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An Air Force team was retired before they got to go into space. Now, 42 years later, a satellite, code-named Ikon, has suffered a systems failure and, if not repaired, will slam into the earth at more than 300 miles per hour. This is the chance of a lifetime. Frank Corvin will take the deal and he wants the only crew he trusts to do the job with him.
Adventure - More of a buddy movie than a science fiction epic. Most of the
action is in the last 45 minutes, leaving plenty of time for setup.
Some viewers may become restless if expecting wall-to-wall action.
Those going to Space Cowboys expecting aliens and space warfare will have wandered into the wrong theater. The film's intent is not to challenge the likes of Independence Day> and Star Wars. The premise is not designed to test a viewer's willing suspension of disbelief. Space Cowboys uses technology that is currently available, and, as an engineer, I didn't notice any obvious goofs. But, as Apollo 13 taught viewers, it's possible to have a low-key space adventure with a great deal of tension - all that must happen is for something to go wrong. And that's exactly what fuels this movie's climactic segments. A significant portion of Space Cowboys' appeal results from the four leads, all of whom possess high viewer recognition and comfort levels. We like these guys and enjoy being in their company for two hours. The sense of camaraderie within the group is more tangible than in many of the conventional buddy movies that invade multiplexes on a regular basis.
In 1958, the members of Team Daedalus, a cocky unit 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 named Sam got the honor. The team retired, but the dream of going into space never died.
Now, 42 years later, Frank Corvin (CLINT EAST WOOD), Hawk Hawkins (TOMMY LEE JONES), Jerry O'Neil (DONALD SUTHERLAND) and Tank Sullivan (JAMES GARNER) have been reunited. A satellite Frank designed, code-named
Ikon, has suffered a systems failure and, if not repaired, will slam into the earth at more than 300 miles per hour. Ikon is a Russian relay station. It doesn't respond to Mission Control and blowing it up would cause a massive communications blackout throughout the Soviet Union. Scrambling for a solution, NASA resolves to mount a special mission to make the repairs in space. Unfortunately for NASA, there's only one man alive who can do the job.
This is the chance of a lifetime. Frank Corvin will take the deal and he wants the only crew he trusts to do the job with him.
Frank, Hawk, Jerry and Tank stretch the rules and strain the patience of Eugene Davis (WILLIAM
DEVANE), their Flight Commander, 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 stop
Ikon. The heroic challenge has arrived.