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RocketMan (1997)

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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
Ben Stevens
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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


He's just taking up space! See more »

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:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


To prepare for their roles as astronauts, the three stars attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, riding in simulators and participating in other activities. See more »


When the team says they've landed, NASA crew claps and the screen shows they are midway from landing into Mars. Next shot, it shows they've successfully landed. See more »


Fred Randall: They say that when a mother's child is trapped the rush of her adrenaline gives her the strength of 20 men. Alright Commander call me Mommy!
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Crazy Credits

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


Spoofs The Right Stuff (1983) See more »


He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
Performed by Fred Randall
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A true testament to what you can do with a low-budget
21 May 2003 | by (Framingham, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

It's low-budget, but superbly written and perfectly acted by Harland Willams. From the way he cocks his head at random points, to the greatest impersonations ever, "Commander, are you sure we're heading for Earth it looks an awful lot like the sun..." "Ah, Magoo, You've, Done it again Sir!" and some really great lines "Why don't you just say 'thanks for the cool coin, Bud. It really means a lot to me.'" "Oh sure, thanks for the cool coin Bud it really means- what was the rest?" "Now the French! Pour do, ze de Chanele Number 5!"

This is probably one of, if not the, most overlooked movies of all time. About a thousand times more laughs than recent comedies (Goldmember, Master of Disguise, Mr. Deeds.)

The only real problem was the trailors, which included little funny aside from the (ONE, mind you) fart joke. This made it seem kiddy, but was necessary to not spoil the funny.

Ignore this IMDB rating, and go see this, dare I say? Masterpiece film.

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