|Writers||Joe O'Byrne (written by)
|Cast||Brenda Fricker Alfred Molina Mike Myers John Kavanagh Dervla Kirwan Ian Costello Natasha Corcoran Gavin Dowdall Fiona Glascott Mariosa de Faoite Kieran Aherne Barbara Bergin Alan Cooke Donncha Crowley Jill Doyle Steven Lynch Ray McBride Jamie McCormack Pat McGrath Brian 'Joker' Mulvey|
|Awards||1999 Berlin International Film Festival|
|Plot||Micky is a tough, loudmouth but lovable 12 year old who lives with his younger brother and sister at his grandmother's house. One day, a meteorite lands in his backyard and the kids believe that it was sent down to them by their dead parents (who they believe live up in the stars). The government ships away the rock and sends it to the local university. In the children's efforts to retrieve the meteor they believe is theirs, they meet a dorky scientist who finds a place in his heart for the kids. Meanwhile, Micky's parent's best friend, a drug addict (who had promised the parents to take care of the kids) owes drug dealers money and eventually has to hide out after barely escaping a hit.... see Pete's Meteor on IMDb|
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|Between his first two Austin Powers comedies, Mike Myers changed pace for 54 and Pete's Meteor, a little-seen Irish drama with a hard edge and a soft heart. Myers is earnestly cast here as Pete, the errant friend of a Dublin family torn by loss and uplifted by the landing of a meteorite in their tiny back yard. Orphaned 12-year-old Mickey (well played by Ian Costello) sees the meteorite as a heavenly message from his dead parents, and is determined to retrieve it from the nerdy astronomer (Alfred Molina) who removed it for study. This grief-laden drama provides a tortured and touching role for Brenda Fricker as the boy's alcoholic grandmother, while Myers (slightly uneasy with his Irish accent) gets into trouble with the Irish mob. Writer-director Joe O'Byrne awkwardly combines elements of The Butcher Boy and Into the West, but this blend of tragedy and pathos is blessed by sensitive performances and the hopeful resilience of children. --Jeff Shannon|
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