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Space Cowboys (2000)

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When a retired engineer is called upon to rescue a failing satellite, he insists that his equally old teammates accompany him into space.


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When a Russian satellite orbiting the Earth starts to veer off course. It seems like the guidance system in the satellite is of American origin. It's important to try and fix it before it comes into the atmosphere. The NASA man, Bob Gerson tries to find out who designed it and discovers that it was designed by Frank Corvin, an Air Force pilot who 40 years ago was part of the team who was originally suppose to go to space but when NASA was formed and Gerson's influence they were dropped. Gerson asks Frank to help but Frank still holds a grudge. But after some prodding he agrees but only if he and his team can go there so he can fix it. Gerson reluctantly agrees so Frank recruits his former team members, Tank Sullivan, Jerry O'Neill and Hawk Hawkins to join him. After some strenuous tests, they're cleared. And they go up with two other astronauts and check out the satellite and discover that they weren't told the whole truth. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jinetes del espacio  »

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Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,093,776 (USA) (4 August 2000)


$90,454,043 (USA) (12 January 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The modeling department put a Space Mr. Coffee in the cargo bay of the shuttle. This was the idea of chief model-maker Adam Savage, now co-host of MythBusters (2003) on the Discovery Channel. See more »


During the landing simulations, you can hear jet engines shutting down after the touchdown, but the shuttle doesn't have any engines - jet or otherwise - during landing. It's not the sound of jet engines - it's the hydraulic motors moving the simulator. See more »


Col. William 'Hawk' Hawkins: What is a pancreas, anyhow? I mean, I don't know what the damn thing does for you, besides give you cancer.
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow logos are static and in a grayish tone on a black background, rather than being animated and in full color. See more »


Written by Charles Axton, Chips Moman, Floyd Newman, Gilbert Caple and Jerry Lee 'Smoochy' Smith
Performed by Larry Goldings, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley
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Fun - Fun - Fun
17 September 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

As always. The people putting in the post here are looking for too much in this movie. This was a fun old geezer movie. So what if it reeked of Armageddon. Client Eastwood going around collecting men to help him save the world. Just like Bruce Willis did. So what if a lot of the "Scientific Facts" did not mess out correctly. Who cares. This was a funny and entertaining movie. I laughed in all of the right places. Just pure entertainment. Nothing to take all serious. Get over it!!!!! If you wanted something serious - read a book.

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