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RocketMan (1997)



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During NASA training, a member of the first manned mission to Mars is injured, so NASA chooses a replacement, computer geek Fred Randall. En route to Mars, Fred clashes with cocky crew captain William Overbeck, falls in love with beautiful officer Julie Ford, and cavorts with trained chimp Ulysses.

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Harland Williams
as Fred Z. Randall
Jessica Lundy
as Julie Ford
Beau Bridges
as Nesbitt
Shelley Duvall
as Mrs. Randall
Don Lake
as Flight Surgeon
William Arthur Jenkins
as Mission Controller
Ken Farmer
as Mission Controller
Blake Boyd
as Gordon A. Peacock
Brandon Kaplan
as Young Fred
Paxton Whitehead
as British Reporter
Don Armstrong
as Anchorman
Claire Birnbaum
as School Kid No. 1
Sean Tweedley
as NASA Lab Tech
Cindy Hogan
as Reporter
Lidia Porto
as Gary's Nurse
Richard Dillard
as The President
Gil Glasgow
as Bartender
as Ulysees the Chimp
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Critic Reviews for RocketMan

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

One small step for an unknown comic. One giant stumble for comedy-kind.

January 9, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

RocketMan is not inspired or brilliant or original, but it's the kind of movie that gives you a goofy grin half of the time.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Despite a comic performance by Harland Williams, Disney's formulaic kiddie pic ``RocketMan'' doesn't have enough of the right stuff to make it a real blast.

January 2, 2018 | Full Review…

A so-so sophomoric space comedy.

December 18, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I was stunned by how much I laughed at Harland Williams' juvenile antics in this silly little comedy.

October 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5


March 11, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for RocketMan

Rocketman is a horrible comedy with a bad cast. I've never liked Harland Williams, I find him to be quite one dimensional. This an awful film that has nothing whatsoever going for it. The comedy falls flat, and in the end there's nothing good about this. The film fails to deliver memorable gags and good jokes. The performances are horrible, and the film is total crap. I hated this one, this is a bad film that is a comedy worth forgetting. Harland Williams is a one of the worst comedians, and his only good film was Halfed Baked. If you give him the lead role, well you get garbage like this. The comedy sucks, and the actors seem bored, I can't blame theme. The film should never have been made. This is a painful comedy that doesn't deliver on anything. The humour is juvenile, poorly written and just misses the mark. Maybe this film could have worked. Unfortunately it doesn't. Rocketman is a horrible film, and is one of the worst comedies that I have seen. Rocketman is a film that is poorly conceived, poorly written and plainly boring from start to finish. This film proves that Harland Williams isn't a good comedic actor, and this is a bland film that is too silly too really get into and enjoy. Avoid this film and watch something else, you'll be better off. This film just sucks.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Easily forgettable.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


The main actor annoys me here. He plays the childish buffoon without any likability. Instead he just angers with his constant twattishness. At some point this irritating behaviour was adopted for protagonists of family films. It makes slapstick easy, but enjoyment difficult. It was bearable as some moments were genuinely funny. Even if Williams' delivery was off, he was supported by enough real actors to add some substance around him.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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