PG | | Action, Thriller
A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret.
Elliott Gould's character interacts with a person who cites and quotes from movies just as Gould's character had done in The Long Goodbye (1973).
Charles Brubaker, Jr.:
Hey, Uncle Jim?
Dr. James Kelloway: Yeah?
Charles Brubaker, Jr.: My dad went to Mars.
Dr. James Kelloway: Yes. Yes, he did.
The Mars lander used in the film was an identical copy of an Apollo Lunar Module. The LM was designed as a true spacecraft - no aerodynamic design was needed to land on the Moon since the Moon does not have an atmosphere. A lander designed for Mars, however, would have to cope with a substantial atmosphere and would therefore look considerably different from that portrayed in the film.