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Lethal Orbit (1996)

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A group of recently trained astronauts are sent into space to probe a new experiment, only to be stranded and face an eternity in space unless successful contact can be established from ... See full summary »


Ulli Lommel (as Mario Van Cleef)


Budd Garrison (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Casper Van Dien ... Tom Corbett (as Casper van Dien)
Bentley Mitchum Bentley Mitchum ... Blake Cooper (as Bentley C. Mitchum)
Joe Estevez ... NSC Chairman
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Riff
Christopher Mitchum ... Gunter
Ron Robbins Ron Robbins ... Bill McKenna
Carrie Mitchum Carrie Mitchum ... Meg Corbett
Nick Wilder ... Mike
David Jean Thomas ... Jack Clayton
Bonnie LaPierre Bonnie LaPierre ... Virginia
Kellee Sweeney Kellee Sweeney ... Mjr. Gena Thompson (as Kelly Ann Sweeney)
Richard Wetzel Richard Wetzel ... F.B.I. Agent
Mona Charles Mona Charles ... Senator I
Ulli Lommel ... Max Braun
Estee White Estee White ... David


A group of recently trained astronauts are sent into space to probe a new experiment, only to be stranded and face an eternity in space unless successful contact can be established from earth. In between flashes of the story, a court is in process determining the cause of the accident. Written by <tgraham@currantbun.com>

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Vital Contact See more »

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Barstow, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Mitchum family project.
8 June 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

At the time Lethal Orbit was made Robert Mitchum was dealing with the cancer that eventually killed him. If he had been healthy he might have joined in this gobbler of a TV film that involved some of his family.

Chris Mitchum and Jan-Michael Vincent are a pair of militia leaders who are convinced a new NASA spy satellite is spying on them. They've recruited NASA computer technician Bentley Mitchum to join them and screw up the programming. But this will have the effect of stranding three astronauts out in space. One of them is Casper Van Dien married here and in real life to Carrie Mitchum at the time.

That's the plot points what follows next is poorly told and dull. And the ending is just plain off the wall. All I'll say is that Vincent's and Chris Mitchum's plans get screwed nicely by outside interference.

Bob Mitchum who did a few dog films must have shuddered when he saw this one.

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