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SpaceCamp (Space Camp)1986

SpaceCamp (Space Camp) (1986)




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This is an eerily prescient family adventure starring Kate Capshaw as Andie, a frustrated NASA astronaut who's never actually been into outer space. Her husband, flight controller Zach (Tom Skerritt), is sympathetic, but he can't influence her place in the rotation. Andie is assigned to train a group of intelligent high school students at the summer science camp called Space Camp, which is run by NASA and supervised by her husband. There she meets her campers: Kevin (Tate Donovan), a blasé, horny teenager; Tish (Kelly Preston), an airhead with a photographic memory; Kathryn (Lea Thompson), an arrogant pilot; obnoxious youngster Max (Joaquin Phoenix, then billed under the first name Leaf); and scientist-in-training Rudy (Larry B. Scott). While testing the solid booster rockets aboard a real shuttle, the team is blasted into space accidentally. Without enough air, the discordant team pulls together, each discovering hidden talents. The Challenger space shuttle disaster in January 1986 was bizarrely similar to the events depicted in Spacecamp, with far more horrific results. Its release date pushed back several months because of the tragedy, the film was still a painful reminder to the public of the national calamity, and it consequently grossed only about ten million dollars at the box office.


Kate Capshaw
as Andie Bergstrom
Lea Thompson
as Kathryn Fairly
Kelly Preston
as Tish Ambrosei
Larry B. Scott
as Rudy Tyler
Barry Primus
as Brennan
Terry O'Quinn
as Launch Director
Scott Coffey
as Gardener
Daryl Roach
as NASA No. l
Peter Scranton
as NASA No. 2
Rocky Krakoff
as Boy on Rooftop
Terry White
as NASA No. 3
Susan Becton
as Senior Counselor
Ben D. Casey
as Rudy's Father
Ron Harris
as Tom the Technician
Scott Holcomb
as Hideo Takamini
Kevin Gage
as Counselor No. 2
Saundra McGuire
as Rudy's Mother
Bill Phillips
as Kathryn's Father
Jon Steigman
as Bully in Dorm
Adrian Wells
as Rudy's Brother
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Critic Reviews for SpaceCamp (Space Camp)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

Would anyone like this movie? Juvenile space nuts, maybe. But they'd be too sophisticated.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

"This Summer's Greatest Adventure," blared the ads for SpaceCamp -- a blatant case of false advertising, considering such popular hits as Aliens and Top Gun were also released during that particular hot-weather stretch.

October 3, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A spirited adventure featuring a delightful score by John Williams and a great group of kids that includes Leah Thompson, Tate Donovan, and Joaquin Phoenix in his film debut.

June 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like The Goonies, Space Camp is one of those cheesy '80s classics you can't genuinely enjoy unless you were about ten the first time you saw it.

October 29, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Not exactly out of this world

October 7, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Never quite hits orbit, but packs enough galactic goodies to merit a rental.

July 21, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for SpaceCamp (Space Camp)


A very charming and fun adventure about kids in space camp. It's a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

A bunch of kids on a tour of a space centre are accidentally shot into space. Happens all the time apparently; you can't launch a rocket without having to plough through all the floating toddlers. The result is a teeny bop version of Apollo 13. But rather less pompous and boring.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


So cute.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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