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Space Cowboys

Space Cowboys movie poster
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Produced by Clint Eastwood
Andrew Lazar
Written by Ken Kaufman
Howard Klausner
Starring Clint Eastwood
Tommy Lee Jones
Donald Sutherland
James Garner
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) August 4, 2000
Running time 130 min.
Language English
Budget $65,000,000
IMDb profile

Space Cowboys is a 2000 film by Clint Eastwood, released by Warner Bros., about four aged ex-astronauts who are sent into space to repair an old Soviet satellite. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (550x815, 71 KB)Space Cowboys movie poster. ... This article is about the actor/producer/director. ... This article is about the actor/producer/director. ... This article is about the actor/producer/director. ... For the musician, see Tommy Lee. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... James Garner (born April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor. ... “WB” redirects here. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... This article is about the actor/producer/director. ... “WB” redirects here. ...

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Plot summary

An obsolete Russian communications satellite is about to fall out of orbit, and NASA agrees to deal with it. The onboard systems are so archaic that nobody at NASA understands them, so they ask retired United States Air Force pilot and electrical engineer Dr. Frank Corvin (Clint Eastwood), who designed the original guidance systems from which the satellite has been copied, to help them, despite the longstanding animosity between the engineer and project director Bob Gersen (James Cromwell) due to a past grievance. A flashback reveals that 40 years ago, Corvin's prospects as an astronaut were dashed with the formation of NASA, a civilian agency. Corvin was replaced by a chimp. This article is about the American space agency. ... “The U.S. Air Force” redirects here. ... An engineers degree is an academic degree which is intermediate in rank between a masters degree and a doctorate; it is occasionally to be encountered in the United States in technical fields. ... This article is about the actor/producer/director. ... James Oliver Cromwell (born January 27, 1940), sometimes credited as Jamie Cromwell, is an Academy Award-nominated American television and film actor. ... This article is about the American space agency. ... Sam the rhesus monkey flew to an apogee of 88 km in 1959. ...


Corvin insists that there is not enough time to train anybody; he proposes going himself, and he will not go without his old team, team Daedalus: structural engineer Jerry O'Neill (Donald Sutherland) who is a skirt-chasing roller coaster designer with Coke-bottle glasses, maniacal pilot-turned crop duster William 'Hawk' Hawkins (Tommy Lee Jones), and former navigator 'Tank' Sullivan (James Garner) who is now a Baptist minister. With no choice, the director agrees. Gerson intends to string Corvin along until younger astronauts are up to speed on the system. But the press soon learns of the situation, and the four men become celebrities - even appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They become so popular that Gerson is forced to actually send them on the mission by the Vice President of the United States. During medical tests, Hawk is found to have terminal pancreatic cancer, and has only about eight months left to live. Due to the urgent nature of the mission and since he won't be impaired, he is considered as flightworthy and put on the mission. structural engineer is an engineering profession who practices structural engineering. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An agricultural aircraft is an aircraft that has been built or converted for agricultural use - usually aerial spraying of pesticides or fertiliser. ... For the musician, see Tommy Lee. ... James Garner (born April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Baptist is... The First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush and current host Jay Leno. ... James Douglas Muir Jay Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an Emmy-winning American comedian who is best known as the current host of NBC televisions long-running variety and talk program The Tonight Show. ... The Vice President of the United States (sometimes referred to as VPOTUS)[1] is the first in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of the United States upon the death, resignation, or removal of the President. ... Pancreatic cancer is a malignant tumour within the pancreatic gland. ...

Space Cowboys: Sullivan (James Garner), Corvin (Clint Eastwood), 'Hawk' Hawkings (Tommy Lee Jones) and O'Neill (Donald Sutherland).

The mission goes ahead with two crews, old and new. When they capture the satellite, they discover that it is not what they thought it was. Instead, it is a dangerous relic of the Cold War, armed with nuclear missiles (a fact the Russians did not reveal). The team also learns that the system the satellite uses was stolen by the KGB from Gerson's personal files. The team decides to use the payload assist rockets the (fictional) space shuttle Daedalus is carrying to push the satellite out of Earth orbit into deep space. Image File history File links Cowboys_041000_800. ... Image File history File links Cowboys_041000_800. ... James Garner (born April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor. ... This article is about the actor/producer/director. ... For the musician, see Tommy Lee. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... This article is about the KGB of the Soviet Union. ... NASAs Space Shuttle, officially called Space Transportation System (STS), is the United States governments current manned launch vehicle. ... Daedalus and Icarus, by Charles Paul Landon, 1799 (Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle, Alençon) In Greek mythology, Daedalus (Latin, also Hellenized Latin Daedalos, Greek Daidalos (Δαίδαλος) meaning cunning worker, and Etruscan Taitle) was a most skillful artificer, so skillful that he was said to have invented...


But then Ethan (Loren Dean), one of the younger astronauts, follows Gersen's secret orders to try to move IKON into a stable orbit by himself. He accidentally activates the satellite, being incapaciated in the process. It collides with Daedalus, causing extensive damage, and then prepares to launch its missiles. Roger (Courtney B. Vance), the shuttle pilot, is seriously injured in the collision, leaving the four senior citizens to handle the crisis. Actor Loren Dean (born on 31 July 1969 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA) starred in movies such as Billy Bathgate and Enemy of the State. ... Courtney Vance Vance with wife Angela Bassett Courtney B. Vance (born March 12, 1960) is an American actor. ...


Corvin and Hawkins first deactivate the satellite. They then discover that there are not enough undamaged rockets to stabilize its now rapidly-deteriorating orbit. With time running out, they improvise, deciding to use the satellite's own motors to push it away. There's only one hitch: somebody has to go along to manually launch the missiles at the right time to ensure they do not enter an Earth-bound trajectory. Hawk makes the choice to complete the suicide run, reasoning that since he is the best pilot of the group and is dying anyway. He aims for the Moon, his lifelong ambition.


Meanwhile, the rest of the crew on the Daedalus are not out of danger. The shuttle's computers are not responding and most of the propulsion systems are damaged, with the only functional one leaking fuel. NASA controllers decide to have the crew bring the shuttle as low as possible, then abandon ship, and let it crash into the Atlantic ocean. (See Space Shuttle abort modes). Corvin has other ideas; he safely discards the unconscious youngsters with parachutes, but is unable to talk his old friends into doing the same. He then makes a perfect landing on the runway by the seat of his pants, despite all the damage that Daedalus suffered. A Space Shuttle abort is an emergency procedure due to equipment failure on NASAs Space Shuttle, most commonly during ascent. ...


The movie ends with Corvin and his wife Barbara (Barbara Babcock) looking at the Moon. She wonders if Hawk made it; Corvin thinks he did. The final scene of the film shows that Hawk indeed managed to land on the Moon and, sitting against a boulder, gazed at the Earth until he expired. Barbara Babcock (born February 27, 1937 in Pasadena, California) is an American actress. ...


Cast

This article is about the actor/producer/director. ... For the musician, see Tommy Lee. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... James Garner (born April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor. ... James Oliver Cromwell (born January 27, 1940), sometimes credited as Jamie Cromwell, is an Academy Award-nominated American television and film actor. ... Marcia Gay Harden Marcia Gay Harden (born August 14, 1959) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Actor Loren Dean (born on 31 July 1969 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA) starred in movies such as Billy Bathgate and Enemy of the State. ... Courtney Vance Vance with wife Angela Bassett Courtney B. Vance (born March 12, 1960) is an American actor. ... Rade Šerbedžija (born 27 July 1946), is a Croatian-born actor and director of ethnic Serbian descent. ... Barbara Babcock (born February 27, 1937 in Pasadena, California) is an American actress. ... Blair Brown (born 23 April 1946 in Washington, District of Columbia) is an acclaimed stage actress who has also reached a broader audience with her television and film work, particularly, in the 1980s. ... James Douglas Muir Jay Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an Emmy-winning American comedian who is best known as the current host of NBC televisions long-running variety and talk program The Tonight Show. ... Toby Stephens (born April 21, 1969) is an English stage, television and film actor, best known for playing supervillain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). ... Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actress. ... John Mallory Asher (born on 13 January 1971) is an American actor, director, writer and cinematographer. ...

Trivia

  • The space shuttle set was reused in 2005 for the British television series Space Cadets. It was made slightly larger than the real shuttle in order to accommodate Donald Sutherland's and Clint Eastwood's height.
  • Eastwood, Jones, Sutherland, and Garner all appeared as their Space Cowboys characters on an actual episode of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as part of the film.
  • The movie featured a sanitized version of Alan Shepard's "prayer" that was recited by James Garner's character just before the shuttle launch. The original version of the "prayer" was "Please, dear God, don't let me fuck up."
  • The "Space Cowboys" team are somewhat based on the test pilots of the 1950s based at Edwards AFB, like Chuck Yeager and Scott Crossfield, who were anonymously flying test aircraft at great risk when the NASA Mercury Program took away their prestige. Two chimpanzees were in fact launched in Mercury capsules, one before Alan Shepard's flight and another before John Glenn's.
  • If you look closely at Daedalus when it lands, you might notice that it is actually the Space Shuttle Columbia. But in a subsequent shot the name on the side of the shuttle then says Daedalus.
  • 'N Sync's song "Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay)" was featured in this film while the four of the astronauts were walking towards NASA headquarters.
  • A real lunar impact would cause much more damage than shown in the film, the satellite would have been obliterated.
  • It takes three days to travel to the moon, which is more time than Hawk had air in his spacesuit. However, the film indicated that spare air tanks were connected to Hawk's life support gear.

Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Space Cadets was a British television program made by Zeppotron (a division of Endemol UK) for Channel 4. ... The First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush and current host Jay Leno. ... Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. ... Edwards Air Force Base is a base located on the border of Kern County and Los Angeles County, California in the Antelope Valley, northeast of Lancaster. ... Charles Elwood Chuck Yeager (born February 13, 1923) is a retired Brigadier General in the United States Air Force and a noted test pilot. ... Scott Crossfield Albert Scott Crossfield (October 2, 1921—), normally referred to as Scott Crossfield, grew up in California and Washington. ... This article is about the American space agency. ... Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States. ... Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. ... For other persons named John Glenn, see John Glenn (disambiguation). ... Space Shuttle Columbia (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-102) was the first spaceworthy space shuttle in NASAs orbital fleet. ... N Sync (often stylised *NSYNC) is an American pop boy band, formed in Orlando, Florida. ... U.S. Space Shuttle astronaut Bruce McCandless II using a manned maneuvering unit. ... This article is about the American space agency. ...

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Space Cowboys - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (863 words)
Space Cowboys is a 2000 film by Clint Eastwood, released by Warner Bros., about four aged ex-astronauts who are sent into space to repair an old satellite.
It is decided to use the payload assist rockets the space shuttle is carrying to push the satellite out of Earth orbit and into deep space.
The "Space Cowboys" team are somewhat based on the test pilots of the 50's based at Edwards AFB, like Chuck Yeager and Scott Crossfield, which were anonymously flying test aircraft at great risk when the NASA Mercury Program took away their prestige.
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