When a Russian satellite orbiting the Earth starts to veer off course. It seems like the guidance system in the satellite is of American origin. It's important to try and fix it before it comes into the atmosphere. The NASA man, Bob Gerson tries to find out who designed it and discovers that it was designed by Frank Corvin, an Air Force pilot who 40 years ago was part of the team who was originally suppose to go to space but when NASA was formed and Gerson's influence they were dropped. Gerson asks Frank to help but Frank still holds a grudge. But after some prodding he agrees but only if he and his team can go there so he can fix it. Gerson reluctantly agrees so Frank recruits his former team members, Tank Sullivan, Jerry O'Neill and Hawk Hawkins to join him. After some strenuous tests, they're cleared. And they go up with two other astronauts and check out the satellite and discover that they weren't told the whole truth.Written by
James Garner's "unprofessional" and awkward sermon-style is very similar to Clint Eastwood in the beginning of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (where he was hiding-out in a small town as a preacher). Only Garner's character is actually ordained. See more »
Actual NASA Payload Assist Modules have solid-fueled rocket motors that can't be shut off remotely. Solid-fueled rocket motors generate thrust until all of their fuel has been expended. See more »
[the younger astronauts have given Team Daedalus some Ensure as a gag]
I'd drink this. It's good for your libido.
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The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow logos are static and in a grayish tone on a black background, rather than being animated and in full color. See more »
In some television versions, Tank's recitation of Alan Shepard's prayer "Dear Lord, please don't let me fuck up" is replaced by "Dear Lord, please don't let me screw up". See more »
As always. The people putting in the post here are looking for too much in this movie. This was a fun old geezer movie. So what if it reeked of Armageddon. Client Eastwood going around collecting men to help him save the world. Just like Bruce Willis did. So what if a lot of the "Scientific Facts" did not mess out correctly. Who cares. This was a funny and entertaining movie. I laughed in all of the right places. Just pure entertainment. Nothing to take all serious. Get over it!!!!! If you wanted something serious - read a book.
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