As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the ... See full summary »
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
"Negative Return" means that the Shuttle is beyond the point of being able to return to to the Kennedy Space Center and the Shuttle Landing Facility.
"Two Engines TAL" means that the Orbiter can reach the primary emergency Trans-Atlantic Landing (TAL) site in Merona, Spain even if one of its three Main Engines fails.
"Press to ATO" means that if one engine fails, the crew will make every effort to Abort-To-Orbit instead of landing at the secondary emergency landing site in Zaragoza, Spain. After ATO, it may still be possible to perform the mission as planned if the orbit is close enough to nominal. See more »
The Public Affairs Office counts down the seconds to launch and says; "3, 2, 1, zero. Ignition!" and then pauses whilst we see the Shuttle's main engines building up thrust, then the Solid Rocket Boosters fire and the stack lifts off. In fact liftoff actually occurs at the zero mark. The main engines ignite a few seconds before zero so that they are at full thrust when the SRBs ignite at T-0 for liftoff. See more »
This was a pretty enjoyable tale of "The Ripe Stuff," four old geezers going up into space to help save a project they had a hand in years ago. It's pretty long at 130 minutes but the four diverse characters help keep your interest. Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner are quite a foursome. Add Marcia Gay Harden to the mix, along with Loren Dean, Courtney Vance and James Cromwell and you have a fabulous cast.
This is a drama but one in which there is a fair amount of comedy and some romance. There are some Hollywood clichés (a suspect boss, arguing pals going back-and-forth all the time, a weak minister, etc.) but they aren't as blatant as usual.
The storytelling is pretty good but the real show here is not the story but that group of veteran actors. One joke was overplayed: Sutherland and the size of genitals. Not real classy stuff but, overall, the movie is fine. Definitely a rental, at the least.
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