Space Cowboys

  • PG
  • Clint Eastwood (2000)
  • US / Aus
  • 125 min
Space Cowboys
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This self-deprecating and winningly indulgent cosmic adventure from director/producer/star Clint Eastwood is a complete macho-fuelled fantasy set in the ultra-realistic world of Nasa operations today. With an irresistible premise - four elderly astronauts finally get the chance to go into orbit 40 years after being sidelined by a monkey - this slice of gung-ho wish-fulfilment is an entertaining feel-good pleasure. Eastwood's Team Daedalus is called back into service because no other has the obsolete knowledge to prevent a Cold-War era Russian telecommunications satellite from crashing to Earth. There's absolutely no point in taking anything seriously in this hi-tech Peter Pan fable. Even the space-set climax, brilliantly constructed by Star Wars supremo George Lucas's company (Industrial Light and Magic) from actual photographs, space shuttle footage, miniatures and digital animation, lacks any real thrills or suspense because the outcome is obvious from the start. But Eastwood and his co-stars shine as the ageing spacemen, wheezing through basic training, navigating past feuds and becoming all-American heroes. Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner also reveal the right stuff as well as the true meaning of star charisma and career longevity.

Plot Summary

Space adventure starring Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner as four ageing ex-pilots who, in their youth, were passed over as astronauts. But when an old satellite malfunctions, the old-timers are finally given the opportunity to go into space.

Cast and crew


Frank D Corvin
Clint Eastwood
Hawk Hawkins
Tommy Lee Jones
Jerry O'Neill
Donald Sutherland
Tank Sullivan
James Garner
Bob Gerson
James Cromwell
Sara Holland
Marcia Gay Harden
Eugene Davis
William Devane
Ethan Glance
Loren Dean
Roger Hines
Courtney B Vance
Doctor Anne Caruthers
Blair Brown
Jay Leno
Jay Leno
General Vostov
Rade Serbedzija
Barbara Corvin
Barbara Babcock
Young Frank
Toby Stephens


Clint Eastwood

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Nudity, edited for language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 22 Sep 2000
Certificate PG