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A streaking comet explodes in outer space hurling a five mile wide meteor, and surrounding fragments, on a collision course with Earth. Scientists from both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. work feverishly to redirect their nuclear rockets at the meteor in an effort to deflect it away from Earth. Spectacular effects and a star-studded cast.

Starring:
Sean Connery, Natalie Wood
Runtime:
1 hour 48 minutes

Meteor

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Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Ronald Neame
Starring Sean Connery, Natalie Wood
Supporting actors Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Trevor Howard, Richard Dysart, Henry Fonda, Joseph Campanella, Bo Brundin, Katherine De Hetre, James G. Richardson, Roger Robinson, Michael Zaslow, John McKinney, John Findlater, Paul Tulley, Allen Williams, Bibi Besch, Gregory Gaye
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This is a great, classic sci-fi disaster movie.
Timothy J. Sample
Overly critical people who don't like disaster movies of this era need not watch this one though.
Michael Dobey
It's odd to note how much 'Armageddon' borrowed from this film.
Mr. A. Pomeroy

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
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!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Savary on July 4, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kinsmed on July 12, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I would list this movie as one of the reasons I am grateful you can buy DVDs of your favorite movies. If I could only have 10 movies in my video library, this would be one of them.

Some of the biggest screen stars of the day were featured in this last gasp of glasnost. Sean Connery, Brian Keith,, Martin Landau, Natalie Wood (who is coincidentally cast as a Russian translator when she herself was born to Russian parents).

The screenplay adds lots of nice realistic touches that draw you into the panic of a world on the uncontrollable brink of annihilation. It is gratifying to see Sean Connery unfettered and free to curse and rail.

Part of the appeal is to see high-level bureaucrats at each others throats and to see how there is a rest of the world and that they are affected as well. It is eerie to see that the very first American landmark struck is the World Trade Center towers.

It should be noted that the screenplay was written by those whose having a great deal of war movie screenplay experience, such as "Patton", "Sink The Bismarck", and "The Day The Earth Stood Still".

The orchestration aptly relays the gravity of the moments where dialog is not possible.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Olmo on April 8, 2008
Format: DVD
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary P. Cohen on July 6, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I remember being excited when Meteor first opened in the movies as it starred two of my favorites: Sean Connery and Natalie Wood. I went to see it the first night it opened with my wife and another couple. I knew the film was in trouble when I walked in and a new film was scheduled to open in exactly two weeks. Anyway I enjoyed the film and everyone else hated it.
Meteor concerns a massive meteor scheduled to crash into earth. It predates Armeggedon and Deep Contact by about 15 years. Plus it does not have any miners trying to explode the meteor into pieces. This film has the U.S. and the Soviet Union attempt to launch nuclear missiles simultaneously to destroy the giant rock. Since the film was made in 1979 and Reagan had not won the Cold War yet, getting both countries to cooperate (on film) was a major problem.
The main problem with Meteor were the mediocre special effects as I believe the film might have run out of money. Before the meteor hits, fragments of the meteor hit earth and do much damage. However the poor effects doom such scenes. In one scene, a meteor crashes into the ocean near Hong Kong and causes a tidal wave. We see dozens of people running through the street to escape the wave and we can also see people on the sidewalks relaxing and lounging around watching the scene being filmed. Another fragment crashes near a ski resort in the mountains. The scenes of destruction were lifted from an earlier American International film, "Avalanche."
The final fragment slams into downtown New York (destroying the World Trade Center for the first time.) The underground headquarters for those trying to launch the missiles is destroyed and Connery, Wood and the others are almost drowned in mud.
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