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Space Cowboys (2000)

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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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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)

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

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$90,454,043 (USA) (12 January 2001)
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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 »

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When the guys are discussing the problem of bringing the damaged shuttle back they list lots of problems. When Clint Eastwood says he'll bring it back in he's told all the problems plus "you'll have to do it dead stick." Dead stick means no engines running so this shouldn't be a problem since all shuttle landings are dead stick. See more »

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[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!
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Jerry O'Neill: Here we go again...
Tank Sullivan: I've got ten on Frank!
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STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
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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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