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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Space will never be the same See more »


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

A 1/22 scale miniature model of Ikon was used for the space scenes, shot in front of a black tarp. See more »

Goofs

Considering micrometeoroids and dust particles in space, ICON looks remarkably factory fresh for being "a relic of the Cold War". 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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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 »

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Referenced in Apollo 18 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Grazin' in the Grass
Written by Harry Elston and Philemon Hou
Performed by Boney James and Rick Braun
(Courtesy Warner Bros. Records)
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Enjoyable movie
30 November 2003 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

While much of the film is predictable (except for a couple of surprises) and and almost certainly implausible, the movie was enjoyable because of the camradarie between the characters and the theme of redemption. How often does someone get a second chance and then also make good on it? The sets and special effects were very convincing and Eastwood seems to be good at both the artistic and technical aspects of directing. There's great chemistry between the stars as well. All in all, a very enjoyable movie, 8/10.


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