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USA & UK: Warner Bros
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, James Cromwell, Donald Sutherland, Loren Dean, Courtney B Vance, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, John Mallory Asher, William Devane, Georgia Emelin, Gerald Emerick, Marcia Gay Harden, Renee Olstead, Rade Serbedzija, Toby Stephens, Mark Thomason, Chris Wylde, Barbara Babcock, Blair Brown, Chip Chinery, Jay Leno, Matt McColm, Anne Stedman, Billie Worley
Director: Clint Eastwood
USA: 135 mins
UK: 130 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some language
UK Certificate: PG for mild language and action
USA Release Date: 22 December 2000 (Limited Re-release)
USA Release Date: 4 August 2000
UK Release Date: 22 September 2000
SPACE COWBOYS is a high tech adventure about determination, toughness and second chances. In 1958, the members of Team Daedalus, a group of top Air Force test pilots, were ready to serve their country as the first Americans in space. When NASA replaced the Air Force for outer atmospheric testing, Team Daedalus was pushed aside and a chimpanzee got the honor. The team retired, but the dream of going into space never died.
Now, over four decades later, the Russian satellite Ikon has suffered a systems failure that Russian officials insist will cause a total communications blackout in their country. NASA official Bob Gerson (James Cromwell) stumbles toward a solution ? and finds it in a very unexpected place. Since Ikon has the same guidance system as early American satellite Skylab, Skylab?s designer should know how to fix Ikon. But Gerson already knows the designer.
Now retired, Frank Corvin (Clint Eastwood) is the one man alive who can do the job. This is the chance of a lifetime but Frank won?t take it unless he can bring the only crew he trusts to do the job with him. Team Daedalus is back in action.
Frank, Hawk Hawkins (Tommy Lee Jones), Jerry O?Neil (Donald Sutherland) and Tank Sullivan (James Garner) stretch the rules and strain the patience of Eugene Davis (William Devane), their Flight Director, as well as their much younger counterparts, Ethan Glance (Loren Dean) and Roger Hines (Courtney B Vance). Seasoned veterans with an attitude, they relish the opportunity to show their stuff. They will be tested and they will need every ounce of strength and resourcefulness to make it through their abbreviated training, complete their mission and rescue Ikon. The heroic challenge has arrived.
Let the countdown begin.