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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 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)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


NASA offered their "vomit comet" plane that can create weightlessness, for filming (it was previously used in Apollo 13 (1995) for the weightless scenes). Clint Eastwood turned down the offer for fear that the older actors would be made too sick to film. See more »


The shuttle's port wing markings change from "United States" during reentry to the NASA "meatball" logo on landing. See more »


Tank Sullivan: I'm going to go to my room now and cry.
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There are no opening credits after the title is shown. See more »


References Jonny Quest (1986) See more »


Written by J.C. Chasez of *NSYNC, Alex Greggs and Bradley Daymond
Performed by *NSYNC featuring Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes
(Played while Team Daedalus is walking into NASA)
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A nice little movie, not too outrageous and the expert acting makes it enjoyable
10 April 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

We own this movie in our home collection and we haven't watched it in a while. Saw it again tonight on TV, and realized that it is still a good movie.

Clint Eastwood produces and directs this movie, and draws some "experienced" actors to help him fill the lead roles. They manage to extol the trials and tribulations of the senior years, while still capturing the exuberance of youth from the past.

the story leads a mildly predictable pattern, but in this case it is not the end of the story that is primarily important, but instead how they get there. Also, all 4 lead actors all come off as really having a good time in the movie, it feels like they really enjoyed making this one and it comes out on the screen in the performances.

The pace is even and smooth, again demonstrating Clint Eastwood's legacy of directing and acting in watchable, enjoyable movies, no matter what the gender.

I should also mention that the special effects and the space sequences are stunning and much better done than most other movies in near-earth space. That would be the industrial Light and Magic team doing it again.

Overall, enjoyable.

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