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Space Camp (1986)

Kate Capshaw , Lea Thompson , Harry Winer  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott, Joaquin Phoenix
  • Directors: Harry Winer
  • Writers: Patrick Bailey, Casey T. Mitchell, Clifford Green, Larry B. Williams
  • Producers: David Salven, Leonard Goldberg, Patrick Bailey
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015HVM4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,193 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Space Camp" on IMDb

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Zero gravity meets zero fear in this cosmic comedy-adventure about a summer camp where regular kidscheck in and real astronauts check out! Starring Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott, Leaf Phoenix and Tate Donovan, SpaceCamp is a wild and wonderful thrill-ride packed with 'special effects'spectacular moments (Film Journal) and a gripping climax (Time Out) that's out of this world! For five typical teens, NASA's space camp promises to be a fun wayto blow off the summer. But when a space shuttle exercise misfires, they find themselves launched into orbit, facing the adventure of a lifetime. Now, the only way back to Earth is to take command ofthe ship and control of their destinies, before timeand oxygenrun out!

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
When the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 occurred the movie "Collateral Damage"was pulled from release, to be postponed for months after the incident. It's also quite common for television stations to pull a scheduled showing of a disaster movie when a real-life disaster occurs. However, there is perhaps no more glaring example of bad timing having an adverse affect on a movies chances than SPACECAMP.
It's 1986 and the United States feels pretty good about itself. It's clearly winning the Cold War and under the Reagan administration the country feels strong and prosperous. The U.S. also seems to be winning in the space race too with the first teacher set to go up on a shuttle mission and a movie on a group of kids being accidentally sent into space due to be released among a slate of fun summer movies.
Yet all that changed on Jan. 28, 1986 when the United States (along with the rest of the world) is rocked by the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. Initially scheduled for a June release date the family movie "SpaceCamp" is pushed back into the doldrums of the fall, it seems the country is not able to stomach a movie that makes light of the dangers of space travel when the country is in the shadow of a real-life disaster.
This was highly unfortunate and the lack of box office has meant that this movie has been mostly forgotten. Sure, there is no Oscar worthy performances here and the script seems to be somewhat sophomoric at times, but it is entertaining in its execution, with a great soundtrack by the legendary John Williams and it has an appealing cast headed by the gorgeous Lea Thompson (from the Back to the Future movies) and (future wife of Steven Spielberg and female lead in the second Indiana Jones movie) Kate Capshaw.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic for Astronaut Wannabe's April 2, 2004
Format:DVD
And this one time...at Space Camp...I kissed a girl under the SRBs (Solid Rocket Boosters)...and I got to go around and re-live different scenes from the movie, especially repeating all of Leaf Phoenix's star wars references during mission simulations..it was too much fun...LOL...but still true... Certainly, there are tons of things wrong about the movie that would never happen at Space Camp or in real life, but that's hollywood and that's what makes it fun. And when this was made, Space Camp itself was a pipe dream for many kids and the lucky few who got to attend as youngsters were treated like Gods, and are still revered today, so this movie was a way for us poor folks to go to camp without forking out the bucks. Therefore to those of us who actually grew up in the 80's and remember seeing this move in the theater and the excitement of a space shuttle launch and still have dreams of being an astronaut, and for those of us who have worked at Space Camp its' definately a priceless jewel in the DVD treasure chest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic adventure epic March 17, 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
I remember recieving this on video from my mother a few years ago. I put it aside, never watched it. It wasn't a widely released title.
Years later, 3 years ago from now, I picked it up and put it in my VCR. What I saw was one of the most beautiful, wonderful stories ever to capture an idea that space is beyond magic - it's much more.
The story starts with 3 teenagers, a kid and an instructor, taught and teaching what it is like in outer blackness, what to expect and basically how to survive. One test is to sit in a space craft and get used to its feeling. During their exploration of the space craft, a robot named 'Jinx', a handyman for N.A.S.A, who is great friends with 'Max', the young child on part of the Space Camp team, pushes the button to launch the space craft in to space, as a wish of 'Max'.
And so they are launched. The craft was only ready with 2 oxygen tanks; no where near enough to last them the flight back in to the Earth's atmosphere. Upon entering space, they must work as a team, which proved difficult during Space Camp, collect tanks of Oxygen from the space centre in the black yonder and make it back to Earth alive.
This is their one chance of working together as a team, and ultimetly, surviving.
At one point, 'Max' goes to help Andy, the instructor, who has been knocked out by an oxygen tank that flies towards her, and himself, starts to drift out in to the depths of Space. The visuals are extra-ordinary, and there is immense intense during viewing.
When the credits roll, you've just seen an epic, and you'll never be able to stop talking about it.
Beautiful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still worth a look March 11, 2005
Format:DVD
Space Camp is about a group of youngsters attending the summer school of the title. During their time there they learn about becoming astronauts, NASA, the space programme etc. There are the usual teenage conflicts between some members of the group and authority.

When they get the chance to actually sit in a Shuttle whilst tests are made they think that is the ultimate adventure. Unfortunately a robot called JINX who has befriended Max (a very young Joaquin Phoenix), decided to help Max get into space for real and ensures the Shuttle is actually launched. This is where the group realise what adventure really is!

Formulaic movie with no real surprises but still quite a good film to watch, particularly for the youngsters. There are no extras (not even subtitles for the deaf) but it's a low enough price to forgive that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
It's a movie and it played in my dvd player...works fine.. kids love it and watch it often. Very please with order.
Published 2 months ago by Melissa Valdez
5.0 out of 5 stars great condition and arrived on time!
My order arrived on time and in perfect condition. The price was right and I got what I hoped for. The movie plays like it should. I'm very satisfied with my purchase.
Published 4 months ago by Nichole77
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like robots you will like JINX.
This story is a good one if one can overlook the technical aspects of the more recent space shuttle flights. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kelly S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure
Timeless movie for kids. Shown at the end of our Science unit on Space for a wrap up. Excellent for life skills education, team-work building and not judging a book by its cover.
Published 8 months ago by Cindy Griesheimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Disney Movie
What Can I say Great Comedy. Beautiful Kate Capshaw and a Young Kelly Preston. Love Jinx Robot can launch SpaceShuttle.
Published 9 months ago by Mark Lywak
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for all ages!
My children and I loved this when it first came out, and my grandchildren love it now. I wish there were more decent, clean, inspiring family movies like this.
Published 10 months ago by Debbie
3.0 out of 5 stars Back in time
My son remembered seeing this movie when he was growing up. Now he wanted to watch it again and share with his children.
They had a great time! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Monique Strocco
4.0 out of 5 stars cute movie
My 7 & 9 year old daughters loved this movie. A few bad words in the movie. So PG-13 is probably a correct rating.
Published 12 months ago by Elizabeth C. Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic family movie
I love this movie, I grew up watching it. It is so sweet and cute and has an ending I can live with, which is not something I can say about so many movies these days. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cazbaz
5.0 out of 5 stars happy customer
nostalgic flick.. great movie.. jinx is the man.. cheap price.. totally glad i found it. lookin for all old school movies from 80's and 90's, during my era
Published 13 months ago by Jeff Arnold
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