A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
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
NASA trainer Yvonne Cagle helped teach the actors how to use all the training equipment. He recalled, "I learned a thing or two from them. They came prepared." See more »
The space shuttle Daedalus' fuselage markings are inconsistent, both within the film and with the real-life shuttle fleet. The wing markings (NASA "meatball" logo on the left wing, American flag and orbiter name on right wing) match the fleet beginning in 1998, but in some shots the NASA "worm" logotype is shown on the aft end of the payload bay doors, where it appeared prior to 1998 but was removed from the four flight vehicles when their markings were changed. (The "worm" and "meatball" logos never appeared on an orbiter at the same time.) The "meatball" logo should appear aft of the "United States" text on the lower aft fuselage; it appears there in some shots, but not others. See more »
While much of the film is predictable (except for a couple of surprises) and and almost certainly implausible, the movie was enjoyable because of the camradarie between the characters and the theme of redemption. How often does someone get a second chance and then also make good on it? The sets and special effects were very convincing and Eastwood seems to be good at both the artistic and technical aspects of directing. There's great chemistry between the stars as well. All in all, a very enjoyable movie, 8/10.
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