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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Ford
'Wild Bill' Overbeck
Paul Wick
Bud Nesbitt
Gary Hackman
Flight Surgeon
Mission Controller (as William Arthur Jenkins)
Mission Controller
Gordon A. Peacock
Brandon Kaplan ...
British Reporter
Don Armstrong ...
Pamela West ...


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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Release Date:

10 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocket Man  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The building and lobby shown as NASA Headquarters was actually the Sugar Land, TX, offices of Fluor, a major engineering and construction company. See more »


When Fred Randall and Gordon Peacock are in the isolation chambers, Fred's singing and talking can be heard in Gordon's chamber and there is light in the chambers. Isolation chambers have no windows or light and are insulated so no sound is audible. See more »


Fred Randall: Mom, going to Mars shouldn't be referred to running away.
Mrs. Randall: Last time you ran away it was only to the garage.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Pinocchio (1940) See more »


He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
Performed by Fred Randall
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Funny! PERIOD.
22 August 1999 | by (Homewood, IL) – 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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