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RocketMan (1997)

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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Ben Stevens
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Flight Surgeon
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Mission Controller (as William Arthur Jenkins)
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Mission Controller
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Gordon A. Peacock
Brandon Kaplan ...
Young Fred
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British Reporter
Don Armstrong ...
Anchorman
Pamela West ...
Nun
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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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He's just taking up space! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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

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10 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Rocket Man  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,472,937, 12 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,448,043, 4 January 1998
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Trivia

To get the PG rating in the UK, 42 seconds were cut to remove a scene. In this scene, Young Fred Z. Randall (Brandon Kaplan), enthralled by all things astronaut and space, climbs into his home washing machine and goes for a 'spin' inside it, all the while pretending that he's in a space capsule or astronaut trainer, preparing himself for the rigors of space such as motion sickness, so that he may one day be better prepared to apply for his dream job... to be a true NASA astronaut! (PS: Don't try this 'training' method at home.) See more »

Goofs

In the scene in which the crew first goes into space and everything is weightless, Fred Randall turns his head to the right, thus knocking his ear-microphone loose, and it falls straight to the ground. See more »

Quotes

Fred Randall: Hey! There's no airbag. What if I go flying through the windshield?
William Overbeck: Randall, there is no windshield.
Fred Randall: Oh. Well, what if I go flying through the front of my helmet?
William Overbeck: I'd die happy.
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Crazy Credits

After all the credits, we see the ultimate fate of the substitute flag. See more »

Connections

References Poltergeist (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Rocket Man
(1972)
Music by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Lyrics by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
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Funny! PERIOD.
22 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

I pride myself in having good taste in movies. Among my favorites are Raging Bull, On The Waterfront, The English Patient, etc. Normally I hate movies like this. Austin Powers 2 was so bad I wanted to leave. But this movie just makes me laugh.....hard. Sure it has your stereotypical Disney stuff that gets laughs from the little ones, but there are so many clever lines for adults that it really surprised me the first time I saw it. Harland Williams was perfectly cast, I don't think anyone else would have been good as Fred Z. Randall. If you are in for a stupid movie that will make you laugh see RocketMan.


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