Space Cowboys

Space Cowboys

Clint Eastwood (2000)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A former Air Force test pilot, who was sidelined from space exploration because of his difficult character, is recruited 40 years later to help America's post-Cold War Russian allies. Teaming up with three fellow veteran airmen, he uses his expertise in navigation to stop a malfunctioning Soviet satellite from crashing to Earth. Adventure, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. With Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, Donald Sutherland and James Cromwell.

Cast & 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
Director Clint Eastwood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Nudity, edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Sep 2000