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 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
Clint Eastwood was initially just going to star in and produce the film, not direct it. After potential directors thought filming space travel would be too difficult, he decided to do it himself. See more »
The shuttle uses a standard Earth atmosphere of 71% Nitrogen and 28% Oxygen at 14.7 psi. The space suits use a pure oxygen atmosphere at about 3.5 psi to make the suits less rigid and easier to move around in. Before the astronauts can exit the shuttle in their space suits, they must spend several hours to purge the Nitrogen from their bloodstreams ("pre-breathing") as the suit pressure is gradually reduced and the oxygen content is slowly increased, otherwise the rapid pressure reduction would cause gas bubbles in their bloodstreams ("the bends"). The astronauts could not have entered and then re-exited the shuttle as quickly as shown in the film, since they skipped this vital safety step. See more »
You sent us up to this bastard, have us put it back into orbit, fully armed, just to save your own ass?
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The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow logos are static and in a grayish tone on a black background, rather than being animated and in full color. See more »
What movie with Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones. James Garner, James Cromwell, Donald Sutherland, and Marcia Gay Harden wouldn't be worth a look. This one has it all, but mostly laughs. This Clint Eastwood produced and directed movie is great simply because the cast doesn't appear to take it seriously. They are just having fun. And special effects? They are better here than other movies like Armageddon and Deep Impact.
If you like movies where people are considered outdated or replaceable and prove the experts wrong, then this is the one. I watch it and keep getting reminded about all those COBOL experts who were back making the big bucks just prior to the millennium change.
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