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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.


Harry Winer


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


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 <>

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Did You Know?


The song that is playing in the car when Tate pulls up to the camp is "Forever Man" by Eric Clapton, which was released the previous year on his album 'Behind the Sun'. See more »


The Space Shuttle Main Engines operated independently of the Solid Rocket Boosters, and were easily able to be shutdown on the pad in case of an emergency. Further, firing the Shuttles engines in no way affected the temperature of the fuel in the Solid Rocket Boosters. See more »


Kevin: [Kevin is trying to give Max the courage to save Andy during a space walk, in an Obi-Wan Kenobi voice] Luke... Luke! Use the Force, Luke... stretch out your feelings... The Force is always with you...
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by Joseph Williams and Paul Gordon
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Used by permission of Unicity Music, Inc., Chappell & Co., Inc./French Surf Music
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A great adventure for young kids.
20 April 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

Aside from 80s fans (of corny movies), I would say this movie is most suitable for young kids who are probably twelve years-old and younger and interested in space exploration or have just a general interest in science. Next to The Explorers, another 80s sci-fi adventure, this is a fun movie about young kids getting to participate in space exploration.

Space Camp is about a bunch of smart kids and teenagers recruited into a camp in which they must master training to be young astronauts. Unfortunately, a small group find out that their training is put to the test a little early, as their inside a shuttle that accidentally launches. They make it all the way to space, capable of seeing the moon and everything, but run out of oxygen. So, this being a family movie, each must overcome their fears and for some, their arrogance, and work together as a team and know that eventually, they'll beat their dilemma. Afterall, it was what they were trained to do.

This movie has a bunch of familiar 80s actors, young and old. Tate Donovan is Kevin Donaldson, a kid who doesn't really care about the importance of Space Camp, he's more interested in girls and he wishes everyone would stop putting so much responsbility on him. Lea Thompson is Kathryn Fairly, the girl he's got his eye on. Kelly Preston is Tish, Scott Coffey is Gardner, Tom Skerrit is Commander Zach Burkstroom, Kate Capshaw is Andie Burkstroom (the leader of the mission), and Joaquin Phoenix is the shrilly voiced irritating youngster wimp of the group who exemplifies the morals of building self-confidence. It may be too corny for teenagers, but young kids might still find this movie enjoyable and hopefully, not too recognizeably dated.

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Release Date:

6 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,918,072, 8 June 1986

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1.85 : 1
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