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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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Barry Primus ...
Brennan
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Launch Director
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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 ...
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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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They came to SpaceCamp with the dream of becoming astronauts. Suddenly...Without warning...Before they were ready...They were launched into space. See more »


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Cap sur les étoiles  »

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$9,697,739 (USA)
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Trivia

Joaquin Phoenix's feature film debut. He is credited as Leaf Phoenix. See more »

Goofs

The locations of Andy, Max and the connection cable to Andy's EMU suit change repeatedly while Max is attempting to draw Andy back into the cargo bay. In one shot, Max is banging his fist against the cargo bay doors, in a proceeding shot, he's about 10 feet away. In the following shot of Max, he is against the doors again. See more »

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Kathryn: Wait a minute!
Kevin: We don't have a minute. What's wrong?
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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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Reality Check
11 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, I was obsessed with this movie when I was a kid. Watched it at least 500 times. Had it memorized from beginning to end. I even went to the real space camp.

Now as far as kids movies go, it was decent enough, but totally and completely impossible for sooooo many reasons. I know this is going to exponentially increase my nerd factor, but I have to put it out there.

1. At the time this film was made, Space Camp was in Alabama, not Florida. There is now one in Florida also, but it didn't exist in 1986.

2. The simulators that Space Camp kids train on are nowhere as detailed or realistic as the ones they used for the movie.

3. The multi-axis trainer has no joystick on it. It is not meant to be controlled; it just spins around to familiarize trainees with spatial disorientation.

4. Most Space Camp students don't use the water tank (neutral buoyancy simulator) for training. Only very advanced camp programs use it.

5. The space shuttle main engines aren't tested on the pad, with fully loaded booster rockets right next to them. They're static tested long before ever reaching the pad (and before they're even on the shuttle itself).

6. There is no such thing as a 'thermal curtain'. The boosters are either lit via an igniter, or they're not. There isn't any ambiguity there, nor is there a chance of accidental lighting.

7. Kids would NEVER be allowed to board a fully loaded shuttle, much less during a static engine test. NEVER.

8. There are no 'short range radios' used prior to launch. The communications for the shuttle go through its main systems, and they are what they are.

9. Obviously there was no space station 'Daedalus'. Obviously. And if there were, the oxygen tanks would not be among the first parts to be constructed.

10. If there were fully loaded space suits on board, then why not use the oxygen from them to get the extra hour they needed to make the reentry window? One suit has enough for one person to last 8 hours. It would give seven people at least an hour. And there were two suits, so that's almost two extra hours per person right there. Problem solved.

11. Going to retrieve oxygen tanks from a half-built space station would be completely impossible for them without navigational support and close coordination from mission control. How did they know where it was? 12. You can't adjust the size of a spacesuit to fit a child using a belt.

13. Even if the oxygen tanks were attainable, what guarantee is there that they'll have nozzles compatible with whatever the shuttle uses? Chances are far more likely that they won't be compatible at all. But either way, why bother? Why not just bring a tank into the cabin and run some air out? For a short-term fix, that would be plenty.

So yeah, in conclusion, this is an impossible fairy tale. But entertaining, or at least it was when I was 11. :)


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