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Rocket's Red Glare (2000)

TV Movie  |  Family  |  27 August 2000 (USA)
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A troubled 17-year-old Todd Baker restores a Mercury Redstone rocket as a science project with the help of his ex-astronaut grandfather. When a NASA emergency leaves a space shuttle and its... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gus Baker
Meg Baker
Todd Baker
Wyatt Claybourne
Mr. Lake
Bill Timoney ...
Pete Baker
Frederick Coffin ...
Mitch Greer (as Fred Coffin)
Duane Lamb ...
Jen Karsten
Brandon Tyler ...
Vic Henry
Cory Pendergast ...
Jason Jones
Colonel Vincenze
Colonel Mitchell
Alan Bean ...


A troubled 17-year-old Todd Baker restores a Mercury Redstone rocket as a science project with the help of his ex-astronaut grandfather. When a NASA emergency leaves a space shuttle and its crew in danger, Todd's rocket is the only one ready for immediate launch. Written by Chris Bremble <>

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He built a rocket to honor his father, he never counted on becoming a hero.







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I hope NASA's really not in this bad of shape
28 February 2001 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

Let's just say that cable channels designed specifically for "kids" or "family" obviously don't have the first clue as to what either want. Case in point the Fox Family Network and their film, "Rocket's Red Glare." I guess that to whoever it mattered that a story about a boy traveling to space to save astronaunts sounded like a great idea.

But did anyone happen to read the script before they shot it? I'm 16, the target age for this network, and this film was SO VERY DUMB! It insults the intelligence of everyone - including my ten-year old sister. At the crucial point in the film, when the boy hands the astronauts something to save the day, the lead kid, played by Ryan Merrimen, opens the hatch of the capsule; my sister, all of 10, says, "you can't open those hatches in space - it'll never close and the kid will burn up during re-entry!"

She's 10 and she new more than the writer and director.

Anyway, this was pathetic. Not only dumb, but also the acting was bad. Not very good anyway you cut it.

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