- The Meteor Man (film)
name = The Meteor Man
caption = Theatrical one-sheet for "The Meteor Man"
Robert Townsend Loretha C. Jones
Robert Townsend Marla Gibbs Eddie Griffin Robert Guillaume James Earl Jones Roy Fegan Don Cheadle Bill Cosby Big Daddy Kane Frank Gorshin Sinbad Luther Vandross Tommy 'Tiny' Lister John Witherspoon
John A. Alonzo
Adam Bernardi Richard Candib Robaire W. Estel Andrew London Pam Wise
August 6, 1993(USA)
runtime = 100 min
language = English
budget = Unknown
gross = $8,023,147 (USA)
amg_id = 1:32351
imdb_id = 0107563
"The Meteor Man" is a 1993
filmby director, writer, and star Robert Townsendabout a superhero.
Jefferson Reed is a mild mannered school teacher in
Washington D.C.His neighborhood is plagued by a local gang, The Golden Lords, drug dealers who terrorize the locals. One night, Jeff steps in to rescue a woman from the gang, only to end up running from them himself. Hiding in a garbage dumpster, he manages to escape, but as he climbs out of it, he is struck down by a glowing green meteoritewhich crashes down from the sky. His spine is crushed and he receives severe burns. A small fragment of the meteor was left over and was taken by a silent vagrant ( Bill Cosby). He awakens several days later in the hospital, but when his bandages are taken off, he is miraculously healed from all his injuries.
Jeff soon discovers the meteorite has left him with other abilities too, such as flight and superhuman strength. Confiding this to his parents (
Robert Guillaumeand Marla Gibbs), he is convinced by them to use his powers to try and help his community. His mother designs a costume for him, and as The Meteor Man, he takes on the Golden Lords and their leader Simon Caine ( Roy Fegan). He puts down a crack house, stops a robbery, and unites the Cripsand Bloods.
The Golden Lords learn of his identity and the loss of his powers. The gang ruins the neighborhood. As the community members plan to make a deal with them, Jeff jumps in and teaches them about fighting for their beliefs. A powerless Jeff fights Simon and gets beaten in the process. Simon raises his gun up towards Jeff, planning to shoot him until Jeff's neighbor (
James Earl Jones) throws a record at him and successfully knocks the gun out of Simon's hand. At this point the neighborhood fights back and the same man who picked up the small meteor fragment uses it to strip the Golden Lords of their guns. The man accidentally drops the meteor on the ground and Jeff and Simon notice this. They both get a fragment of the meteor and engage in a brawl, with Meteor Man as the victor.
*Although the movie was set in Washington, it was mostly filmed in Baltimore.
Marvel Comicsproduced a 6-issue limited series spin-offtitled simply "Meteor Man"
*The title theme song was performed by Big Hat Ray Ray (aka Raymond Smith).
*Robert Townsend would go on to direct and star in another superhero film:
The Disney Channelmovie "Up, Up and Away". While Marla Gibbsplays Meteor Man's mother in this film, her " The Jeffersons" co-star and on-screen enemy Sherman Hemsleyplays Townsend's father in the Disney Channel film.
*The movie is rumored to have gone through many re-writes and changes while in production, resulting in many plot holes including the exact abilities Meteor Man has as well as sub plots involving Jeff his fears and his personal life.
*Many scenes appeared in the script and possibly could have been filmed but did not appear in the final film. These scenes include Simon asking Meteor Man to join him while they are both trying to get to the meteor, with Meteor Man saying never. A scene where Jeff,losing his powers, attempts to save a cat but can't fly. When he finally gets off the ground he catches the cat but falls. This is witnessed by Squirrel and Dre who are about to tell this information to the Golden Lords but is then stopped by Jeff. Also a scene where Jeff gets over his fear of heights and a sub plot involving Jeff's relationship with his ex Stacy is missing.
*The original ending had a more confident Jeff standing up for himself and his community and using his role as a teacher to better everyone's life. He then gets approached by Michael who tells him that an even bigger piece of the meteor that hit him was found in Arizona. The two then agree to buy plane tickets so that Jeff can get his powers back and once again become Meteor Man. This is followed by Michael trying to talk him into letting him get some power from the meteor so he can be his sidekick. It then ends with Michael throwing out names to him, such as Comet Boy, Chocolate Thunder, and the Flying Wonder.
*Robert Townsend named his characters real identity, Jefferson Reed, after one of his childhood heroes, his favorite teacher.
Robert Townsend- Jefferson Reed/The Meteor Man
Marla Gibbs- Maxine Reed
Eddie Griffin- Michael
Robert Guillaume- Ted Reed
James Earl Jones- Earnest Moses
Roy Fegan- Simon Caine
Don Cheadle- Goldilocks
Bobby McGee- Uzi
Bill Cosby- Marvin
Big Daddy Kane- Pirate
Frank Gorshin- Byers
*Sinbad - Malik
*Nancy Wilson - Principal Laws
Luther Vandross- Jamison
Another Bad Creation- Jr. Lords
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister- Digit
Jenifer Lewis- Mrs. Williams
Anthony 'Treach' Criss- Bloods
Kier Gist- Bloods
Cypress Hill- Crips
Beverly Johnson- Woman Doctor
LaWanda Page- Old Nurse
Lela Rochon- Vanessa the Pretty Nurse
Wallace Shawn- Mr. Little
John Witherspoon- Clarence James Carter III
# "It's for You" -
# "Don't Waste My Time" -
# "You Turn Me On" -
# "Who Can?"
# "Your Future Is Our Future" -
Daryl Coley& Frank McComb
# "I Say a Prayer" -
# "Is It Just Too Much" -
# "Somebody Cares for You" -
# "Good Love" -
# "Ain't Nobody Bad (Like Meteor Man)"
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