Space Cowboys

Space Cowboys

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Cast: Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner

     
 

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In this adventure drama, four men passed over by the space program get one last chance to be heroes and live out their dreams. Frank Corvin (Clint Eastwood), Hawk Hawkins (Tommy Lee Jones), Jerry O'Neill (Donald Sutherland), and Tank Sullivan (James Garner) were top pilots within an elite Air Force squadron and on the fast track to becoming the first Americans in… See more details below

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In this adventure drama, four men passed over by the space program get one last chance to be heroes and live out their dreams. Frank Corvin (Clint Eastwood), Hawk Hawkins (Tommy Lee Jones), Jerry O'Neill (Donald Sutherland), and Tank Sullivan (James Garner) were top pilots within an elite Air Force squadron and on the fast track to becoming the first Americans in space in the early 1950s. However, when NASA was established, the pilots were cut out of the loop; Corvin went on to become an aerospace engineer, Hawkins continued on as a freelance pilot, O'Neill became an astrophysicist with a sideline in designing roller coasters, and Sullivan took up preaching as a Baptist minister. Years later, a Russian satellite's guidance system has started to malfunction, and it is expected to crash into the Earth within a matter of weeks. The system is identical to the one Corvin designed for Skylab, so NASA head Bob Gerson (James Cromwell) asks Corvin to help him with the emergency mission to repair the satellite. Corvin agrees under one condition -- that he be sent up to do the repairs himself, with Hawkins, O'Neill, and Sullivan as his crew. Clint Eastwood directed Space Cowboys while also starring as Frank Corvin; his supporting cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Courtney B. Vance, Loren Dean, and William Devane.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A quartet of aging but still popular stars strut their stuff in Space Cowboys, a rollicking adventure film that delivers a playful poke in the eye to youth-obsessed Hollywood. Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, and Donald Sutherland -- representing 150 combined years of experience in front of the camera -- play retired Air Force men who washed out of America’s space program four decades earlier. Their collective expertise in now-obsolete computer technology suddenly makes these geriatric flyers invaluable: Repairs are desperately needed on a failing, missile-loaded Russian satellite, and the old-timers are launched into space to do what the younger astronauts can’t. Eastwood, who also directs, depicts the space program’s training regimen with a documentarian's fidelity and elicits laughs by showing himself and his costars huffing their ways through its rigors. The film’s character-driven script provides each of the veteran stars with pithy dialogue and scene-stealing moments, and their spirited interplay is even more entertaining than the mission itself. There’s no shortage of action, thrills, or suspense, but Space Cowboys is also warmly humorous, wistful, and elegiac, and thus ranks among Eastwood’s best movies. DVD supplements include behind-the-scenes footage, documentaries (covering both the film’s production and NASA’s operations), theatrical trailers, special DVD-ROM content, and web access.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
An unusually populist comedy for a director of such normally refined tastes, this geriatric space adventure from Clint Eastwood spoofs the aging of the Baby Boomer generation with broad appeal, but flags in its poorly structured third act. While Space Cowboys gets off to an interesting start in a flashback sequence that casts lookalike actors with their voices dubbed by the film's stars, the story's central conceit (four aging would-be astronauts getting one last chance to blast off) is exhaustively rehashed, making for a tiring set-up. Once the quartet of creaking seniors is in training for their mission, however, the film finds its legs and purpose, sending up the idea of vitamin-popping oldsters rediscovering their right stuff with zeal and relish. When its characters finally achieve orbit, the film loses its way again, stumbling with a subplot involving an egotistical young colleague who botches a job and the unexpected illness of a central figure. Nevertheless, Space Cowboys is about two-thirds of a fine and enjoyably risible comedy that is a bounce back for Eastwood after stumbling badly with his last directorial effort, True Crime (1999).
New York Times - A.O. Scott
Mr. Eastwood is ordinarily a rather earthbound director, more interested in the efficient conveyance of story and character than in visual beauty, but here the special effects by industrial Light and Magic add depth and richness to the movie without distracting from the greater pleasure of watching 4 great actors reclaim their prime...

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
UPC:
0085391102113
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:10:00
Format:
HD

Special Features

Closed Caption; Back at the Ranch: on location with cast, crew and NASA consultants; The Effects: meet visual effects supervisor Michael Owens and his collaborators; Tonight on Leno: expanded version of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno sequence; Up Close With the Editor: a conversation with Joel Cox; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Frank Corvin
Tommy Lee Jones Hawk Hawkins
Donald Sutherland Jerry O'Neil
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
Blair Brown Dr. Anne Caruthers
John Asher Young Jerry
Lauren Cohn Teacher
Eli Craig Young Hawk
Arthur Cybulski Press Reporter #2
Georgia Emelin Jerry's Girlfriend
Gerald Emerick T-38 Pilot
Erica Grant Female Engineer
Tim Halligan Qualls
Jon Hamm Young Pilot #2
J.M. Henry Centrifuge Tech
Deborah Hope Female Engineer
Cooper Huckabee Trajectory Engineer
Deborah Jolly Cocktail Waitress
Alexandr Kuznetzov Russian Engineer
Jay Leno Jay Leno
John Linton Male Astronaunt #1
Lamont Lofton Ksc Guard
Michael Louden Young Pilot #1
James MacDonald Capcom
Jock MacDonald Press Reporter
Matt McColm Young Tank
Kate McNeil Female Astronaut #1
Don Michaelson Nasa Doctor
Karen Mistal Female Astronaunt #2
Steve Monroe Waiter
Manning Mpinduzi-Mott Press Reporter (1958)
Renee Olstead Little Girl
Gordon Owens Simsupe
Paul Pender Jbc Security Guard
Rick Scarry State Dept. Official
Steve Stapenhorst Vice President
Anne Stedman Jason's Girlfriend
Toby Stephens Young Frank
Nils Allen Stewart Tiny
Hayden Tank Andrew
Mark Thomason Mission Control Tech
Stephen West Construction Tech
Billie Worley Young Gerson
Chris Wylde Jason

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director,Producer
David Amborn Special Effects
Leah Anton Songwriter
Darryl Athons Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Bjerno Camera Operator
Stella Bogh Songwriter
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Steven E. Bunyea Special Effects
Michael E. Burke Special Effects
Stephen Campanelli Camera Operator
Tami Carter Songwriter
Troy Anthony Cephers Stunts
Albert Champagne Stunts
Joel Cox Editor
Tom Crabson Stunts
Ann Culotta Costumes/Costume Designer
Jan Davis Stunts
Jeff A. Denes Special Effects
Jeff Doran Songwriter
Gilbert Draper Special Effects
Ken Ebert Special Effects
Jeff Eith Stunts
Steve Ellsworth Costumes/Costume Designer
David Farmer Sound/Sound Designer
Bobbie Faye Ferguson Consultant/advisor
Cliff Fleming Stunts
Hartley Folstad Stunts
Tom Frazier Special Effects
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Grant Animator
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Karl Gulledge Stunts
Jim Hagadorn Songwriter
Cliff Happy Stunts
Bruce Hayes Special Effects
Hal Hickel Animator
Steve Hinton Stunts
Deborah Hopper Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Howard Songwriter
Phyllis Huffman Casting
Ken Kaufman Screenwriter
Liz Keigley Casting
Sari E. Keigley Casting
Howard Klausner Screenwriter
Andrew Lazar Producer
Jameson Levin Special Effects
Robert Lorenz Asst. Director
David Majors Stunts
Walt Martin Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Christopher Mitchell Animator
Russell Nave Special Effects
Lennie Niehaus Score Composer
Mark Noel Special Effects
George Orrison Stunts
Joseph G. Pacelli Set Decoration/Design
Joe Pancake Special Effects
Francis Pennington Special Effects
Matt Pierson Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary T. Pike Stunts
Steve Riley Special Effects
Charlene Roberson Makeup
Tom Rooker Executive Producer
Dominic V. Ruiz Special Effects
Tom Sanders Stunts
Jeff Senour Stunts
Mark Sheaffer Special Effects
Pau Sklar Stunts
Dwight Thomas Smith Special Effects
Brian Sorbo Songwriter
Joe Stone Stunts
Jeff Sutherland Songwriter
Jack Gammon Taylor Art Director
Moe Viletto Stunts
Jim Wilkey Stunts
Bryan A. Wohlers Special Effects
Andy Wong Animator
Sylvia Wong Animator
John Wonser Special Effects
B.J. Worth Stunts
Dana Wozniak Special Effects

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