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SpaceCamp (1986)

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The young attendees of a space camp find themselves in space for real when their shuttle is accidentally launched into orbit.

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Harry Winer

Writers:

Clifford Green (screenplay) (as W.W. Wicket), Casey T. Mitchell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Capshaw ... Andie
Lea Thompson ... Kathryn
Kelly Preston ... Tish
Larry B. Scott ... Rudy
Joaquin Phoenix ... Max (as Leaf Phoenix)
Tate Donovan ... Kevin
Tom Skerritt ... Zack
Barry Primus ... Brennan
Terry O'Quinn ... Launch Director
Mitchell Anderson ... Banning
Scott Coffey ... Gardener (as T. Scott Coffey)
Daryl Keith Roach ... NASA #1 (as Daryl Roach)
Peter Scranton Peter Scranton ... NASA #2
Hollye Rebecca Suggs Hollye Rebecca Suggs ... Young Andie
Terry White Terry White ... NASA #3
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Storyline

American kids go to a space camp during the summer holidays. They learn how to operate the Space Shuttle. A team consisting of a guy who just entered to meet girls, a wanna be astronaut and an instructor who wanted to go on a mission instead of teaching can sit in the Shuttle while testing the engines. Then they're launched by mistake ... Written by Ivo Kroone <ab2693@triton.heao.hsa.nl>

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It Started As A Dream... It Became A Fantastic Adventure. See more »


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Trivia

The movie was partially filmed at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama home to the first and last remaining Space Camp program. See more »

Goofs

During liftoff, Andie tells Kevin "You've gotta drop the solid boosters - they're on your side." She tells him that the controls are on panel C3, which is correct, but panel C3 is directly between the pilot and commander seats, and the SRB separation controls can be easily reached by either crew member. Also, during launch, according to NASA and other shuttle astronauts, the PLT and CDR don't touch anything during launch. The separation of the SRB's is done by onboard computer. The only indication of SRB performance is a light that tells the crew the SRB's are about to separate. No buttons are pushed. See more »

Quotes

Rudy Tyler: Er, you know I once knew this guy who could hold his breath under water for hours. Nobody could ever figure out exactly how he did it. Or maybe it wasn't hours, but it sure was a long time.
Kevin: Rudy.
Rudy Tyler: That was when I, I was on the swim team. It was freshman year. He used to do it too. Hold his breath for hours. Just by thinking about eating French fries. Guess he really got off on eating French fries and uh...
Kevin: Rudy.
Rudy Tyler: Huh?
Kevin: You're using up oxygen, Man.
Rudy Tyler: Yeah.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Travellers (1992) See more »

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So Far Away
by Mark Knopfler
Chariscourt Ltd. adm. by Almo Music Corp. in USA and Canada
Performed by Dire Straits
Courtesy of Phonogram Ltd./Warner Bros.
Records by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Reality Check
11 December 2008 | by tpaladinoSee all my reviews

First off, I was obsessed with this movie when I was a kid. Watched it at least 500 times. Had it memorized from beginning to end. I even went to the real space camp.

Now as far as kids movies go, it was decent enough, but totally and completely impossible for sooooo many reasons. I know this is going to exponentially increase my nerd factor, but I have to put it out there.

1. At the time this film was made, Space Camp was in Alabama, not Florida. There is now one in Florida also, but it didn't exist in 1986.

2. The simulators that Space Camp kids train on are nowhere as detailed or realistic as the ones they used for the movie.

3. The multi-axis trainer has no joystick on it. It is not meant to be controlled; it just spins around to familiarize trainees with spatial disorientation.

4. Most Space Camp students don't use the water tank (neutral buoyancy simulator) for training. Only very advanced camp programs use it.

5. The space shuttle main engines aren't tested on the pad, with fully loaded booster rockets right next to them. They're static tested long before ever reaching the pad (and before they're even on the shuttle itself).

6. There is no such thing as a 'thermal curtain'. The boosters are either lit via an igniter, or they're not. There isn't any ambiguity there, nor is there a chance of accidental lighting.

7. Kids would NEVER be allowed to board a fully loaded shuttle, much less during a static engine test. NEVER.

8. There are no 'short range radios' used prior to launch. The communications for the shuttle go through its main systems, and they are what they are.

9. Obviously there was no space station 'Daedalus'. Obviously. And if there were, the oxygen tanks would not be among the first parts to be constructed.

10. If there were fully loaded space suits on board, then why not use the oxygen from them to get the extra hour they needed to make the reentry window? One suit has enough for one person to last 8 hours. It would give seven people at least an hour. And there were two suits, so that's almost two extra hours per person right there. Problem solved.

11. Going to retrieve oxygen tanks from a half-built space station would be completely impossible for them without navigational support and close coordination from mission control. How did they know where it was? 12. You can't adjust the size of a spacesuit to fit a child using a belt.

13. Even if the oxygen tanks were attainable, what guarantee is there that they'll have nozzles compatible with whatever the shuttle uses? Chances are far more likely that they won't be compatible at all. But either way, why bother? Why not just bring a tank into the cabin and run some air out? For a short-term fix, that would be plenty.

So yeah, in conclusion, this is an impossible fairy tale. But entertaining, or at least it was when I was 11. :)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Space Camp See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,918,072, 8 June 1986

Gross USA:

$9,697,739

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,697,739
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Company Credits

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ABC Motion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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