called (7 days ago), and the comet was: "a couple of hundred thousand miles" from the belt. By the time Sherwood says this, the comet is almost 18 MILLION miles past the belt. See more »

Quotes

Tatiana Donskaya: One day you will come to Moscow and you will see a clean subway.
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Crazy Credits

Info panel and Voice Over about a real defence project Icarus, similar to the one in the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

In early television broadcasts, the "Fuck the Dodgers!" line was overdubbed by coughing or the entire toast was simply cut. See more »

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Disaster of a disaster movie
31 January 2004 | by WallyBSee all my reviews

Where to begin ? Probably best not to. An all star cast can't save this turkey with its B movie plot and dreadful special effects. Brian Keith and Natalie Wood as Soviet scientists ? Martin Landau as a red faced military clown ? Ed Wood gave us "Plan Nine From Outer Space" apparently Meteor is Plan Ten ! If you like SciFi you should watch it once, just to see how bad "bad" can be.


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