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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Julie Ford
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'Wild Bill' Overbeck
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Paul Wick
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Bud Nesbitt
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Gary Hackman
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Flight Surgeon
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Mission Controller
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Gordon A. Peacock
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British Reporter
Don Armstrong ...
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Pamela West ...
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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:

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

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

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 »

Goofs

During the launch sequence, after the Solid Rocket Boosters separate, there is a shot of the first stage of a Saturn V falling away taken from the second stage. This is a completely different rocket. See more »

Quotes

Paul Wick: Bud, your hunches are about as useless as dental floss at a Willie Nelson concert.
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs The Right Stuff (1983) See more »

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If I Were King of the Forest
Written By Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
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A great Disney movie, ranks up there with "What About Bob"
1 March 1999 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This movie is incredibly funny. I base a good comedy on how many times it makes you laugh - this movie made me laugh so hard I cried at least 3 times. It throws tons of jokes at you - Harland Williams is great as the computer specialist who gets his dream job of becoming an astronaut -- "what I'll do now is use what we like to call 'The right way" to show you how it's done." There was only one moment where one joke goes on a few seconds too long ("whole world in his hands" bit) - but other than that it a very inventive comedy that will make adults laugh just as much as the kids, maybe more. A surprise gem - one of the funniest flicks I've seen - give it a shot. 9 out of 10.


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