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Space Cowboys (2000)

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When a retired engineer is called upon to rescue a failing satellite, he insists that his equally old teammates accompany him into space.

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Clint Eastwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Frank Corvin
Tommy Lee Jones ... Hawk Hawkins
Donald Sutherland ... Jerry O'Neill
James Garner ... Tank Sullivan
James Cromwell ... Bob Gerson
Marcia Gay Harden ... Sara Holland
William Devane ... Eugene Davis
Loren Dean ... Ethan Glance
Courtney B. Vance ... Roger Hines
Barbara Babcock ... Barbara Corvin
Rade Serbedzija ... General Vostov (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Blair Brown ... Dr. Anne Caruthers
Jay Leno ... Jay Leno
Nils Allen Stewart ... Tiny
Deborah Jolly ... Cocktail Waitress
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Storyline

When a Russian satellite orbiting the Earth starts to veer off course. It seems like the guidance system in the satellite is of American origin. It's important to try and fix it before it comes into the atmosphere. The NASA man, Bob Gerson tries to find out who designed it and discovers that it was designed by Frank Corvin, an Air Force pilot who 40 years ago was part of the team who was originally suppose to go to space but when NASA was formed and Gerson's influence they were dropped. Gerson asks Frank to help but Frank still holds a grudge. But after some prodding he agrees but only if he and his team can go there so he can fix it. Gerson reluctantly agrees so Frank recruits his former team members, Tank Sullivan, Jerry O'Neill and Hawk Hawkins to join him. After some strenuous tests, they're cleared. And they go up with two other astronauts and check out the satellite and discover that they weren't told the whole truth. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Space Cowboys See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,093,776, 6 August 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$90,464,773

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$128,884,132
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The "Asshole Centering Module" is a closed-circuit video system used during ground-based Shuttle astronaut training. It displays a view of the astronaut's posterior so they can remember the position they are in when using the Waste Collection System. See more »

Goofs

The chances of even a highly skilled aircraft pilot manually navigating from earth orbit to a soft landing on the moon are negligible. The physics are entirely different, and extensive computer calculations are required. See more »

Quotes

Frank Corvin: [after Hawk crashes the shuttle during a simulation] Hawk, this isn't a stripped-down showplane. You've got to do it their way.
Col. William 'Hawk' Hawkins: I don't need a damn computer to tell me how to land an aircraft.
Roger Hines: It's not an aircraft, Colonel. It's a flying brick, and you've GOT to use the computer's protocols.
Col. William 'Hawk' Hawkins: What if the on-board computer fails?
Ethan Glance: It never has.
Col. William 'Hawk' Hawkins: [to the simulator supervisor] Houston, Horizon.
Mission Control Tech: Go ahead.
Col. William 'Hawk' Hawkins: Request second landing please.
[pause]
Col. William 'Hawk' Hawkins: Houston - Horizon, request on board computer FAILURE on ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow logos are static and in a grayish tone on a black background, rather than being animated and in full color. See more »

Alternate Versions

In some television versions, Tank's recitation of Alan Shepard's prayer "Dear Lord, please don't let me fuck up" is replaced by "Dear Lord, please don't let me screw up". See more »


Soundtracks

I Only Have Eyes for You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Alison Eastwood
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Highly enjoyable.
8 August 2002 | by Jack the Ripper1888See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest action/dramas that I have ever seen. Not since ARMAGEDDON has there been such a movie that managed to satisfy my craving for action, laughter, and drama all at the same time. Clint Eastwood returns to show us that he can handle any role that comes his way. While the film was not a really big hit in theaters, it managed to catch my eye at the video store because it had to do with a failing Russian satellite and since the four lead actors are so good. Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner and Donald Sutherland are the title characters and our heroes in SPACE COWBOYS, one of the most memorable movies of the year for me.

I enjoyed the way the film slowly develops the characters and shares with us their past history. The film is great in my opinion. The supporting cast includes James Cromwell, Marcia Gay Harden, William Devane, Loren Dean and Courtney B. Vance (Loren Dean and Courtney B. Vance both being men). All of the key actors and elements of the film are wonderful and create a film that is both memorable and, in my opinion, timeless. SPACE COWBOYS gets 5/5.


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