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Space Cowboys
     

Space Cowboys

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

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

 

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Warner Bros.' DVD edition of Clint Eastwood's high-flying space adventure is as good as they come. The picture is an excellent 2.35:1 widescreen transfer. Most impressive are the opening scenes, shot in a sumptuous black-and white, and the space scenes. As is often the case with films of this kind, the sound design is top-flight, bringing booming rockets and sound

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Warner Bros.' DVD edition of Clint Eastwood's high-flying space adventure is as good as they come. The picture is an excellent 2.35:1 widescreen transfer. Most impressive are the opening scenes, shot in a sumptuous black-and white, and the space scenes. As is often the case with films of this kind, the sound design is top-flight, bringing booming rockets and sound barrier-shattering jets to life in Dolby Digital 5.1. There is also a nice selection of extras to be found. There is a behind-the-scenes documentary that serves largely to promote the film, but still provides a great look at the creative process. Also included are a pair of featurettes that look at the making of the special effects and the editing of the film. Both offer some tidbits of information that one might pick up otherwise (for instance, in one scene where Eastwood is walking in space, everything but his face was created by a computer). Lastly, there is the full version of a clip from The Tonight Show that was shown in the movie, featuring the film's stars as their characters banter with host Jay Leno. It's a great bit of improv and fun to watch. The clip is interspersed with interviews with Leno about how he was tapped for the project. This is a solid DVD with plenty to recommend it. The only complaint would be the glaring absence of a commentary track from Eastwood and/or his co-stars. Watching them work together on film makes one wonder what they would have had to say.

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...

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2001
UPC:
0085391872221
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:10:00

Special Features

Four behind-the-scenes documentaries; Interactive menus; Cast/director career highlights; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages and subtitles: English & Français [dubbed in Quebec]; DVD-ROM features:; Space shuttle challenge; Links to original theatrical web site; Future online events and other locations; Sampler trailers

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Where we're going. [3:40]
2. Pushed to the limit. [2:50]
3. First American into space. [1:43]
4. The Ikon dilemna. [4:01]
5. NASA calling. [5:40]
6. Frank's proposal. [5:30]
7. Word from on high. [2:06]
8. Riding again. [2:36]
9. Scare in the air. [2:42]
10. Same stubborn jackass. [2:47]
11. Four boys and a lady. [2:09]
12. Our little problem. [1:21]
13. Gene's rules. [4:39]
14. Medical exam. [2:55]
15. Physically misfit. [3:25]
16. Waiting for Hawk. [1:42]
17. Who first? [2:24]
18. Picking fights. [4:10]
19. Socking it to 'em. [3:47]
20. The time Hawk was afraid. [3:09]
21. The ripe stuff. [4:01]
22. The word on Hawk. [3:21]
23. The whole team. [:40]
24. Chapter 24 [4:02]
25. Liftoff. [6:09]
26. Encountering Ikon. [4:20]
27. Capture. [2:42]
28. Ethan on his own. [5:31]
29. Ikon awakens. [4:12]
30. Arresting the fall. [2:34]
31. Hawk; the only way. [4:08]
32. To the moon and beyond. [3:36]
33. Flying the brick in. [2:34]
34. Team landing. [4:08]
35. Lunar view (Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)). [5:18]
36. End Credits. [2:03]

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Space Cowboys 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed watching Space Cowboys. Love the actors, Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner. Good story line; held my interest. Has you rooting for the good guys. Makes you wonder if it could really happen. It is one I will watch again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago