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  • Meteoric Disaster
    I love this movie and I don't care who knows it. Sean Connery and Natalie Wood are fantastic together---Brian Keith (who committed suicide in 1997) is great as the Russian Counterpart of Connery's character. Martin Landau (CLEOPATRA, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, SPACE 1999, ED WOOD, SLEEPY HOLLOW---and probably most famous for producing daughter Juliet--hey, does that mean Bela Lugosi is the father of Drusilla? Probably not) is great as the Air Force General who, in the end, puts service to his country ahead of his own ego. And Karl Malden turns in his usual performance---meaning top-notch. The special effects are a bit cheesy by 2009 standards but they worked at the time.
    And you should notice the name of the spacecraft that gets destroyed early in the film. It is the Challenger 2. Now remember, this movie was released 1979--seven years BEFORE...well, you know.
    The radio station from New Jersey they are hearing in the subway WAS a real station---WKBW. It's no longer around but it's recreation of Orson Welles' WAR OF THE WORLDS broadcast---first in 1968 (on the 30th anniversary of the Welles Broadcast) and then all over again in 1971 earned their science fiction street creds before their appearance in this film.
    You can learn more and hear the broadcasts here: http://wkbwradio.com/page2.htm

    Finally mention must be made of Henry Fonda as the President---Mr. Fonda was the kind of man I would have voted for until thew cows came home...and then I'd have held a gun on the cows until THEY voted for him too!
    You will LOVE this movie!
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  • The power to Destroy is the Power to save
    1. A five mile chunk of Orpheus is heading for earth and destined to hit the earth in five days.
    2. Hercules was built to be a meteor destroyer, however, the fourteen nuclear weapons are pointing towards Russia instead of space. NASA has five days to realign the rockets.
    3. Orpheus has a 30,000 mile/hour velocity. Hercules is a secret project and the military does not want the world to know about Hercules. Dr. Bradley says, a rock, 1 mile wide, would create a 50 mile diameter. Orpheus is ten magnitudes greater, the impact will cause 5 billion tons of earth to be thrown into the atmosphere, reduce solar radiation, and cause an ice age.
    4. The President reveals the existence of Hercules to the public. Armed weapon nuclear weapons to destroy any foreign body on a collision course to earth. The Russian have a similar weapon and the US wants a joint operation to destroy the meteor. Each missile has 100 megatons capacity.
    5. The Russian weapon, Peter the Great, must be aligned with the US weapons, 16 rockets with 100 megaton per rocket.
    6. A meteor strikes in Siberia of earthquake proportions.
    7. In Italy, a meteor cluster burned up in the atmosphere and the general believes the threat is over.
    8. A meteor smashes into snow cap mountain causing an avalanche causing thousands of deaths in the alps.
    9. The big question is where next?
    10. Peter the Great fires first and forty minutes later Hercules launches and the weapons switch to their internal decision making systems and explode within a predetermined distance.
    11.A hundred foot tidal wave is heading towards Hong Kong, 600 miles per hour.
    12. The President address the world, Sunday, "Stay in your homes, have faith, not more, we will let you know when the danger has past."
    13. A big splinter is on course for impact with the East coast of the US.
    Dr Bradley decides to wait and risk not launching. The missiles successfully launch. The meteor has destroyed most of the New York and communication cut-off. The operation team escapes through the subway tunnels. The river starts to break through.
    14. Houston is monitoring the missiles providing reporting every thirty minutes. 4 & 7 Russian missiles malfunctioned and 1 missile from Hercules malfunctioned.
    15. Orpheus destroyed and the earth safe....more info
  • Boy This Takes Me Back !
    Good little film Meteor is, and it's one of the one's I saw with Connery in the lead not too long after giving up on Bond for good.

    Meteor may never go down in history as the best movie of it's type, but I think for those that even remember it, it deserves a place as the first film of it's kind. Remember this was long before "Armaggedon" "Deep Impact" and all those knockoffs you see on the Sci Fi Channel such as Asteroid and the like.

    Indeed I believe Meteor was the first...and best of the "giant rock hurtling to Earth at blazing speed is going to cause our doom" movies. Yeah Armaggedon had all the high priced special effects and high priced cast, same goes for Deep Impact, but I sincerely believe they never did it better than Meteor did. You can say Armaggedon, Deep Impact and Sci Fi's Asteriod are all variations on a theme, a theme that originally began with Meteor, so in that respect it was the first of this type of movie where the main theme is a very common one today in Sci Fi and action movies.

    You can say the others are better produced, acted, you like the stars better, whatever. Nothing in my opinion did the subject justice as the film Meteor did....more info
  • Oh, what possessed you? All of you?
    Meteor (Ronald Neame, 1979)

    Oh, Ronald Neame. Three of your movies appear on all-time-thousand-best lists in various places (Peter Traver's guide and Yamann's weblog both list The Poseidon Adventure, Travers and the Guardian's weblog both list The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and both the New York Times and Halliwell's guides elect Tunes of Glory); how did you go from such great heights to, well, this? Though I have to say that any movie upon which a pinball game was based is automatically tops in my book, there's just no getting around it: Meteor is a bad, bad movie, all the worse because Neame and uberschlock producer Sam Arkoff managed to line up such an incredible wealth of talent for this film and then proceeded to waste it all as quickly as possible.

    The plot: a comet entered the asteroid belt and collided with Orpheus, the largest body there. A five-mile-wide segment of Orpheus is headed straight for Earth, and the Americans (led by Sean Connery) and the Russians (led by the decidedly non-Russian Brian Keith) have to team up in order to stop the Earth from being destroyed.

    Connery and Keith are just the tip of the iceberg. Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Martin Landau, Richard Dysart, Henry Fonda, Bibi Besch, and Sybil Danning, among many, many others, signed on for roles of varying importance in this turkey. Everyone here should be jailed for overacting, and Natalie Wood should get extra time added for such a fabulous Russian accent. The special effects are laughable (and to be fair, the special effects were laughable in 1979, as well). Set design is cruelly cheap, and the titles are straight out of TV-movie-dom. The soundtrack must be heard to be believed. The script is rife with plot holes and places where it's obvious the writers did a rush job of patching the ones they found. For that matter, I can't think of anything, save the cast, to recommend this film at all. *
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  • meteor
    i enjoy meteor it was very good quality movie & will mostly liked purchased more of this kind of movie in the further. thank you celia...more info
  • Before you see this movie...
    please read my review of 'Basic Instinct'. I know that doesn't make any sense as you read this, but, trust me, it will after you read my review of Sharon Stone's one hit blunder-THANKS....more info
  • Disaster Movie that quickly became a Disaster
    Ok this is worse than average - what's going on?? - Sean Connery, Karl Malden, Natalie Wood, Brian Keith, Henry Fonda..........and the list goes on. Even Ronald Neame in the directors chair can't sum up the pedigree of his previous two movies (Poseidon Adventure, Odessa File) with this A list of stars, or the giants of MGM at the helm. It's 1979 - so let's get in some social comment, Sean Connery is an astro physicist who teaches at M.I.T and has a real distaste for the military (his former employers) for whom he designed a Space Missile Platform to avert astral disasters. They swiftly procured it and pointed it at the pesky Russians naturally (this was the height of the cold war remember)and Martin Landau is unintentionally amusing as the "don't trust the Russians" maniacal General usurped by Connery's team. Trouble is, there's now a giant Raisin on a collision course with Earth - (I say that, because that's what the special effects make it look like every time you see it swirling toward us), and there aren't enough missiles to stop it. Further more the missiles are pointing the wrong way, and we'll have to ask the Russians to help (heaven forbid). They of course deny that they have a similar platform, and we must overcome the political tug of war games first, this is to run down the survival clock, and add to the tension, I assume!! This was way before Armageddon, and Deep Impact - and was actually a fresh idea, then for the popular disaster flicks of the time. The problem is that most of the picture centers on this East/West Collaboration, and the nail biting of whether we'll get the missiles pointing the right way in time, or whether Connery & Ms Wood will get it together. There is also the worry of some astral chaff ahead of the Raisin that causes a few explosions, and flattens a Swiss Ski resort, but nothing brings any real tension for the viewer. The script is dire, and Brian Keith playing Connery's Russian opposite is completely wasted - doing about as much for the Russian accent, as Dick Van Dyke did for the Cockney accent in Mary Poppins. I saw this on it's release in a huge Cinemascope theatre, and was mildly impressed (I was younger then!), but the sad fact is that the Sfx just weren't up to the job then, and look laughable now. This movie is proof that a good list of actors can get almost anything off the cutting room floor - which was probably where this should have stayed. Even nostalgia buffs will want to avoid this one....more info
  • How The Heck?
    In 1979, I would probably guess that big name studios like MGM would have better morals than to put out this pathetic excuse of a movie. Boring, unintriging, and badly acted, this movie will have you on the edge of your seat, to run into the next room covering your eyes at it's badness.

    I don't mean to diss, but man. This movie is awful. Why would I recommend this? How can I? I'll just simply put it like this. I'm not....more info

  • Cooperating to Save the World
    This 1979 movie presents a real threat from Outer Space. An asteroid is hit by a comet and explodes into a million pieces. One piece destroys the observing space shuttle; another is heading for earth - a big one. Orpheus is five miles wide! Even if it only hit the Atlantic, the result would be a cataclysm creating another Ice Age and the possible extinction of most life. The problem is that destroying the asteroid would reveal the presence of nuclear rockets in space, a violation of numerous treaties!

    The President addresses the nation to tell of this emergency, and Project Hercules as the solution. Cooperation with the Soviet Union is needed to destroy this meteor. But it is hard to change old ways. The film shows a meteor striking in Siberia, and creating earthquake-like tremors. (Something like this did happen circa 1911.) The first meteors enter the atmosphere and burn up harmlessly. But a bigger chunk hits a snow mountain, causing an avalanche that destroys a small village. One hits the Pacific and creates a tidal wave that wipes out Taiwan. The threat is real and imminent. There is one political problem: because of the difference in orbits, the Soviet rockets would have to be fired first. Trust is needed.

    But a new threat arises: a "splinter" is headed for the Eastern Seaboard of the US. It strikes Manhattan, damaging the Twin Towers and other buildings. The command center is damaged, but most survive to escape by a subway tunnel. Then the river starts to break through and threaten the survivors; they muddle through to hear that Orpheus was destroyed.

    This story recalls "Ragnarok" by Ignatius Donnelly which analyzed the common legends of mankind and explained them as the remembrance of a comet hitting the earth and causing great climatic changes. Read this 1883 international best seller for its pioneering story....more info

  • GREAT MOVIE!
    I love this movie! It is a great "feel good" movie. The Russians and Americans working together to save the world. What could be a better movie concept in the Cold War era in which this movie was made. Two great ideas for an exciting movie are brought together beautifully: a meteor five miles wide striking the Earth and a satellite orbiting the Earth armed with the devestating destructive power of nuclear missles now forced to be used to save the planet. If you want great special effects, forget it. This move was made in 1979 when special effects were still in their infancy. But, I still think the special effects are more than adequate and quite believeable. The makers of Meteor did a fine job. The story is believeable and the director lets you feel the emotions of the moment through the characters involved using the little side stories without making the movie to complex. In short, Meteor is one of my favorite movies and one I enjoy watching again and again. If you want to see a lousy movie, try one of the new Star Wars films....more info
  • Poor story and terrible special effects
    Meteor was a disaster film that turned into a real disaster.
    The film was a box ofice bomb and one of the reasons for this was it's terrible special effects caused by budget problems.
    Even for the time it was made,they were very poor and in fact one snowslide special effect was borrowed from another film.
    Although it had a top cast of actors,the film had a poor script. Save your money....more info
  • Love/know astronomy? Hate this film.
    This movie has done one thing that no other film in all my years of viewing has ever done--it got me standing up, inches from my TV, screaming at it through most of the film. "No! No! Comets don't do that!" was the *least* of my screamed comments. Virtually anything and everything that had to do with astrophysics or astronomy in this film was not just wrong, but abysmally wrong. It's obvious whoever wrote the script didn't do a bleeding lick of research, nor did the people who put together the pathetic effects. If I'd seen it in a theater, Connery (drool) notwithstanding, I would have walked out and demanded my money back.

    The cast? There was an absolutely wonderful all-star cast, who were burdened with a poor script and idiot plot. I did see chemistry between two of the actors, whom I would love to see perform together again. Not Sean Connery and Natalie Wood--Sean Connery and Brian Keith. These two played to perfection the two iconoclastic scientists for whom saving the Earth was more important than targeting "the other guys", and they really clicked as "comrades in arms". This film rates its one star for that chemistry alone; nothing else is worth it....more info

  • Rocks off
    It's odd to note how much 'Armageddon' borrowed from this film. Both movies open with a disaster in space, before moving through a mixture of light soap opera mixed with isolated catastrophes around the world (although, sadly, Paris is not devastated this time).

    The big difference is tone - 'Meteor' wants you to take it very seriously indeed, and whilst 'Armageddon' was a brain-dead, entertaining roller-coaster, 'Meteor' asks us to care passionately about missiles. There's very little human interest, and only Sean Connery stands out, and then only because he's Sean Connery. This was made during the period between 'Bond' and 'The Untouchables', when Connery's career was drifting along. His performance reminds you that, although he might not be Olivier, he's an immense screen presence.

    Anyway, 'Meteor' is dated - in a bad way. From the cold war tension to the way that the poster has miniature pictures of the main cast, this film reeks of 'late 70's disaster film'. Although it was not produced by Lew Grade it has the euro-pudding mish-mash feel of so many ITC productions (think: 'Raise the Titanic'). Still, the effects don't look too bad, and it's the kind of thing that goes down well on a bored Sunday afternoon. It's prime cheese, of course....more info

  • One of the best B-movies ever ...
    I saw this movie in the cinema when i was young and absolutely loved it ... I couldn't resist buying the dvd when it came out and it is still very entertaining ... Everything is over the top, Nathalie Wood as the russian translator for Brian Keith, falling in love with Sean "hunkier than ever" Connery while parts of a big meteor destroy different parts of the world ... From the first scene on you know what's gonna happen, but it is FUN ... Don't think but just sit back and enjoy this cool rollercoasterride !...more info
  • A rather dreary spectacle...
    It is surprising how much talent can be wasted on what is--frankly--a mediocre film. In spite of some pretty powerful actors, the film is tepid. It of course suffers in comparison with more recent and glossier hits such as DEEP IMPACT--which use modern cinematic technology for special effects. But beyond that, its weak plot and poor production values undermine the film, to give us a pretty weak result.

    The plot of a comet or meteor racing towards the virtually certain disaster of an impact with earth is an old and good one which can produce some hot movies. But this film uses cliche after cliche after cliche to carry out its purposes. The figure of the general unwilling to trust civilian handling of emergencies should be pretty familiar, as should that of the crusty Soviet technologist with a desirable and attractive translator, who learn to work with their U.S. counterparts (and perhaps find love). The redeployment of nuclear bombs to save the world by blasting the meteor is also all too familiar. And, of course, once again poor old New York City gets it right in the neck!

    In short, this plot has been done before--and since. And it has been done better....more info

  • Better than Deep Impact, less noise than Armageddon
    This is one of those movies that is a guilty pleasure, kind of like
    "The Neptune Factor". Sure, it's bad. But that's half the
    fun!

    "Meteor" is one of the very first space-based
    disaster films from the era of disaster films (Airport, Towering
    Inferno, Earthquake). The effects range from good (rockets launched
    from orbiting platforms), to terrible (Skylab as a deep space probe,
    and a two-by-four building trying to pass as a skyscraper).

    One of
    the opening scenes, of a sailboat crossing a starfield, is
    inspired.

    Whereas Deep Impact had good effects, and Armageddon was
    nothing but flash and NOISE, "Meteor" has a touch of
    class. This despite the bad acting and cheesy effects.

    Try this one
    out. It's a fun watch!
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  • Superb forerunner of recent hits
    When you see this, you may learn where some of the inspirations for ARMAGEDDON and DEEP IMPACT came from. Sean Connery gives a strong performance as a scientist trying to convince the military and government that a giant meteor five miles wide(apparently a rock from the producer's back garden was used and it shows!) is heading for Earth, preceeded by deadly fragments. After the talk comes some action and effects which were good for the time, and sometimes still look great even now. An avalanche in Switzerland, a tidal wave flooding Hong Kong, and as a preview of ARMAGEDDON, a huge fragment demolishes New York(although you can tell it's stock film in parts, even though it's kept to a minimum). And the space scenes towards the end of the movie are great! The characters are much more well-created and acted than in many films of this genre from the 1970s, particularly Connery(he makes anything worth watching when he's in it, with the obvious exceptions of ZARDOZ and HIGHLANDER 2: THE QUICKENING), Henry Fonda(as the President), Brian Keith not speaking a word of English except when he mocks the Brooklyn Dodgers(!), Natalie Wood as his interpreter and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE's Martin Landau as a caricature hot-headed Air Force general! Altogether, if you enjoyed DEEP IMPACT and ARMAGEDDON, don't miss METEOR. You'll be just as entertained!...more info
  • Superb forerunner of recent hits
    When you see this, you may learn where some of the inspirations for ARMAGEDDON and DEEP IMPACT came from. Sean Connery gives a strong performance as a scientist trying to convince the military and government that a giant meteor five miles wide(apparently a rock from the producer's back garden was used and it shows!) is heading for Earth, preceeded by deadly fragments. After the talk comes some action and effects which were good for the time, and sometimes still look great even now. An avalanche in Switzerland, a tidal wave flooding Hong Kong, and as a preview of ARMAGEDDON, a huge fragment demolishes New York(although you can tell it's stock film in parts, even though it's kept to a minimum). And the space scenes towards the end of the movie are great! The characters are much more well-created and acted than in many films of this genre from the 1970s, particularly Connery(he makes anything worth watching when he's in it, with the obvious exceptions of ZARDOZ and HIGHLANDER 2: THE QUICKENING), Henry Fonda(as the President), Brian Keith not speaking a word of English except when he mocks the Brooklyn Dodgers(!), Natalie Wood as his interpreter and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE's Martin Landau as a caricature hot-headed Air Force general! Altogether, if you enjoyed DEEP IMPACT and ARMAGEDDON, don't miss METEOR. You'll be just as entertained!...more info
  • A PRETTY GOOD SCI-FI FILM HOWEVER NOT THE BEST.
    I liked METEOR a lot SEAN CONNERY, NATALIE WOOD and HENRY FONDA good a good job with so-so diolouge and roles that they play who they play I won't give away just watch and find out and you'll see what I mean. Also I thought the effects were pretty good for back then wait till you see them but they're the only thing that save this film. I would reccomend this film for that reason nothing else....more info
  • Possible Camp Classic With A Foundation In Fact
    "Meteor" has routinely drawn poor reviews from film critic, and it's easy to understand why. The star-heavy cast, including Sean Connery, Karl Malden, and Natalie Wood in one of her last screen appearances, seem to be going through the motions. The dialogue is heavy and forced. And the special effects aren't that special. In fact, the New York impact sequence is primary stock implosion footage...But the events depicted aren't particularly far-fetched...

    Although the acting and SFX aren't top notch, "Meteor's" base in reality is...In 1967, Project Icarus, undertaken by a graduate project group at MIT, discussed how to deal with the threat of an inbound asteroid. Although the solution (six Saturn V moon rockets with 100-megaton nuclear warheads) isn't plausible now, it marked the first time that the subject of impactor interception was seriously studied.

    "Meteor" may not Oscar-winning material, but it is definitely worth a look for anyone with an interest in cosmic impacts....more info