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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Space Cowboys
Never made as a film to take seriously, the whole point of this film is to watch 4 legendary names of Hollywood go to work on a hugely preposterous plot and just generally have fun with the wild idea of sending 4 geriatric airmen into space.
Putting together Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner sounds like an idea that just can't fail...
Published on 29 Jun 2005 by Rich Milligan

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3.0 out of 5 stars From one laugh to another with a bang at the end.
I expected a typical Eastwood film and had the opposite. The script at times was thin but the comedy and the acting of the entire members was good. On numerous occassions the comedy was very good. The humour crossed the American-British border and you was able to get and understand all the side remarks. Excellent, very enjoyable.
Published on 24 Nov 2001 by Kevin Potter


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Space Cowboys, 29 Jun 2005
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Rich Milligan (Thatcham, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Space Cowboys [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
Never made as a film to take seriously, the whole point of this film is to watch 4 legendary names of Hollywood go to work on a hugely preposterous plot and just generally have fun with the wild idea of sending 4 geriatric airmen into space.
Putting together Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner sounds like an idea that just can't fail to work on paper. But what I think does make it work in reality is that the actors themselves don't seem to be taking the whole project seriously and because this transfers onto the audience, you can easily put aside the trumped up plot idea and just let the action unfold.
The film does raise the serious point of ageism though and does it in a nice subtle way. No ramming messages down the throat here.
As I say, just sit back and enjoy the film for what it is and don't try to hard to think about the story. Enjoy the wonderful sight of the four "Cowboys" striding up to the front doors of NASA resplendent in leather jackets and shades. Enjoy the lovely sweet romantic moments between Tommy Lee Jones and Marcia Gay Harden. Chuckle along at the witty old-dog one-liners from Sutherland and revel in Eastwood's macho posturing which is still as good as ever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a film full of sense of homour recommended for young and old, 5 Feb 2001
This review is from: Space Cowboys [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
this film is just fantastic.it will make you laugh,cry,imagine and inspire you to do things you haven't done to your life.that's why,it's really recommended for young and old.i just love watching the film even how many times!And love is in there!young or old!!!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Houston, We have a pension!", 18 Aug 2001
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G. Meads (UK) - See all my reviews
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Although many people laughed at Amargeddon when the producers felt that they shouldn't have done- Space Cowboys arrives and has a good laugh at itself and the one thing Hollywood discriminates against: AGE.
Clint Eastwood plays Frank Crovin, an Air Force test pilot whose claim to fame is that he was replaced by a chimp! So he never made his dream debut on the moon. Forty years on- Houston has a problem and yes, you guessed it, they call upon Frank and his original crew (Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner) to help out.
Where this film succeeds in in its sheer ability to constantly take the mickey out of its concept. The geriatric jokes are good natured and often poignant as are the performances. And watching the fantastic four enter NASA headquarters dressed in leather jackets and wearing shades and strutting is worth the buying this video for alone. Yeah the premise is hokey and corny but Space Cowboys doesn't pretend to be rocket science, but it certainly splits the cinematic comedy atom. I was laughing throughout most of it.
Eastwood directs as well as stars and gives the film a steady pace and manages to coaxe fully rounded peformances from his co-stars. He also looks a great deal younger than his 71 years.
If you want to see a once in a lifetime cast take on the young 'uns with style, panache and gentle humour then you'll be over the moon with Space Cowboys. If the premise does not appeal then see Scary Movie instead and
weep!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST TEAM, BEST STORY, 21 Dec 2001
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This review is from: Space Cowboys [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
It was really impreesive to see all those old fellows on the scene. This movie shows the importance of the passion, challenge and friendship. You will really be lost in the scenes and enjoy from the beginning till end of the time you reserved ( not spent ) while watching this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars there's life in the old dog, 5 Nov 2011
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arrived in very quick time well packaged the premise maybe a little out there the acting is great the cinematography is superb james cromwell's character should be thrown out of an airlock!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A difficult decision..., 18 Sep 2014
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Mr M.R.Watkinson (Norfolk, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Space Cowboys [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
Should it be 4* or only 3? The whole premise (no, I shan't say anything about the script itself, but the description gives you enough to form an opinion) is blatantly daft. On the other hand, whilst "Hollywood legend" is vastly over-used... Eastwood, Jones, Sutherland, the late Garner all in one film? Surely, it can't not appeal?

Well, it's a long way from perfect, certainly not worth 5*, but it's appealling enough. As you would expect, all 4 stars turn in solid performances. It is a bit focused on gags / SFX / action shots. So Garner & Sutherland are very much cardboard cut-outs, and the relationship between Eastwood & Jones, and between Eastwood & James Cromwell (the character of Bob Gerson) is pretty sketchy. More might have been made of the story, in other words, which might have made the whole thing seem a little less implausible.

But having said that, OK or I Like It, Amazon's Official description of 3 & 4*? Despite the opinions of some other reviewers, there are places, it seems to me, where the film isn't just "fun"; it is trying to take itself seriously. When it does, it's less than convincing, a little too contrived. On the whole, though, it's good fun and the presence of four of Hollywood's finest lifts it just enough to make it, just about, a 4* film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From one laugh to another with a bang at the end., 24 Nov 2001
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Kevin Potter (Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Space Cowboys [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
I expected a typical Eastwood film and had the opposite. The script at times was thin but the comedy and the acting of the entire members was good. On numerous occassions the comedy was very good. The humour crossed the American-British border and you was able to get and understand all the side remarks. Excellent, very enjoyable.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Cowboys showing the Right Stuff!!, 6 Dec 2002
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Deborah MacGillivray "Author," (US & UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Space Cowboys [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
Clint Eastwood and James Gardner were stars back in the 50's telly with RAWHIDE and MAVERICK, and later many other vehicles. Donald Sutherland and Tommy Lee Jones made a big splash in the 70's, and have gone on to prove they are some of the best actors around today. But all are showing a little wear and tear on the leading man image, but they clearly demonstrate they are spark as tacks and still the best.
They are ageing ex-astronauts that never made it into space - a thorn in their sides. Eastwood went on to design guidance systems for the space platform. One of the communication satellite that used his system is decaying and, unfortunately, none of today's hotshots know how to fix it. So the old space cowboys get a second crack to make it into space.
All four leads give warm, funny and outstanding performances, backed by powerhouse William Devane and James Hampton.
You just cannot miss these old cowboys showing they still have the right stuff!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Review of Blu Ray film, 23 April 2008
I have seen this film a few times and recommend it. Great fun and includes stuff in space, what more could you ask for? Clearly all the actors are having a cracking time in the making of the movie and this definitely adds to the atmosphere. The four grey haired actors, Clint Eastwood, James Gardner, Donald Sutherland and Tommy Lee Jones, who play the heroes of the piece are all superb, giving me hope for my old age!! It's a very enjoyable film, good jokes, exciting action, well acted and well shot.

As for the blu ray, some of the picture quality is top notch, especially those bits set in space. The rest of film however is not as visually impressive. Still very good, and better than DVD I think, but not true HD all the way through. Can't complain really.

Sound is also very good 5.1.

Well worth watching, and if you don't have on DVD, buying.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Men are Truly Ageless, 27 April 2003
This review is from: Space Cowboys [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
Impressive. Plain and simple. Clint Eastwood has proved himself, yet again, as a remarkably competent actor and director. Space Cowboys is both heartfelt and funny. Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner round out the middle age cast of space-goers assigned to go into orbit to fix an ailing satellite.
Sending this group of retirees in to space was not exactly the perfect plan for NASA. But Eastwood's character, Frank Corvin, was determined to get Team Datalys in to space after they missed their chance some forty years before. Jones was great as "Hawk;" there was amazing tension but ultimately respect between Frank and Hawk. Sutherland and Garner were both great additions to the cast as well. James Cromwell plays a rather fitting NASA naysayer. The whole of Team Datalys were grounded by this man. . .
It was rather fascinating to see the concept of age in this movie. It is plausible that Eastwood is himself, feeling his age. Though it was clear that these gentlemen were quite capable, they knew that the days ahead of them were fewer than the days behind. Coming to grips with this and living life to the fullest are paramount.
This is a great movie, and a must-have in any DVD collection.
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