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SpaceCamp (1986)

 -  Adventure | Family | Sci-Fi  -  6 June 1986 (USA)
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The young attendees of a space camp find themselves in space for real when their shuttle is accidently launched into orbit.

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Max (as Leaf Phoenix)
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Brennan
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Banning
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Gardener (as T. Scott Coffey)
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NASA #1 (as Daryl Roach)
Peter Scranton ...
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Hollye Rebecca Suggs ...
Young Andie
Terry White ...
NASA #3
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American kids go to a space camp during the summer holidays. They learn how to operate the Space Shuttle. A team consisting of a guy who just entered to meet girls, a wanna be astronaut and an instructor who wanted to go on a mission instead of teaching can sit in the Shuttle while testing the engines. Then they're launched by mistake ... Written by Ivo Kroone <ab2693@triton.heao.hsa.nl>

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$9,697,739 (USA)
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What was supposed to be a somewhat light hearted action/adventure movie turned into a marketing nightmare. SpaceCamp was scheduled to be released in early 1986 but on 28 January the real-life shuttle Challenger exploded 74 seconds after liftoff, claiming the lives of seven American astronauts. After the Challenger disaster, the release was pushed back months. When it was finally sent to theaters, it grossed less than $10 million in the U.S. Eerily, the malfunction simulated in the film involved the solid rocket booster and was similar to the actual cause of the Challenger accident. See more »

Goofs

During liftoff, Andie tells Kevin "You've gotta drop the solid boosters - they're on your side." She tells him that the controls are on panel C3, which is correct, but panel C3 is directly between the pilot and commander seats, and the SRB separation controls can be easily reached by either crew member. Also, during launch, according to NASA and other shuttle astronauts, the PLT and CDR don't touch anything during launch. The separation of the SRB's is done by onboard computer. The only indication of SRB performance is a light that tells the crew the SRB's are about to separate. No buttons are pushed. See more »

Quotes

[Kevin is showing Max how the shuttle toilet works. It involves a vacuum hose]
Max: I ain't getting in that.
Kevin: No, Max, come on. I mean, it's not like you're using it for much else anyway, right?
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So Far Away
by Mark Knopfler
Chariscourt Ltd. adm. by Almo Music Corp. in USA and Canada
Performed by Dire Straits
Courtesy of Phonogram Ltd./Warner Bros.
Records by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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So-so 80s kid flick
28 April 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Why does every 70s and 80s film about space try and crowbar in either a cute robot, a cute chimp or a young child? When I was little I always hated these intrusions on the proper action, and found 'Wesley Crusher' characters that I was supposed to relate to just intensely irritating. The 'cute' robot in this film is annoying, and is so unrealistic that you wonder whether he was tagged onto the script at the last minute by some executive worried about selling the picture to 'family' (i.e. 'braindead') audiences.

Incidentally, don't be fooled by the setting, this is a 1980s 'isn't it hard being young, rich and middle class in a developed nation?' film featuring ambition, whining and cliches.

One interesting thing to note is that the fault in the shuttle that causes the launch in SpaceCamp is rather unfortunately a problem in one of the solid fuel boosters, the same location of the fault that caused the Challenger disaster.

The film implies in a moment of Strangelove-style propaganda that the booster fault has a one-in-a-million chance of actually happening, but the truth of the matter is that space travel is a very risky business. Were civil airliners to have the same failure rate as spacecraft there'd be several jumbo crashes a day. There was none of that risk brought across in SpaceCamp, where the only criteria for success in space are how much above average you were your exams and how you cope with the emotional turmoil of making a mistake.

If you like kids-as-adults films of the Disney Family Movie saccharin variety, then this is for you.


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