Year: 1979

Production: Paladium Pictures

Director: Ronald Neame

Starring: Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Henry Fonda, Martin Landau, Trevor Howard, Richard Dysart

Screenwriter: Stanley Mann, Edmund H. North

103 minutes; Color

An asteroid on collision course with Earth and threatening the end of the world is one of the oldest themes of sf cinema. The Comet (1910) is the first recorded example of the sub-genre which includes such interesting works as Verdens Undergang (1916), which highlighted the social unrest that accompanied the projected end of the world, and the superb special effects of Deluge (1933) and When Worlds Collide (1951). In comparison to these, Neame's film is a decidedly minor affair, substituting melodrama (can East and West work together to shoot the meteor to bits and save the world?) and romance (between Connery's American scientist and Woods' Soviet interpreter) for any sense of cosmic catastrophe. Even the special effects by Robinson, who'd been responsible for the destruction of Los Angeles in Earthquake (1974), are routine compared to those of Deluge or When Worlds Collide.

The Overlook Film Encyclopedia - Science Fiction

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