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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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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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Taglines:

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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The motel interiors and some exteriors were built in the warehouse. The brick facades, were painted onto the exterior to look like bricks with shadows fixed into the artwork. The cheap-looking interior 'textured' walls actually had no texture. The surfaces were entirely flat. In fact, the art department painted shadows of texture on the walls as if lighting was always from the same directional sources. In fact, all the walls and ceiling were movable so lighting and cameras could be directed from any point deemed appropriate. If the walls had indeed been textured, the actual shadows that would have been cast would constantly change apparent direction, which would have been noticeable and distracting. See more »

Goofs

When Bill eats the stuff in tube that turns out to be hemorrhoid cream, he looks at the tube to read it, and the tube is all bent and squashed. From the camera angle looking straight at the tube, it is perfectly straight, no dents, and the cap is still attached. See more »

Quotes

Fred Randall: I feel like a paleontologist that's been hunting dinosaurs his whole life and finally got to meet one!
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Movie Nights: The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Be An Astronaut
Written and Produced by Andrew Dorfman (as Andy Dorfman)
Performed by Rob Laufer and Andrew Dorfman (as Andy Dorfman)
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It's so bad... it's good.
6 November 2006 | by greatfavorSee all my reviews

I came across this movie while TV surfing, and kept trying to move on but I couldn't.

It is wonderful how awful it is!

It is definitely one of the silliest movies I have ever seen, silly to the point of stupidity, and I can't remember when I have enjoyed myself more.

While I kept telling myself I was too old (and refined) to be as amused as I was, I couldn't stop laughing.

If you can sit through it without giggling, someone should check you for a pulse!


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