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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Corvin
... Hawk Hawkins
... Jerry O'Neill
... Tank Sullivan
... Bob Gerson
... Sara Holland
... Eugene Davis
... Ethan Glance
... Roger Hines
... Barbara Corvin
... General Vostov (as Rade Sherbedgia)
... Dr. Anne Caruthers
... Jay Leno
... Tiny
... Cocktail Waitress
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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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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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4 August 2000 (USA)  »

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$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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Warren Beatty was considered for the role of Frank Corvin. See more »

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The space suit used for EVAs has dirt on the soles of the feet, but such a suit would not be worn anywhere except for the short distance from where the astronaut dons it to the hatch and then space - none of which would have had any appreciable amount of dirt with which to soil the soles. See more »

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Tiny, Bar Bouncer: I'll put you in the hospital, old man.
Frank Corvin: Yeah? Well, I've got MediCare. Go ahead and shoot your best shot!
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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 »

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Actors Take Center Stage
13 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was a pretty enjoyable tale of "The Ripe Stuff," four old geezers going up into space to help save a project they had a hand in years ago. It's pretty long at 130 minutes but the four diverse characters help keep your interest. Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner are quite a foursome. Add Marcia Gay Harden to the mix, along with Loren Dean, Courtney Vance and James Cromwell and you have a fabulous cast.

This is a drama but one in which there is a fair amount of comedy and some romance. There are some Hollywood clichés (a suspect boss, arguing pals going back-and-forth all the time, a weak minister, etc.) but they aren't as blatant as usual.

The storytelling is pretty good but the real show here is not the story but that group of veteran actors. One joke was overplayed: Sutherland and the size of genitals. Not real classy stuff but, overall, the movie is fine. Definitely a rental, at the least.


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