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SpaceCamp (1986)

The young attendees of a space camp find themselves in space for real when their shuttle is accidentally launched into orbit.

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(screenplay) (as W.W. Wicket), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Max (as Leaf Phoenix)
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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 ...
NASA #2
Hollye Rebecca Suggs ...
Young Andie
Terry White ...
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Storyline

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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Space Camp is supposed to be a summer of training and fun. But for them it became a frightening journey into space. And a challenge to get back alive. See more »


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6 June 1986 (USA)  »

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Space Camp  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,918,072, 8 June 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,697,739
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene in which Jinx asks the NASA computer about launch possibilities (the second scene involving Jinx and the computer), as the computer monitor rapidly flashes data on the screen, a couple of hidden messages are included, but only for one or two frames each. On the display of the shuttle's main engine, the caption reads "Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) burns liquid hydrogen & liquid oxygen fuel (as if anyone didn't know that, I must say...)" The next frame features a message saying "Don't get down on the DSK thrust factor, man". And the following frame displays a message saying "Three SSME's are on the orbiter's aft end, which is driving (@27,000 Knm) me quite mental". (The messages are references to Martin Short's character "Ed Grimley", who was popular on Saturday Night Live (1975) at the time the film was being produced.) See more »

Goofs

When at Andy is trying to get more oxygen tanks from the space center, she is unable to reach the tank because her helmet is too big and it keeps hitting the metal bars. But when Max volunteers to go, he is put into an adult size astronaut suit because that is all that is there. If Andy had problems reaching it due to her helmet, then Max wouldn't have been able to reach it either. See more »

Quotes

NASA #3: This bird wasn't flight ready, Zack. They only have short range radio.
Andie: Shit!
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Connections

Featured in Flat Earth & Revelation 10: Reach the Oxygen (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Look Back
by Joseph Williams and Amy Sue Reichardt (as Amy La Television)
Off Backstreet Music/Beph Music/Unicity Music, Inc./amyzoomusic
Used by permission of Unicity Music, Inc.
Performed by Joseph Williams
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A callback to a more optimistic age
21 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Impossible? Of course it is, but 'Space Camp' is a good 'ol piece of wide-eyed, optimistic 80s feel-goodery. God, I miss it. But revisiting it turned out to be more than a mere nostalgia trip. 'Space Camp' is a well made, well acted, adventure film that deftly mixes comedy, drama and thrills.

Featuring a cast of talented and likable actors that you will recognize from better known films, top notch special effects and a rousing score by the great John Williams, 'Space Camp' is the type of film that today's kids need to see. Its message? Work hard, dream big and reach for the stars. It's a lesson they're not getting from our popular culture today, and it's one they desperately need to hear.


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