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

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

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

When Randall is singing "He's got the whole world in his hands", on the world broadcast and starts faking singing in foreign languages, he says in French: "Je suis le papillon sur la table", which translates to "I am the butterfly on the table". See more »

Goofs

When the Mars Shuttle is on the launchpad, it is obviously a model shuttle redesigned for the movie, with the name "Aries". When the shuttle launches it is clearly the real space shuttle, and in one scene during the launch you can see the name "Endeavour". See more »

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Paul Wick: He's a computer genius, he's supposed to be a little weird.
Julie Ford: A little?
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Thanks is given to the "McDonald Douglas" aerospace corporation. The actual name of the company is "McDonnell Douglas". See more »

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References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

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Very funny
17 February 2000 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This movie was very funny. A lot of the humor was very spontaneous and original. I love how he gets everyone to sing "He's got the whole world in his hands" and how he passes the time in the isolation chamber by conducting his own puppet show. Leonard Maltin definitely missed the boat by giving this film a bomb rating; considering that he called this film and Judd Nelson's "From the Hip" a bomb while giving two stars to "Senior Trip", Maltin has given me sufficient reason to take his reviews with a grain of salt.


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