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RocketMan (1997)

Fred Z. Randall is a geeky spacecraft designer who gets the chance to make his dream come true and travel to Mars.

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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Storyline

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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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

The working title for this film was "Space Cadet". See more »

Goofs

The "6G" benchmark that a technician mentions just before Fred uses the centrifuge is not a continuity error; it is the previous record for the highest G-force sustained by an astronaut, not the highest G-force that the centrifuge can exert. See more »

Quotes

Fred Randall: It's a tale as old as time Ulysses. Boy meets girl, boy falls for girl. Girl goes into hypersleep.
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Crazy Credits

After all the credits, we see the ultimate fate of the substitute flag. 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 »


Soundtracks

Tossin' & Turnin'
Performed by Rick Riso
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A great Disney movie, ranks up there with "What About Bob"
1 March 1999 | by FiggiedanSee all my reviews

This movie is incredibly funny. I base a good comedy on how many times it makes you laugh - this movie made me laugh so hard I cried at least 3 times. It throws tons of jokes at you - Harland Williams is great as the computer specialist who gets his dream job of becoming an astronaut -- "what I'll do now is use what we like to call 'The right way" to show you how it's done." There was only one moment where one joke goes on a few seconds too long ("whole world in his hands" bit) - but other than that it a very inventive comedy that will make adults laugh just as much as the kids, maybe more. A surprise gem - one of the funniest flicks I've seen - give it a shot. 9 out of 10.


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