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Fred Z. Randall is 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.
He's just taking up space!
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Release Date: October 10, 1997
Runtime: 95 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 5.3
Brimstone Pit Rating: 6.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With R
MPAA Rating: PG
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG for language, crude humor and thematic elements.
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 ...young Fred
Paxton Whitehead ...British Reporter
Don Armstrong ...Anchorman
Pamela West ...Nun
Marjorie Carroll ...Nun
Claire Birnbaum ...School Kid #1
Sean Tweedley ...NASA Lab Tech
Cindy Hogan ...Reporter
Felicia Griffin ...Reporter
Lidia Porto ...Gary's Nurse
Richard Dillard ...The President
Gil Glasgow ...Bartender
Franklin Chang Diaz ...NASA Scientist
Bryan Lee McGlothin ...Mission Controler
Edie Mirman ...Chimp Voice (as Edie Mir)
Raven ...Ulysees (chimpanzee astronaut)
Charlotte Biggs ...Astronaut / Bar Patron
Alan Brady ...Stand In
Dale Wade Davis ...NASA Colonel
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Eric L. Gold
Richard H. Prince
More Movie Taglines:
- He's just taking up space!
- One Man's Dream... Is NASA's Nightmare!
- Fred Randall: A glitch? No, that's not possible. I programmed it myself.
Fred Randall: I'm 30 years old. I'm almost a grown man.
Fred Randall: Sweet swirling onion rings!
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?
[Repeated line] Fred Randall: It wasn't me!
- To prepare for their roles as astronauts, the three stars attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, riding in simulators and participating in other activities.
For the surface of Mars, the filmmakers shot in Moab, Utah, where they found giant cliffs, red rocks, a lack of vegetation, and the overall scale of what could be a distant planet.
The filmmakers spent nine weeks at the Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas, shooting at the famous Rocket Park (the gargantuan Building 9 that houses all of the spacecraft mock-ups for the ongoing shuttle missions) and Building 32, which houses the world's largest thermal vacuum chamber and simulates all conditions of outer space (except zero gravity).
Ulysses (the chimpanzee in the movie) was played by Raven, a three-year-old female chimpanzee.
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