RocketMan (1997)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi  |  10 October 1997 (USA)
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Fred Z. Randall is 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 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. Written by Anonymous

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One Man's Dream... Is NASA's Nightmare! See more »


Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

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Did You Know?


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 »


When Randall asks how fast does it go. Someone says 6Gs. Later, the knob goes past 6Gs. See more »


Fred Randall: Commander, can I call you Bill?
William Overbeck: No.
Fred Randall: Are we there yet?
William Overbeck: No.
Fred Randall: Can I drive?
William Overbeck: No!
Fred Randall: I'm hungry!
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Crazy Credits

Thanks is given to the "McDonald Douglas" aerospace corporation. The actual name of the company is "McDonnell Douglas". See more »


References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


Rocket Man
Music by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Lyrics by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
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It's so bad... it's good.
6 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I came across this movie while TV surfing, and kept trying to move on but I couldn't.

It is wonderful how awful it is!

It is definitely one of the silliest movies I have ever seen, silly to the point of stupidity, and I can't remember when I have enjoyed myself more.

While I kept telling myself I was too old (and refined) to be as amused as I was, I couldn't stop laughing.

If you can sit through it without giggling, someone should check you for a pulse!

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