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Meteor (1979)

Sean Connery , Natalie Wood , Ronald Neame  |  PG |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau
  • Directors: Ronald Neame
  • Writers: Edmund H. North, Stanley Mann
  • Producers: Arnold H. Orgolini, Gabriel Katzka, Run Run Shaw, Sandy Howard, Theodore R. Parvin
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792843606
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,404 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Meteor" on IMDb

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Sean Connery leads a team of asteroid-battling astronomers in Meteor, one of the last and most unusual examples of the disaster movie craze of the 1970s. In this one, a killer asteroid named Orpheus threatens to collide with the Earth, and Connery must come up with a plan to stop it. Cold war politics date the picture a bit, but they also add some weight to the impending doom facing humanity. Like any good disaster flick, it's populated by an all-star cast, including Karl Malden, Martin Landau, Natalie Wood, Richard Dysart, Henry Fonda, and Trevor Howard. Brian Keith plays Connery's opposite number in the U.S.S.R. While the pacing and special effects are weak compared to similar celestial menaces depicted in Armageddon and Deep Impact, Meteor displays all the benefits of its more powerful cast… not to mention Hank Fonda as President. --Mark Savary

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Outer space can hardly contain all the stars who round out the extraordinary cast in this spellbinding thriller about a five-mile-wide meteor on a catastrophic collision course with earth. Natalie Wood and OscarÂ(r) winners* Sean Connery, Karl Malden, Martin Landau and Henry Fonda shine in this 'thoroughly engrossing (The Hollywood Reporter) sci-fi special effects spectacular thatrockets across the screen like a speeding comet. A brilliant scientist, Dr. Paul Bradley (Connery)is summoned to Washington by NASA chief Harold Sherwood (Malden), who informs him that a huge meteor will smash into earth in six days. The only chance to destroy the meteor is to work with the Soviets, revealing to them top secrets. But as the clock is ticking, fragments of the meteor split off and come crashing to earth, causing enormous damage. And as avalanches and title waves take a devastating toll, Bradley works against all odds to eliminate the greatest threat the world has ever known.*1987: Connery, Supporting Actor, The Untouchables;1951: Malden, Supporting Actor,A Streetcar Named Desire;1994: Landau, Supporting Actor, Ed Wood;1981: Fonda, Actor, On Golden Pond; 1980: Fonda, Honorary Award

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb forerunner of recent hits February 7, 1999
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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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meteoric Disaster January 10, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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: [...]

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Ok so the former James Bond doesn't say rear but it's a great one liner by the great Sean Connery. Meteor is lead by an allstar cast including Sean Connery (James Bond movies, Brian Keith (Hooper), and Martin Landau (Field of Dreams).
The movie is about a meteor called Morpheus on a collision course towards earth. In the times of the Soviet Union and the Cold War you can see the icy reception Major General Adlon (played by Martin Landau) gives Dr. Dubov (Keith). Brian Keith plays Connery's (Dr. Bradley) Soviet conterpart in which they devise a plan to change the direction of missles that are docked out in space. Keith's interpreter is played by Natalie Wood (Brainstorm) who is constantly being hit on by Sean Connery. While General Adlon wants the Soviets to leave, Dr. Bradley and Harry Sherwood (Karl malden) try to calm him down. The main problem is getting the Soviet Premier to acknowledge Peter the Great and join the United States in destroying the meteor. And of course the Meteor! Will Hank Fonda cause a diplomatic nightmare when he acknowledges Hercules in which General Adlon refuses to give Dr. Bradley control of? Now the Americans call their missles in space Hercules and the Soviets call theirs Peter the Great. The American President played by Hank Fonda must find a way to get the Soviets involved using their missles from Peter the Great because the firepower of Hercules can't do it alone. Throughout the movie, disasters strike which are preludes to the gigantic Morpheus. Will General Adlon ever calm down? Will Dr. Bradlet and Dr. Dubov save mankind? Will Morpheus strike earth?
This was a great movie. Critics panned this movie as others say it's outdated and no match for Armegeddon. Yes the special effects are way outdated but was a masterpiece in its time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Never dull, until the final 20 minutes
METEOR is a science fiction movie taking place in the contemporary era, with most of the scenes taking place in a military control center, located underground in New York City,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tom Brody
1.0 out of 5 stars A dud, not a meteor
“Meteor” is a classical disaster film from 1979, starring Sean Connery and Natalie Wood. The film is also an unmitigated disaster in itself. But you knew that already, didn't you? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ashtar Command
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
this is the movie that my husband really enjoyed and has been looking for a very long time, thank you
Published 3 months ago by Nancy Hester
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The plot of this is good, but to me considering all the big name stars, the acting could have been better. Directing okay but I think it could have been better.
Published 7 months ago by Valerie Villalovos
4.0 out of 5 stars Meteor
Another action packed movie. Not a lot of romance in your face, but you see it in this movie anyway.
Published 10 months ago by Debra M. Duval
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT SANDY HOWARD PRODUCTION,GREAT STORY AND EVEN GREATER CAST!
Produced before we understood the meaning of "Meteors",it should be a "must" see for all concerned with this challenge from Outer Space.
Published 12 months ago by Ex Pat Nick
3.0 out of 5 stars It,s okay I like it
It is not a grate movie I like Sean Connery. It is your meteor destroying the earth can Thay stop it !!!
Published 13 months ago by James B.
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY PLEASANT OLDER MOVIE WHICH STORY COULD BECOME TRUE.
GOOD OLDER MOVIE,ENJOYABLE ANDMAKE ONE THINK,WOUL RECOMEND TO ANYBODY.VERY GOOD STARS PLAY IN THAT MOVIE BUT SEAN CONNERY IS NOT MY FAVORITE. Read more
Published 13 months ago by christian demaurivert
3.0 out of 5 stars again region1 not region4 as i thought
same feedback as black shield of falworth,lucky ihave a multi region dvd player,I will read item description much more carefully next time
Published 15 months ago by william colquhoun
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
this product is awesome and i like the color, the cards i feel satisfied with this purchase.

My experience with the vendor is successful because the arrival time was... Read more
Published 16 months ago by cesar
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