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American kids go to a space camp during the summer holidays. They learn how to operate the Space Shuttle. A team consisting of a guy who just entered to meet girls, a wanna be astronaut and an instructor who wanted to go on a mission instead of teaching can sit in the Shuttle while testing the engines. Then they're launched by mistake ...
An impossible mistake put them into space. The adventure of their lives will be getting back home.
Release Date: June 06, 1986
Runtime: 107 mins
All Genres: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating: 5.3
Buried.com Rating: 6.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S
MPAA Rating: PG
Kate Capshaw ...Andie Bergstrom
Lea Thompson ...Kathryn Fairly
Kelly Preston ...Tish Ambrosei
Larry B. Scott ...Rudy Tyler
Joaquin Phoenix ...Max (as Leaf Phoenix)
Tate Donovan ...Kevin Donaldson
Tom Skerritt ...Cmdr. Zach Bergstrom (Andie's husband)
Barry Primus ...Brennan
Terry O'Quinn ...Launch Director
Mitchell Anderson ...Banning
Scott Coffey ...Gardener (as T. Scott Coffey)
Daryl Keith Roach ...NASA #1 (as Daryl Roach)
Peter Scranton ...NASA #2
Hollye Rebecca Suggs ...young Andie
Terry White ...NASA #3
Susan Becton ...Senior counselor
D. Ben Casey ...Rudy's father
Kathy Hanson ...Girl
Ron Harris ...Tom the technician
Scott Holcomb ...Hideo Takamini (Guy Registering in Space Camp)
Kevin Gage ...Counselor #2
Saundra McGuire ...Rudy's mother
Bill Phillips ...Kathryn's father
Jon Steigman ...Bully in dorm
Adrian Wells ...Rudy's brother
Frank Welker ...Special vocal effects (voice)
Rocky Krakoff ...Boy on rooftop
Casey T. Mitchell
Larry B. Williams
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"Don't Look Back"
"Turn It Up"
More Movie Taglines:
- An impossible mistake put them into space. The adventure of their lives will be getting back home.
- The stars belong to a new generation
- They came to SpaceCamp with the dream of becoming astronauts. Suddenly...Without warning...Before they were ready...They were launched into space.
- Kathryn: My mom always says that being boss and being bossy aren't the same.
Kevin: My philosophy is: sleep late, drive fast, and not take any of this shit seriously.
Kevin: Ladies and gentlemen, please return your seats and tray-tables to their full upright positions, and extinguish all smoking material, as we're about to land in the red zone. Ahh! No survivors!
Kevin: What's the worst thing that can happen? We'll all die, right?
Tish: Whip me, beat me, take away my charge cards... NASA is talking!
- The movie was partially filmed at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama home to the first Space Camp program.
What was supposed to be a somewhat light hearted action/adventure movie turned into a marketing nightmare. SpaceCamp was scheduled to be released in early 1986 but on 28 January the real-life shuttle Challenger exploded 74 seconds after liftoff, claiming the lives of seven American astronauts. After the Challenger disaster, the release was pushed back months. When it was finally sent to theaters, it grossed less than $10 million in the U.S. Eerily, the malfunction simulated in the film involved the solid rocket booster and was similar to the actual cause of the Challenger accident.
The interior of the Space Shuttle Atlantis was filmed in the Atlantis simulator at the real Space Camp.
In the scene in which Jinx asks the NASA computer about launch possibilities (the second scene involving Jinx and the computer), as the computer monitor rapidly flashes data on the screen, a couple of hidden messages are included, but only for one or two frames each. On the display of the shuttle's main engine, the caption reads "Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) burns liquid hydrogen & liquid oxygen fuel (as if anyone didn't know that, I must say...)" The next frame features a message saying "Don't get down on the DSK thrust factor, man". And the following frame displays a message saying "Three SSME's are on the orbiter's aft end, which is driving (@27,000 Knm) me quite mental". (The messages are references to 'Martin Short''s character "Ed Grimsley", who was popular on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) at the time the film was being produced.)
In earlier drafts of the storyline, a Russian shuttle is sent up to rescue the American kids. At the end of the film, it was to be revealed that Russian kids had rescued the American kids.
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