Space Cowboys [HD DVD] (Bilingual) [Import]
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Even though this DVD doesn't boast that it's a special edition, it has some of the nicest extras you'd want to see. There's nearly an hour of behind-the-footage material, all of it superior made-for-cable featurettes so often included on DVDs. The technicians divulge little tricks of the trade, revealing more computer effects in the film than you'd think. Longtime Eastwood editor Joel Cox provides insight into the director's work routine. The highlight, though, is an extended version of the four principles' appearance on The Tonight Show, with Jay Leno providing some interesting comments on how he chooses what films will "appear" on his show. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Actually, Clint Eastwood is clearly the best actor of the four stars. Afterall, Clint directed and Produced this effort. The film has some emotional moments - which inevitably draw the viewer in. It's a fiction, so I rode along with the implausability of it all, but the science element was intriguing. Worth a view, besides, Donald Sutherland wouldn't have enlisted in this film, if he didn't feel it had a fringe element.
This film is not as profound as 'Million Dollar Baby', but then few are. It is a wonderful joyride of sweet and well-deserved revenge...at the same time as it is a careful and intimate look at aging and a valorisation of experience.
Four young Air Force hotshots in the 1950s are turfed out of the chance to become astronauts by a politically-minded creep (played to perfection by James Cromwell, who is SO good at that type of rôle). Forty years later, that same creep finds that--Why, God, WHY??--he needs them for the knowledge that only they have. The plot's basic premise is ever so slightly unlikely, but not enough to get in the way of a roaring good tale. You will find yourself rooting for these four geriatric heroes--Clint Eastwood, James Garner, Donald Sutherland, and (my least favourite actor) Tommy Lee Jones--in very short order. It's very, very well done.
Space Cowboys takes the John Glenn trip one (or four) further. In the prologue,four early jet pilot/astronaut pioneers get a bum treatment at the hands of a government ladder climbing boss, and are effectively ousted from the space program.
Flash forward forty years and our four early space pioneers are the not-so-young Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner and Donald Sutherland. NASA calls upon Clint to repair a communications satellite because he invented the computer boards which are on it - but how did NASA's technology get into a Soviet satellite?
Slated to be advisory only, Eastwood manages to finagle his "team" on the space shuttle to repair the satellite.
The film spends a great deal of time on the backstory and the training of these "geezers" as they prepare for space launch. It spends too little on the space adventure itself. I don't begrudge one minute of the backstory, but I wish more time had been spent on the adventure. It feels rushed when compare to the rest of the film. I won't divulge any of the excitement that takes place, but suffice it to say there is plenty.
Eastwood directed this film and is credited with assisting in writing it as well. He's done a fine job.Read more ›
But the plot and script are full of holes large enough to drive a Soyuz through. Just one -- it's inconceivable that this mission would be flown without a serious set of schematics for the "communication satellite" and probably a gaggle of Russian techies hanging around for reference. Instead, we have the one sinister Russki aparatchik with a secret. It all seems to be handled like a small discretionary fund project, instead of a novel, newsworthy Major Event.
The thirty day buildup for a complex new mission would be hard to swallow using personnel already familiar with the STS systems, but to bring the old guys up to speed on all that's new since they were flying jets, while they're struggling to run laps, lift weights and .. oh yes, hang out in the local bars, get in fights and pick up chicks .. give me a break.
And it doesn't, or shouldn't, require hindsight to doubt the realism of a Shuttle full of holes, with failing systems, bulling its way through the atmosphere to a seat of the pants landing by a backup pilot with maybe a couple of runs in the simulator.
I've had some experience with how STS missions run, had small roles in very subsidiary control rooms and watched how both the major and the bit players work, and while excellent special effects give a feeling of verisimilitude to the scenes in space, the overall feel .. the people, the systems .. just does not have the Right Stuff. For a real gut-level realism, see "Apollo 13"
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