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Space Cowboys (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  4 August 2000 (USA)
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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 Colvin, 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 Sullica, 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

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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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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ESP 402,640,982 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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The night scenes where Tommy Lee Jones and Marcia Gay Harden are alone together was filmed in the University of Houston - Downtown campus satellite parking lot; permission from the university was needed to film the night scenes. Clint Eastwood met with UHD president Dr. Maximillian Castillo in person in late 1998 before filming began. See more »


It takes considerably more delta-vee to soft-land on the moon from earth orbit than it takes to escape earth entirely and enter solar orbit. This could have been done by simply firing the rockets in a horizontal orientation and in the orbital plane. No piloting would be required after this point. See more »


Col. William 'Hawk' Hawkins: What are you doing here?
Frank Corvin: Keeping a promise I made years ago.
Col. William 'Hawk' Hawkins: Was that the promise you made to kill me or the promise you made to have both my legs broke?
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References Jonny Quest (1964) See more »


Written by Neil Young
Performed by Brad Mehldau
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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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