Fred Z. Randall is a geeky and obnoxious spacecraft designer, who gets the chance to make his dream come true and travel to Mars as a member of the first manned flight there.

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Fred Z. Randall is a geeky and obnoxious spacecraft designer, who gets the chance to make his dream come true and travel to Mars as a member of the first manned flight there.

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Rated PG for language, crude humor and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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$4,472,937 (USA) (10 October 1997)

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$15,448,043 (USA) (2 January 1998)
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Trivia

The motel interiors and some exteriors were built in the warehouse. The brick facades, were painted onto the exterior to look like bricks with shadows fixed into the artwork. The cheap-looking interior 'textured' walls actually had no texture. The surfaces were entirely flat. In fact, the art department painted shadows of texture on the walls as if lighting was always from the same directional sources. In fact, all the walls and ceiling were movable so lighting and cameras could be directed from any point deemed appropriate. If the walls had indeed been textured, the actual shadows that would have been cast would constantly change apparent direction, which would have been noticeable and distracting. See more »

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When Fred is boarding the Shuttle, he does so on his own, as the other two astronauts are already on board. This is incorrect as all three astronauts would board the Shuttle at the same time, as they would with a real mission. See more »

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Fred Randall: JOHN JACOB JINGLEHEIMER SCHMIDT! His name is my name too!
[whispering]
Fred Randall: whenever we go out, the people always shout,
[screaming again]
Fred Randall: JOHN JACOB JINGLEHEIMER SCHMIDT!
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After all the credits, we see the ultimate fate of the substitute flag. See more »

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Referenced in The Kid (2000) See more »

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The Martians Are Cowboys
Written and Produced by Andrew Dorfman (as Andy Dorfman)
Performed by Rob Laufer and Andrew Dorfman (as Andy Dorfman)
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'Call me mommy little billy'
9 August 2000 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

This is a great film. It's definately the funniest Disney film i've ever seen, though, while being great slapstick comedy with excellent delivery by Harland Williams, it also gets in the morals & ideals rife in Disney films. This is unique in that it's the only film i know of that i could have watched with 10 yearolds while not being ashamed, and also watch with some buds with a few beers. It's great & unique in that way Harland Williams carries this film, which is understanding as it is a vehicle for him, but the supporting cast is also excellent and the film was great for me. Since there is constant association with the ground team, you don't get the boxed in effect that you find in many travelling films, e.g. Speed, Speed 2 & the film never slows down for me. The best bits to watch for are the machine that spins Williams round & the bitchin' Mr Magoo impression.


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