Video Release: October 10, 2006
Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
Studio: Warner Home Video
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 130 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in Spanish, English, Spanish, English, English, French, French
Clint Eastwood teams up with some old friends to make SPACE COWBOYS, a rollicking motion picture that wraps action, comedy, and science fiction into one neat package. Eastwood plays Frank Corvin, an ex-Air Force pilot who was shunned from flying into space in 1958 after N.A.S.A. was created. Forty years later, when a Russian satellite appears to be headed for a collision with Earth, Corvin finally gets his chance. He bribes his arch rival Bob Gerson (James Cromwell) into letting his team go into space to repair the satellite, on the condition that they pass the physical. However, passing the physical isn't so easy for the aging veterans--Jerry O’Neil (Donald Sutherland), Tank Sullivan (James Garner), and Hawk Hawkins (Tommy Lee Jones)--who, while still mentally sharp, aren't in the best of physical shape. Nonetheless, they manage to fill all the requirements. Ignoring the two cocky upstarts who have been sent along to back them up, the old-timers blast off and head straight for the satellite. But when they get there, the realization that the satellite is actually carrying six nuclear warheads changes the course of the mission, endangering the lives of the astronauts, as well as the citizens of America. With exceptional special effects and a breezy tone, SPACE COWBOYS is one of Eastwood's most entertaining films to date.
IN THEATRES: AUGUST 4, 2000
A 60-year-old astronaut (Clint Eastwood) is sent on a mission to repair a broken satellite that threatens to cause a disaster on earth if it falls from outerspace. The only catch is that he insists that three of his friends (Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, and Donald Sutherland) who were not originally selected in the astronaut training program, accompany him as his crew. This high-tech, high-action drama, directed by and starring Eastwood, mimics classic space favorites like THE RIGHT STUFF, while providing some of the chummy machismo of earlier Eastwood movies.
Released theatrically on August 4, 2000.
The film was shot on location in California, Houston, Texas, and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Industrial Light & Magic were responsible for the film's visual effects.