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Meteor Man (1993)

Robert Townsend , Marla Gibbs , Robert Townsend  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Townsend, Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume, James Earl Jones
  • Directors: Robert Townsend
  • Writers: Robert Townsend
  • Producers: Robert Townsend, Christopher Homes, Loretha C. Jones
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZRP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Meteor Man" on IMDb

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Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle) leads an all-star cast including Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume, James Earl Jones and Bill Cosby in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good comic fantasy about a reluctant superhero on a crusade to save his neighborhood. Move over, Superman! Spineless Jefferson Reed (Townsend) has just discovered his backbone and it's stronger than steel! Amild-mannered substitute teacher, Jefferson would rather run than fight until he's hit by a strangegreen meteor that gives him superhuman abilities. And when a gang led by a powerful drug lord begins terrorizing his family and neighbors, Jefferson has no choice but to don his homemade spandex suitand take it on in a war of cunning, wit and super-powered, super-modeling prowess'to save his 'hood!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favs. January 1, 2003
Format:DVD
I Thought this movie was good maybe not the best but i thought it was good. many cameo appearances many celebs. Even though some people thought the movie wasnt that funny i thought it was. Especially the last scene. I cant wait til it comes out on dvd february 18th. Im definetly getting it and i think you should too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
I've seen this movie get some harsh reviews. I think people are just taking it too seriously. Either that or they end up expecting hilarity, and they get disppointed, too. Of course we can plainly see that it's ludicrously contrived, but who cares?
My problem with the movie is that it was butchered before its release. I read the novelization before i saw the movie, and the book was based on the uneditied screenplay, so I got to see what might have been. What's missing? Most importantly, the ending! The ending was hugely important, and it's completely lost. A lot of things seem horribly unsolved with the movie's "ending," and I'd love to see a director's cut someday. There were also a lot of less significant scenes cut. i.e. In the edited version, we find out that Jeff has a fear of heights. Then, BAM, it's gone. In the real version, we actually get to see what happened to make him lose that fear.
OK, perhaps I'm less than convincing. What I really want to say is that this movie is neither serious nor a complete joke, so if you just appreciate it for whatever it really is, it's pretty darn good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it June 13, 2001
By baydog
Format:VHS Tape
I enjoyed the movie when i saw the it years ago. But i wasn't expecting to knocked off my feet laughing hillariously. There's very few movies that does that anyway. I seen some of the reviews and i guess people see one movie of Robert Townsend's and they want every movie of his to be just alike, all gut ripping comedies.I consider this movie more of a fantasy thats very entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought that the film was funny. May 23, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The film reminded me of The Greatest American Hero a little bit. Both guys were teachers, and both got super powers from a force from outer space. Both guys were unwilling to be the hero too. I thought that it was a great spin on the super hero story of the early 90s. I thought that Marla Gibbs and the supporting cast was great. I thought that this film should have been treated better then it was. The way he delt with the thugs robbing an apartment, was a scream! The Music video was a great song too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing out Loud June 27, 2009
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
My family watched this together and rolled in the floor. They have one scene where 2 men were dancing like sissies out in the street. I had to stop the tape because my niece started hyperventilating from laughing so hard. We played that part over and over. This was a good movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Characters, Nice Message March 20, 2009
Format:DVD
This is an almost all-black cast featuring many prominent black actors and singers. The most famous one, Bill Cosby, has several scenes but no lines of dialog!

What makes the film appealing is its innocence and charm. There is hardly any profanity, there is a good-hearted likable hero ("Jefferson Reed" ) Robert Townsend) and a nice story of good folks trying to get rid of destructive violent neighborhood gangs.

It's hokey; it's corny, it's sometimes stupid but there are some genuinely unique and funny scenes in this film as when "Meteor Man" talks to his dog or when he does some amazing feats to save his friends.

A fun, lightweight film that - yes, the whole family can enjoy. It's a sad comment that it is not better known. I think it's refreshing to see some nice people and good role-models exhibited for a change.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My family loves this movie! February 22, 2008
Format:DVD
I own Meteor Man and every time my nephews visit, they can't wait to watch it! It's cute with lots of great black actors. It's silly, but fun and the message is positive. I give Robert Townsend lots of credit for making a black superhero movie and I even have the Meteor Man action figure that came out after the movie! Watch the movie and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare role model February 20, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Why don't we have more superheroes like Meteor Man? This is the all-time favorite superhero movie of my three kids, who are on their second copy of the film. They wore the VHS out years ago, but the DVD is still going strong. Affirming, entertaining and fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 6 days ago by Angelina McNeil
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this film because it is truely a collectable
I recommend this film because it is truely a collectable. Thw film stars some of America's best black (African-American) actors and of which many are no longer with us. Read more
Published 14 days ago by William
4.0 out of 5 stars Meteor man
Could not find this movie via streaming device of any kind so I bought from the best. The movie was kinda terrible but I enjoyed it very much when i was a kid. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sir Preme
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 1 month ago by MICHAEL
4.0 out of 5 stars Meteor Man
I should have watched this movie in the movies when it came out. I left myself out- this is Soul Train stuff, and I did not do my part so i ended up buying the video.
Published 3 months ago by doctorspock
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert you da man, Meteor Man.
Meteor man is an African-American classic. A black superhero saving his community from drugs and gang violence will uplift anyone's spirit no matter the color. Read more
Published 5 months ago by lady t
5.0 out of 5 stars meteor man
i love his power so sweet the man with lots of power some of his powers are see through walls, fly, super strong and more.
Published 7 months ago by al
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
I loved this movie. James Earl Jones had me in stitches. Worth it just to see him act a complete fool like he did in "Coming to America."
Published 13 months ago by EZ Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable, with Strong Themes of Standing Up for Yourself
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When a school teacher is accidentally struck by a strange, green glowing meteor, he is endowed with superpowers. Read more
Published 15 months ago by A.P. Fuchs, author of The Axiom-man Saga
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch Meteor Man
The movie was vey funny! I also liked his outfit and how people were trying to stop the violence in the community.
Published 16 months ago by echelle johnson
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