SpaceCamp (1986)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max (as Leaf Phoenix)
Barry Primus ...
Launch Director
Gardener (as T. Scott Coffey)
NASA #1 (as Daryl Roach)
Peter Scranton ...
Hollye Rebecca Suggs ...
Young Andie
Terry White ...


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 <>

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6 June 1986 (USA)  »

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Space Camp  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$9,697,739 (USA)

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The movie was partially filmed at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama home to the first Space Camp program. See more »


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 »


Rudy Tyler: Holy shit!
Jinx: "Shit". Solid waste aboard space station. Can be handled in one of two ways...
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Doesn't Quite Hit As High As It Would Have Liked.
4 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Four teenagers (Lea Thompson, Larry B. Scott, Kelly Preston and Tate Donovan) and one pre-teen (Joaquin Phoenix) get launched into outer space by a small robot in this above-average adventure movie. Kate Capshaw is along for the ride as the instructor and Tom Skerritt is solid as the one in charge of mission control when the crisis occurs. With the exception of Scott, the other four young stars have all had recognizable careers. Joaquin Phoenix, in particular, steals every scene as the youngest of the five. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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