SpaceCamp (Space Camp)

1986

SpaceCamp (Space Camp)

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50%

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This is an eerily prescient family adventure starring Kate Capshaw as Andie, a frustrated NASA astronaut who's never actually been into outer space. Her husband, flight controller Zach (Tom Skerritt), is sympathetic, but he can't influence her place in the rotation. Andie is assigned to train a group of intelligent high school students at the summer science camp called Space Camp, which is run by NASA and supervised by her husband. There she meets her campers: Kevin (Tate Donovan), a blasé, horny teenager; Tish (Kelly Preston), an airhead with a photographic memory; Kathryn (Lea Thompson), an arrogant pilot; obnoxious youngster Max (Joaquin Phoenix, then billed under the first name Leaf); and scientist-in-training Rudy (Larry B. Scott). While testing the solid booster rockets aboard a real shuttle, the team is blasted into space accidentally. Without enough air, the discordant team pulls together, each discovering hidden talents. The Challenger space shuttle disaster in January 1986 was bizarrely similar to the events depicted in Spacecamp, with far more horrific results. Its release date pushed back several months because of the tragedy, the film was still a painful reminder to the public of the national calamity, and it consequently grossed only about ten million dollars at the box office.

Cast

Kate Capshaw
as Andie Bergstrom
Lea Thompson
as Kathryn Fairly
Kelly Preston
as Tish Ambrosei
Larry B. Scott
as Rudy Tyler
Barry Primus
as Brennan
Terry O'Quinn
as Launch Director
Scott Coffey
as Gardener
Daryl Roach
as NASA No. l
Peter Scranton
as NASA No. 2
Rocky Krakoff
as Boy on Rooftop
Terry White
as NASA No. 3
Susan Becton
as Senior Counselor
Ben D. Casey
as Rudy's Father
Ron Harris
as Tom the Technician
Scott Holcomb
as Hideo Takamini
Kevin Gage
as Counselor No. 2
Saundra McGuire
as Rudy's Mother
Bill Phillips
as Kathryn's Father
Jon Steigman
as Bully in Dorm
Adrian Wells
as Rudy's Brother
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  • Sep 06, 2010
    A very charming and fun adventure about kids in space camp. It's a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2008
    Watching little Joaquin Phoenix in this was funny, but after the one millionth Star Wars reference it got a little annoying even for a hardcore Star Wars geek like myself. Great cast, and yes the plot is out there but it makes for a fun entertaining 80's movie.
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2008
    The 80's was a magical time. Space camp is a magical movie. The combination is outstanding. One of Joaquin Phoenix's finest hours. And while Lea Thompson is also nice, the little robot steals the show. Hilarity ensues.
    a b Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2007
    I loved this movie when I was younger. Just a fun adventure movie about Space Camp, when they accidently get shuttled into space. Just one of them "What if's" movies.
    Donna D Super Reviewer

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