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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

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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792843606
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,609 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Meteor" on IMDb

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24 of 26 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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23 of 25 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
"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
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 11 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 10 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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