After a collision with a comet, a nearly 8km wide piece of the asteroid "Orpheus" is heading towards Earth. If it will hit it will cause a incredible catastrophe which will probably extinguish mankind. To stop the meteor NASA wants to use the illegal nuclear weapon satellite "Hercules" but discovers soon that it doesn't have enough fire power. Their only chance to save the world is to join forces with the USSR who have also launched such an illegal satellite. But will both governments agree?
- Year: 1979
- Country: United States of America
- Genre: Action, Thriller, Adventure, Science Fiction
- Studio: Palladium, American International Pictures, Meteor Joint Venture
- Keyword: new york city, france, nasa, meteor, disaster, hong kong, destruction, united nations, world trade center, avalanche, flood, tidal wave, disaster movie, russian
- Director: Ronald Neame
- Cast: Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Trevor Howard