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Zero gravity meets zero fear in this cosmic comedy-adventure about a summer camp where regular kidscheck in and real astronauts check out! Starring Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott, Leaf Phoenix and Tate Donovan, SpaceCamp is a wild and wonderful thrill-ride packed with 'special effects'spectacular moments (Film Journal) and a gripping climax (Time Out) that's out of this world! For five typical teens, NASA's space camp promises to be a fun wayto blow off the summer. But when a space shuttle exercise misfires, they find themselves launched into orbit, facing the adventure of a lifetime. Now, the only way back to Earth is to take command ofthe ship and control of their destinies, before timeand oxygenrun out!
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Harry Winer
- Media Format : Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Letterboxed
- Run time : 1 hour and 47 minutes
- Release date : March 2, 2004
- Actors : Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott, Joaquin Phoenix
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : David Salven, Leonard Goldberg, Patrick Bailey
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified
- Studio : MGM (Video & DVD)
- ASIN : B00015HVM4
- Writers : Casey T. Mitchell, Clifford Green, Larry B. Williams, Patrick Bailey
- Number of discs : 1
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The film is standard 80's fare, gives you a mold of who the characters are and allows them to develop as the story moves along. Some people criticize that style of film making, but there is something satisfying about it as the film reaches its resolution. The (future) star power of the cast is big, as most went on to significant careers over the next decade or so.
The biggest weakness (which I never realized as a kid) was the "12 hour" issue. As they achieve orbit, the characters discover they have 12 hours of oxygen left, then as they're reaching the space station, suddenly there's only an hour. Some sort of discussion by the characters explaining that (i.e., "It will take about 12 hours to reach the station") would have made the story stronger. True, the plot is not award-winning to begin with, but for what it is, that added element would have strengthened the story. Then the kid characters have to come through, and they do. Again, it's expected, but there's a satisfying element to it for an 80's film.
Overall, not award winning, but if you're a space enthusiast as I was as a kid (and still am), it's a great way to spend an hour and a half or so.
The only disappointment--I hoped on the DVD to find "extra features," i.e. "making of," or features about the Shuttle program, Challenger, or the issues of the film coming out in the wake of Challenger, but there was not. The movie itself is a fun way for space enthusiasts to spend an hour and 40 minutes.
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It is about a group of teenaged space cadets who find themselves on board a near fatal space shuttle flight thanks to some totally unbelievable circumstances. Getting back to earth would have been a lot easier of the characters had chosen the easy option instead of finding the convoluted way home. The people at NASA who allowed filming on their site must now be secretly squirming in their seats because of all the unintentional humour found in the film’s plot holes.
This comedy action film also gained some notoriety because it was released just after the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986.
However, despite its childish view of all things to do with space I enjoyed Space Camp for its laugh out loud moments and 1980s nostalgia.