Space Cowboys (2000)



Critic Consensus: While the plot is overly cliched, the suberb acting by the stars (especially the tense interactions between Clint Eastwood and Tommy Lee Jones) and the spectacular special effects make this a movie worth seeing.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ken Kaufman, Howard Klausner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2001
Box Office: $89.4M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Frank Corvin

as William `Hawk' Hawki...

as Tank Sullivan

as Jerry O'Neill

as Bob Gerson

as Sara Holland

as Eugene Davis

as Roger Hines

as Ethan Glance

as Dr. Carruthers

as Gen. Vostow

as Barbara Corvin

as Himself

as Young Jerry

as Teacher

as Young Hawk

as Press Reporter #2

as Jerry's Girlfriend

as T-38 Pilot

as Female Engineer

as Young Pilot #2

as Centrifuge Tech

as Female Engineer

as Trajectory Engineer

as Cocktail Waitress

as Male Astronaunt #1

as Ksc Guard

as Young Pilot #1

as Press Reporter

as Young Tank

as Female Astronaut #1

as Nasa Doctor

as Female Astronaunt #2

as Press Reporter (1958...

as Little Girl

as Simsupe

as Jbc Security Guard

as State Dept. Official

as Vice President

as Jason's Girlfriend

as Young Frank

as Mission Control Tech

as Construction Tech

as Young Gerson

as Jason

as Russian Engineer
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Critic Reviews for Space Cowboys

All Critics (137) | Top Critics (31)

It's a rare pleasure to watch four terrific actors having the time of their lives.

May 10, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Without succumbing to bitterness or nostalgia or overstating the case for one generation's virtues, [Eastwood] and his cohorts mount a vigorous and funny defense of maturity.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Space Cowboys is a blast for those who don't mind geriatric heroes.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

A cheerful, thoroughly unambitious yarn.

Full Review… | July 13, 2015
The Nation

Weak and saggy script meets predictable plot.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Problems are evident, and eminent, from a black-and-white flashback prologue in which four young men speak with old actors' voices. Yes, a man purportedly in peak physical condition sounds like a 70-year-old who's eaten bags of gravel daily for 30 years.

Full Review… | November 4, 2010

Audience Reviews for Space Cowboys


It`s pure high-flying fun from start to finish. It soars through the air as an high-tech adventure with old-school heroes. It's a rocking good time. A thrilling, exciting and endlessly funny movie. Director, Clint Eastwood's best film in years. James Garner, Donald Sutherland, Tommy Lee Jones and Clint Eastwood are magnificent. Their having a great time, their chemistry is absolutely outstanding. You cant help but love it and this extraordinary dream team. A truly stunning and brilliant film. A clever, magnificent and unforgettable movie. A non-stop joy-ride filled with literally old-school excitement. I absolutely loved this movie. One of my personal favorites. A great slam of tender drama, sharp humor, sizzling suspense and lots of heart. It aint nothing but a good-time.

Al S

Super Reviewer


Space Cowboys a good adventure drama film with a great cast. However, considering that this is a Clint Eastwood film, it's also a bit disappointing considering that Eastwood has made far better films in his career. The cast do a good job here, and there's a dose of light hearted comedy to even the story out. I think it's great to see such great actors together in one film, and their varied talent brings something unique to the film. This is an entertaining film that is lots of fun, but it lacks something to really make a Clint Eastwood film really special. Space Cowboys is a bit too simplistic almost. Considering that this film was directed by Clint Eastwood, you'd expect something great. But the end result is one of the least memorable films that Eastwood has directed. I'm not saying that this film is bad, far from it, I just think that Clint Eastwood has made far better films in his career. As a whole, Space Cowboys is a good adventure film with a great cast of legendary actors. However, considering this, Space Cowboys could have been a far better film as well. For what it is, Space Cowboys is a good film that delivers a good time, but with that said, Clint Eastwood has made far better films than this. But if you're a fan of his work, then check this one out; just don't expect anything great from it. A good film for what it is, but kit could have been better as well.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

not without its cliches and the acting and dialogue were a bit weak, but the story gives the audience so much to root for that the film succeeds almost by sentiment alone. some of the space images were subtle and awe inspiring, and the story flowed well enough to keep the audience into it. solid overall.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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