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RocketMan (1997)

Fred Z. Randall is a geeky and obnoxious spacecraft designer who gets the chance to make his dream come true and travel to Mars as a member of the first manned flight there.

Director:

Stuart Gillard

Writers:

Oren Aviv (story), Craig Mazin (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harland Williams ... Fred Z. Randall
Jessica Lundy ... Julie Ford
William Sadler ... 'Wild Bill' Overbeck
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Paul Wick
James Pickens Jr. ... Ben Stevens
Beau Bridges ... Bud Nesbitt
Peter Onorati ... Gary Hackman
Don Lake ... Flight Surgeon
Bill Jenkins ... Mission Controller (as William Arthur Jenkins)
Ken Farmer ... Mission Controller
Blake Boyd ... Gordon A. Peacock
Brandon Kaplan Brandon Kaplan ... Young Fred
Paxton Whitehead ... British Reporter
Don Armstrong Don Armstrong ... Anchorman
Pamela West Pamela West ... Nun
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Fred Z. Randall is a geeky and obnoxious spacecraft designer who gets the chance to make his dream come true and travel to Mars as a member of the first manned flight there. Written by O2D

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He's just taking up space! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, crude humor and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocket Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Sugar Land, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,472,937, 12 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,448,043, 4 January 1998
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Randall is singing "He's got the whole world in his hands" on the world broadcast, he starts faking singing in foreign languages. Ironically, he actually says in French: "Je suis le papillon sur la table", which translates to "I am the butterfly on the table". See more »

Goofs

When the astronauts first step on Mars, they are in full daylight, but the sky is dark and stars are shining like on the Moon. This happens on the Moon because there is no atmosphere. Mars has an atmosphere and the daytime sky is reddish. See more »

Quotes

Paul Wick: Reconsider the mission? Sure...
[pretends to think]
Paul Wick: Okay, it's still on.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks is given to the "McDonald Douglas" aerospace corporation. The actual name of the company is "McDonnell Douglas". See more »

Alternate Versions

To get the PG rating in the UK 42 seconds were cut to remove a scene in which a child climbs into a washing machine and goes for a spin within it. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Royal Wedding (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Harland Williams
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'Call me mommy little billy'
9 August 2000 | by SmileyGreg17See all my reviews

This is a great film. It's definately the funniest Disney film i've ever seen, though, while being great slapstick comedy with excellent delivery by Harland Williams, it also gets in the morals & ideals rife in Disney films. This is unique in that it's the only film i know of that i could have watched with 10 yearolds while not being ashamed, and also watch with some buds with a few beers. It's great & unique in that way Harland Williams carries this film, which is understanding as it is a vehicle for him, but the supporting cast is also excellent and the film was great for me. Since there is constant association with the ground team, you don't get the boxed in effect that you find in many travelling films, e.g. Speed, Speed 2 & the film never slows down for me. The best bits to watch for are the machine that spins Williams round & the bitchin' Mr Magoo impression.


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