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
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Mission Controller (as William Arthur Jenkins)
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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. Written by Anonymous

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


Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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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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Did You Know?


The filmmakers spent nine weeks at the Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas, shooting at the famous Rocket Park (the gargantuan Building 9 that houses all of the spacecraft mock-ups for the ongoing shuttle missions) and Building 32, which houses the world's largest thermal vacuum chamber and simulates all conditions of outer space (except zero gravity). See more »


It takes radio signals almost 20 minutes to reach Mars, yet instantaneous communication happens throughout the film. However, this is clearly intentional because a forty-minute time delay for each response during every conversation the crew has with Houston would only serve to make the film much, much, much longer and far more drawn out. See more »


William Overbeck: Well it's a very special drink. It's just for us astronauts.
Fred Randall: Oh! Like Tang?
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Crazy Credits

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


The Martians Are Cowboys
Written and Produced by Andrew Dorfman (as Andy Dorfman)
Performed by Rob Laufer and Andrew Dorfman (as Andy Dorfman)
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'Call me mommy little billy'
9 August 2000 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

This is a great film. It's definately the funniest Disney film i've ever seen, though, while being great slapstick comedy with excellent delivery by Harland Williams, it also gets in the morals & ideals rife in Disney films. This is unique in that it's the only film i know of that i could have watched with 10 yearolds while not being ashamed, and also watch with some buds with a few beers. It's great & unique in that way Harland Williams carries this film, which is understanding as it is a vehicle for him, but the supporting cast is also excellent and the film was great for me. Since there is constant association with the ground team, you don't get the boxed in effect that you find in many travelling films, e.g. Speed, Speed 2 & the film never slows down for me. The best bits to watch for are the machine that spins Williams round & the bitchin' Mr Magoo impression.

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