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Release Date:
6 June 1986 (USA) See more »
An impossible mistake put them into space. The adventure of their lives will be getting back home. See more »
The young attendees of a space camp find themselves in space for real when their shuttle is accidently launched into orbit. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kate Capshaw ... Andie Bergstrom

Lea Thompson ... Kathryn Fairly

Kelly Preston ... Tish Ambrosei

Larry B. Scott ... Rudy Tyler

Joaquin Phoenix ... Max (as Leaf Phoenix)

Tate Donovan ... Kevin Donaldson

Tom Skerritt ... Cmdr. Zach Bergstrom (Andie's husband)
Barry Primus ... Brennan

Terry O'Quinn ... Launch Director

Mitchell Anderson ... Banning

Scott Coffey ... Gardener (as T. Scott Coffey)

Daryl Keith Roach ... NASA #1 (as Daryl Roach)
Peter Scranton ... NASA #2
Hollye Rebecca Suggs ... Young Andie
Terry White ... NASA #3
Susan Becton ... Senior counselor
D. Ben Casey ... Rudy's father
Kathy Hanson ... Girl
Ron Harris ... Tom the technician
Scott Holcomb ... Hideo Takamini (Guy Registering in Space Camp)

Kevin Gage ... Counselor #2
Saundra McGuire ... Rudy's mother
Bill Phillips ... Kathryn's father
Jon Steigman ... Bully in dorm
Adrian Wells ... Rudy's brother

Frank Welker ... Special vocal effects (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rocky Krakoff ... Boy on rooftop (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry Winer 
Writing credits
Clifford Green (screenplay) (as W.W. Wicket) and
Casey T. Mitchell (screenplay)

Patrick Bailey (story) and
Larry B. Williams (story)

Produced by
Patrick Bailey .... producer
Walter Coblenz .... producer
Leonard Goldberg .... executive producer
David Salven .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tim Board 
John W. Wheeler 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald  (as Richard MacDonald)
Art Direction by
Leon Harris 
Richard Lawrence  (as Richard James Lawrence)
Set Decoration by
Richard C. Goddard 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
Makeup Department
Janice Alexander .... hair stylist
Katalin Elek .... makeup artist
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist (as Zoltan)
Production Management
Wendy Bailey .... production supervisor
Herb Jellinek .... executive in charge of production
David McCann .... post-production supervisor
David Salven .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Simons .... first assistant director
Tena Psyche Yatroussis .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ronnie Chambers .... lead man
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator
Tom Miller .... assistant property master
Leonard Monfredo .... head painter
Tony Paolone .... stand-by painter
John Schacht .... lead man (as John A. Schacht)
Sal Sommatino .... property master
Sound Department
Ed Bannon .... special sound effects
Beth Bergeron .... adr supervisor
Steve Bowerman .... boom operator
Robert Bradshaw .... sound editor
Dominick De Stefano .... cable person
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Glover .... special sound effects
David W. Gray .... stereo consultant: Dolby
Cliff Latimer .... adr editor
John Leveque .... supervising sound editor
David MacMillan .... production sound mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Chuck Neely .... sound editor
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Rice .... adr editor
Jeffrey L. Sandler .... sound editor
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley supervisor (as Solange)
David Spence .... sound editor
Becky Sullivan .... adr assistant
Shawn Sykora .... assistant sound editor
Sherman Waze .... sound editor
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor
Karen G. Wilson .... sound editor
Richard E. Yawn .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects coordinator
Andrew Miller .... special effects (uncredited)
John Palmer .... special effects: WonderWorks (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Tom Anderson .... blue screen camera
Kathleen Beeler .... graphics technician
Jeff Burks .... animation supervisor
Nina Chierichetti .... graphics technician
Joe Day .... key optical effects crew
Nancy Evans .... graphics technician
Charles L. Finance .... visual effects coordinator
Joseph Franke .... key optical effects crew
Jammie Friday .... graphics technician
Rocky Gehr .... key optical effects crew
Robert Habros .... graphics technician (as Bob Habros)
Ian Jenkins .... graphics technician
Robert L. Johnston .... key optical effects crew
Kevin Koneval .... optical camera
Candace Lewis .... graphics technician
Michael Lloyd .... matte painting artist (as Mike Lloyd)
Richard Malzahn .... graphics supervisor
Peter Montgomery .... graphics technician
Barry Nolan .... supervisor special visual effects
Karl Nygren .... key optical effects crew
Dick Ramirez .... optical camera
Pierre Rouger .... motion control
Bob Rundell .... optical camera
Robert Scifo .... matte painting artist (as Bob Scifo)
Jethro Singer .... graphics technician
Doyle Smiley .... key optical effects crew
Mark Stetson .... key optical effects crew
Eric Swenson .... motion control
Ed Thompson .... graphics technician
Randy Weeks .... graphics technician
David S. Williams Jr. .... optical photography supervisor (as David Williams)
Dick Wood .... key optical effects crew
Christopher Nibley .... visual effects director of photography (uncredited)
Donna Keegan .... stunt coordinator
Donna Keegan .... stunts
Dianne L. Wilson .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerald H. Boatright .... gaffer (as Gerald Boatright)
Rick Borchardt .... key grip
Damen Braxton .... best boy grip (as D. Braxton)
Jerry G. Callaway .... camera operator: second unit
Billy Clevenger .... second assistant camera (as Bill Clevenger)
Jack Cooperman .... director of photography: second unit
David E. Diano .... camera operator
William A. Fraker Jr. .... second assistant camera (as William Fraker IV)
James Globus .... still photographer (as Jim Globus)
Robert C. Jessup .... director of photography: second unit
David M. Lang .... first assistant camera: second unit (as David Lang)
Ron Phillips .... still photographer
Clyde Smith .... dolly grip
Richard Turner .... first assistant camera
Clay H. Wilson .... grip
Julian Wilson .... second assistant camera: second unit
Don Yamasaki .... best boy (as Donald Yamasaki)
Wayne Baker .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
John 'D.J.' Des Jardin .... computer animation and displays
Rhonda C. Gunner .... computer animation and displays (as Rhonda Gunner)
Richard E. Hollander .... computer animation and displays (as Richard Hollander)
Pete Martinez .... computer animation and displays
Gregory L. McMurry .... computer animation and displays
Monte Swann .... computer animation and displays
John C. Wash .... computer animation and displays
Casting Department
Mary Gaffney .... extras casting: Alabama
Barbara Harris .... adr casting
Pat McCorkle .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Bronson .... costumer
Nancy McArdle .... costume supervisor
John S. Perry .... costume department head
Editorial Department
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Pat Magee .... assistant film editor
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Scot Scalise .... apprentice film editor
Music Department
Armin Steiner .... music recordist
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joe Berman .... transportation coordinator
Andy Straub .... transportation captain (as Andy R. Straub)
Other crew
Ed Buckbee .... technical advisor
Judy A. Carbino .... administrator
Joel Cohen .... special consultant
Chuck Comisky .... technical advisor
Jerry Cormier .... administrator
Rick Edelstein .... administrator (as Richard Edelstein)
Alan K.M. Faucher .... shuttle maintenance
Penelope Gottlieb .... title designer
Robert Harman .... flying wire consultant
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Richard Heckman .... technical advisor
Charles Hosang .... administrator
Billie Beasley Jenkins .... assistant: Mr. Goldberg
Leo Krupp .... technical advisor
Toni St. Clair Lilly .... assistant: Mr. Winer
Richard Mirisch .... production assistant
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor
Yvonne Ramond .... assistant: Mr. Coblenz
Myra Rosenthal .... teacher
Julie Samuels .... production assistant
Lee Sentell .... technical advisor
Nanette Siegert .... production coordinator
Victoria Singleton .... assistant: Mr. Bailey
Leonard S. Smith Jr. .... production executive
Reggie Smith .... assistant: flying wire consultant
John Taylor .... technical advisor
Michael Van der Veer .... administrator (as Michael Van Der Veer)
Val Van der Veer .... administrator (as Val Van Der Veer)
Terry White .... technical advisor
Carol Davies .... continuity coordinator (uncredited)
Taylor Jernigan .... technical advisor (uncredited)
June Jordan .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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107 min
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Did You Know?

The footage of the Space Shuttle Orbiter landing is from Challenger touching down at the conclusion of STS-8. This was the first night landing of the Space Shuttle program.See more »
Continuity: While viewing the shuttle on the pad, the antenna on the jeep is up and loose in the frontal shots but tied down from the rear shot.See more »
Andie:So what brings you to space camp?
Tish:Well I did this audit at GPL on Radio Astronomy; it was unbelieveable! I mean can you imagine an extra terrestrial disc jockey? I mean like listening to radio waves from space? I mean like waiting for signs of intelligence?
Andie:...Like I know the feeling.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Reality Check, 11 December 2008
Author: tpaladino from United States

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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