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

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4 August 2000 (USA)  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,093,776, 6 August 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$90,464,773

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$128,884,132
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The scenes out in space are entirely computer graphics; the actors' faces were added in digitally. See more »

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Sarah is present before and during the shuttle launch, moments later she appears at mission control. The shuttle launch site for NASA is in Florida and only controls through initial launch. Mission control is in Houston, which is over 800 miles away. See more »

Quotes

[challenging Frank to fight]
Col. William 'Hawk' Hawkins: Okay, bad guy, we're taking this outside! I want to whip your asymmetrical sagging ass! Get out there in that parking lot!
[Frank and Hawk step outside]
Jerry O'Neill: Here we go again...
Tank Sullivan: I've got ten on Frank!
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Espacio
Written by Clint Eastwood
Performed by Mitch Holder
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Actors Take Center Stage
13 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

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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