A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinema

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Meteor (1979)

Rating: **** Threat: Meteor collision

American International. Written by Stanley Mann & Edmund North; Photographed by Paul Lohmann; Special effects by Margo Anderson, Glen Robinson & William Cruse; Edited by Carl Kress; Music by Laurence Rosenthal; Produced by Arnold Orgolini & Theodore Parvin; Directed by Ronald Neame. 107 minutes.


ANNOTATED CAST LIST

Sean Connery (Dr. Paul Bradley, astrophysicist); Brian Keith (Dr. Alexei Dubov, top Soviet scientist); Natalie Wood (Tatiana Nikolaevna Donskaya, Dubov's assistant); Karl Maiden (Harry Sherwood, head of NASA); Carole Hemingway (Gladys, his secretary); Martin Landau (Gen. Adlon, head of Project Hercules); Trevor Howard (Sir Michael Hughes, British astronomer); Henry Fonda (U.S. president); Richard Dysart (secretary of state); Joseph Campanella (Gen. John Easton, military liaison officer to NASA); Bo Brundin (Rolf Manheim, chief technician of Hercules); Katherine De Hetre (Jan Watkins, trajectory analysis officer); James G. Richardson (Alan Marshall, Jan's assistant and boyfriend); Roger Robinson (Bill Hunter, tracking technician); Michael Zaslow (Sam Mason, NASA commander); John McKinney (Peter Watson, NASA flight director); John Finlater (Tom Easton, astronaut on ChallengerII and son of Gen. Easton); Paul Tulley (Bill Frager, astronaut on Challenger II); Alien Williams (Michael McKendrick, astronaut on Challenger II); Gregory Gaye (Soviet Premier); Bibi Besch (Helen Bradley, Paul's estranged wife); Clyde Kusatsu (Yamashiro, astro-tracker in Hong Kong); Burke Byrnes, (coast guard officer who tracks down Bradley); Henry Olek (Adlon's translator); Peter Bourne (Security Council president); Stanley Mann (Canadian representative); Ronald Neame (British representative); Philip Sterling (Soviet Representative); Arthur Adams (Ghana representative); Fred Carney (American representative); Sybil Danning (skier at Swiss resort); Meschino Paterlini (her skiing companion); Osman Ragheb (Zurich television reporter); Jon Yune (Siberian man); Eileen Saki (Siberian woman); Yu Wing (Hong Kong fisherman); Yan Tsui Ling (his wife); Joe Medalis (bartender); Selma Archerd (woman in subway); Domingo Ambriz (boy with radio in subway); Clete Roberts (American television announcer); Stu Nathan (British television announcer); James Bacon, Yani Begakis (reporters); Chris Baur, Paul Camen, Dorothy Catching, Bill Couch, William Darr, Joan Foley, Paul Laurence, Johnny Moio, Reed Morgan, Conrad Palmisano, Tony Rocco, Jesse Wayne (communication center technicians); Peter Donat (narrator).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Overview: Cinematic Visions of the Apocalypse xi
  • A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinema: Fifty Films in Depth 1
  • The 27th Day (1957) 3
  • Armageddon (1998) 10
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) 17
  • Crack in the World (1965) 22
  • The Dawn of the Dead (1978) 27
  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) 33
  • The Day the Sky Exploded (1958/61) 40
  • Day the World Ended (1956) 44
  • Deep Impact (1998) 48
  • Deluge (1933) 54
  • Doomsday Machine (1967/72) 59
  • Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 63
  • The End of the World (1930/34) 70
  • Five (1951) 74
  • Holocaust 2000 (1978) 78
  • The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) 83
  • Kronos (1957) 88
  • The Last Man on Earth (1964) 93
  • The Last War (1961) 98
  • The Last Wave (1977) 103
  • The Last Woman on Earth (1960) 108
  • Lifeforce (1985) 112
  • The Lost Missile (1958) 117
  • The Magnetic Monster (1953) 122
  • The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) 127
  • Mars Attacks! (1996) 133
  • Meteor (1979) 139
  • Moonraker (1979) 145
  • The Night the World Exploded (1957) 152
  • Noah's Ark (1929) 157
  • No Blade of Grass (1970) 162
  • No Survivors Please (1964) 168
  • One Night Stand (1984) 172
  • On the Beach (1959) 177
  • Quiet Earth (1985) 184
  • Robot Monster (1953) 189
  • Runestone (1991) 194
  • The Satan Bug (1965) 199
  • The Seventh Sign (1988) 205
  • Solar Crisis (1990) 210
  • Star Trek—the Motion Picture (1978) 214
  • Target Earth (1953) 221
  • Them! (1954) 226
  • Virus (1980) 231
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) 238
  • The War of the Worlds (1953) 243
  • When Worlds Collide (1951) 249
  • Where Have All the People Gone? (1974) 255
  • The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959) 259
  • Zarkorr the Invader (1996) 265
  • Appendices 269
  • Appendix A 271
  • Appendix B 279
  • Appendix C 283
  • Index 285
  • About the Author 311
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