SpaceCamp (1986)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

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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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  • Kate Capshaw and Joaquin Phoenix in SpaceCamp (1986)
  • Tom Skerritt and Terry O'Quinn in SpaceCamp (1986)

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8 April 1999 | Fraser-5
Harmless Fun
It's Fun. It's as simple as that. The premise is not actually to far fetched. Who hasn't thought about going into space? And in this the kids get to do it. There are a few "you did it because you're a team" slushy American moments but otherwise it's a great harmless rainy day movie. 8/10

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In the scene in which Jinx asks the NASA computer about launch possibilities (the second scene involving Jinx and the computer), as the computer monitor rapidly flashes data on the screen, a couple of hidden messages are included, but only for one or two frames each. On the display of the shuttle's main engine, the caption reads "Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) burns liquid hydrogen & liquid oxygen fuel (as if anyone didn't know that, I must say...)" The next frame features a message saying "Don't get down on the DSK thrust factor, man". And the following frame displays a message saying "Three SSME's are on the orbiter's aft end, which is driving (@27,000 Knm) me quite mental". (The messages are references to Martin Short's character "Ed Grimley", who was popular on Saturday Night Live (1975) at the time the film was being produced.)


Kathryn: My mom always says that being boss and being bossy aren't the same.


During the re-entry sequence when the space shuttle enters a flat spin the exterior shots of the shuttle correctly show a combination of out-of-control roll and yaw. The internal cockpit shots show the earth rotating in the background through the side-windows which could only occur if the shuttle were pitching end over end.


So Far Away
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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Adventure | Family | Sci-Fi


Release Date:

6 June 1986



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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,918,072 8 June 1986

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