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RocketMan (1997)

Fred Z. Randall is a geeky spacecraft designer who gets the chance to make his dream come true and travel to Mars.

Director:

Stuart Gillard

Writers:

Oren Aviv (story), Craig Mazin (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harland Williams ... Fred Z. Randall
Jessica Lundy ... Julie Ford
William Sadler ... 'Wild Bill' Overbeck
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Paul Wick
James Pickens Jr. ... Ben Stevens
Beau Bridges ... Bud Nesbitt
Peter Onorati ... Gary Hackman
Don Lake ... Flight Surgeon
Bill Jenkins ... Mission Controller (as William Arthur Jenkins)
Ken Farmer ... Mission Controller
Blake Boyd ... Gordon A. Peacock
Brandon Kaplan Brandon Kaplan ... Young Fred
Paxton Whitehead ... British Reporter
Don Armstrong Don Armstrong ... Anchorman
Pamela West Pamela West ... Nun
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Storyline

Fred Z. Randall is a geeky and obnoxious spacecraft designer who gets the chance to make his dream come true and travel to Mars as a member of the first manned flight there. Written by O2D

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Taglines:

He's just taking up space! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, crude humor and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocket Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Sugar Land, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,472,937, 12 October 1997

Gross USA:

$15,448,043

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,448,043
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

To get the PG rating in the UK, 42 seconds were cut to remove a scene. In this scene, Young Fred Z. Randall (Brandon Kaplan), enthralled by all things astronaut and space, climbs into his home washing machine and goes for a 'spin' inside it, all the while pretending that he's in a space capsule or astronaut trainer, preparing himself for the rigors of space such as motion sickness, so that he may one day be better prepared to apply for his dream job... to be a true NASA astronaut! (PS: Don't try this 'training' method at home.) See more »

Goofs

The "6G" benchmark that a technician mentions just before Fred uses the centrifuge is not a continuity error; it is the previous record for the highest G-force sustained by an astronaut, not the highest G-force that the centrifuge can exert. See more »

Quotes

Fred Randall: Hey, Commander, were you ever afraid of monsters under your bed? When I was little I used to think there was a baker under my bed.
William Overbeck: No.
Fred Randall: You ever look?
William Overbeck: No.
Fred Randall: Then how do you know there wasn't a baker under your bed?
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Crazy Credits

Thanks is given to the "McDonald Douglas" aerospace corporation. The actual name of the company is "McDonnell Douglas". See more »

Alternate Versions

To get the PG rating in the UK 42 seconds were cut to remove a scene in which a child climbs into a washing machine and goes for a spin within it. See more »

Connections

References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Tossin' and Turnin'
Written by Ritchie Adams (as Richard Adams), Rene Malou
Performed by Rick Riso and Andrew Dorfman (as Andy Dorfman)
Produced by Andrew Dorfman
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One of the funniest movies I've ever seen, if not the funniest.
12 November 2002 | by horsegogglesSee all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie I couldn't stop laughing. I happened to see it again a couple nights ago, and it was the same, only it seemed even funnier. I just ordered it from Amazon, I've got to have this movie available when I need a good laugh. I can understand why some people don't like it, you have to be 10 years old at heart to get it. What I don't understand is why I haven't seen more of Harlen Williams, he was a riot in this movie.


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