Barnes & Noble - Ed HulseA 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.
New York Times - A.O. ScottMr. 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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- Warner Home Video
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