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RocketMan (1997)

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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Cast

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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 (as William Arthur Jenkins)
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Mission Controller
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Gordon A. Peacock
Brandon Kaplan ...
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British Reporter
Don Armstrong ...
Anchorman
Pamela West ...
Nun
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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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One Man's Dream... Is NASA's Nightmare! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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10 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocket Man  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$15,448,043 (USA) (2 January 1998)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The motel interiors and some exteriors were built in the warehouse. The brick facades, were painted onto the exterior to look like bricks with shadows fixed into the artwork. The cheap-looking interior 'textured' walls actually had no texture. The surfaces were entirely flat. In fact, the art department painted shadows of texture on the walls as if lighting was always from the same directional sources. In fact, all the walls and ceiling were movable so lighting and cameras could be directed from any point deemed appropriate. If the walls had indeed been textured, the actual shadows that would have been cast would constantly change apparent direction, which would have been noticeable and distracting. See more »

Goofs

When Fred shakes hands with Bill, he is first shaking with his right hand, then his left. See more »

Quotes

William Overbeck: How'd you like to be the first guy to die on Mars.
Fred Randall: Well sorry Mr. First to Show Inappropriate Anger on Mars.
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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

Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Seeing Red (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Fred Randall
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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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