Space Cowboys

Synopsis: When a Russian satellite orbiting the Earth starts to veer off course. It seems like the guidance system in the satellite is of American origin. It's important to try and fix it before it comes into the atmosphere. The NASA man, Bob Gerson tries to find out who designed it and discovers that it was designed by Frank Corvin, an Air Force pilot who 40 years ago was part of the team who was originally suppose to go to space but when NASA was formed and Gerson's influence they were dropped. Gerson asks Frank to help but Frank still holds a grudge. But after some prodding he agrees but only if he and his team can go there so he can fix it. Gerson reluctantly agrees so Frank recruits his former team members, Tank Sullivan, Jerry O'Neill and Hawk Hawkins to join him. After some strenuous tests, they're cleared. And they go up with two other astronauts and check out the satellite and discover that they weren't told the whole truth.
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min

Thats enough. Were approaching|heat barrier. Lets level off.

Recover One, this is Falcon.|Beginning descent now.

Roger, Daedalus.

Got you on the scope, Frank.

Miss October.

Bing. 1 10,000th floor,|ladies lingerie.

You catch that, Hawk?

Shes all right. Shes just|talking to me, thats all.

You trust me, dont you?

We re taking her down.|Thats an order.

Oh, here we go again.


Look at that.

Thats where were going.

l dont know how|and l dont know when but....

Fly me to the moon|And let me play among the stars

Come on, baby.

You want to get out|and give us a push?

We got to eject!

At 1 1 2,000 feet?|Are you out of your mind?

No choice.|Were not riding this one out.

Call mayday!|Were popping! Were popping!

-lm not losing another ship.|-Dont think about it.

Just do it!

lll count down to one.|You ready? One.


Crazy son of a b*tch almost|landed like a bug on a windshield.

This is it!

First one down wins the prize!

Youve always got to push things|to the limit.

Thats what l do best, Frank.

Get off me!

Come on, you guys! Break it up!

Come on.

ls that smoke l smell?

Looks like a fire out by Ridgecrest.

We crashed the X-2.

My 4-million-dollar X-2?

ls that the X-2 youre referring to?

We did break both speed|and altitude records, sir.

And beat the free-fall mark|by 30,000 feet.

Three planes in ten months.|Thats bound to be a record too.

The engine failed. The aircraft went|in a flat spin. We couldnt recover.

But you made it.

Thats the important thing.

And you made it...

...just in time, Frank.

Ladies and gentlemen of the press...

...lm Major Bob Gerson, United States|Air Force, and l hold in my hand...

...a directive from the president|of the United States of America.

lt reads:

Effective immediately,|the Air Forces involvement... outer atmosphere|testing and exploration... hereby terminated.

A new civilian agency...

...the National Aeronautics and Space|Administration, is this day chartered.

Project Daedalus is now complete...

...and designated|Mission Accomplished.

The Air Force is out?

What about the pilots?

Who will be|the first American in space?

A decision has been made.|After an exhaustive search...

...weve identified who can best|carry out a mission of this magnitude.

This job calls for toughness,|both mental and physical toughness...

...and in the tradition of|the best of the Air Force... ability to follow orders|to the letter.

Ladies and gentlemen,|ld like you to meet Maryanne...

...the first American|to cross into outer space.

Look, Frank.|She wants to shake your hand.

You bastard.

Shake her hand for the cameras, Frank.|That is an order.

lt just isnt responding.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is|mission director Sara Holland.

Shes been monitoring|the situation closely...

...and she assures me|that the problem is well in hand.

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

As you may know, 1 1 days ago,|atmospheric tracking determined...

...that Russian communications|satellite lkon...

...has initiated orbital degradation.

Computer trajectory models|predict a steady acceleration... sequence with|the gravitational constant.

Theres a systems failure in online|navigation and guidance avionics.

All redundant systems|are non-responsive.

Without active course correction|in the next 30 to 40 days...

...the satellite will reenter|the Earths atmosphere.

And crash?


lkon has served you for 14 years.

That is in the performance range|of a communications satellite.

lt will probably crash in the ocean|or burn up in the atmosphere.

l think its best that we let it.

My countrys grateful for the efforts|of NASA and the State Department.

However, losing lkon is not an option.

lkon is not just a communications|satellite to the Russian Federation.

lkon is the communications satellite.

You are undoubtedly aware|of our restructuring programs.

Losing all telecommunications...

...until were able to replace lkon|could plunge us into chaos.

And perhaps...

...even civil war.

Hard to believe you fellas|only have one bird up there.

Couldnt we just|transfer the workload?

Gene. Excuse me, Sara.

We have a presidential mandate|to assist the Russians...

...our partners in|the lnternational Space Station.

And l assure you|that we will fix this problem.

lts just a glitch.

You are feeding these guys|bold-faced lies.

lts a waste of money|and my staffs time.

Sara, youre one hell|of an engineer...

...but you dont know jack-sh*t|about politics.

Helping the Russians save face|is an act of good faith.

How can you put a price on that?

This thing is dumb as a post.|lts dead in the air.

lKid, why dont you stop trying|to talk to the satellite?

You have the code.|Override the guidance system.

You want to figure that mess out?

The guidance system on this thing|is a dinosaur.

Even these guys dont understand it.

lts pre-microprocessor.|lts pre-everything.

Whoever designed this|Byzantine piece of sh*t... probably chopping rocks|in Siberia.

Ethan, can l access the Skylab files|from here?

What does that have|to do with anything?

A damn fine politician, but you dont|know jack-sh*t about engineering.

This is the guidance system|from Skylab.

Thats not possible.

Maybe theres similarities,|but they cant be the same.

lm looking up the designer.

Hell. Dont bother.

lt was Francis D. Corvin.

ls he dead?

Only if lm lucky.

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Ken Kaufman & Howard Klausner

Ken Kaufman was born in 1963. He is known for his work on Space Cowboys (2000), The Expendables 2 (2012) and The Missing (2003). Howard Klausner, known also as Howie Klausner, is an American filmmaker and writer, known for writing the script for the 2000 film Space Cowboys. more…

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