Space Cowboys

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones & Donald Sutherland
Warner Home Video
Certificate: PG
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When a decades-old Russian communications satellite begins to fail, only the original American designer of its guidance system can fix the problem. Eventually, it transpires that the satellite has a more sinister purpose.

Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner (not to mention James Cromwell). What a cast! If nothing else, Space Cowboys features an impressive clutch of the most mature stars presently on the Hollywood scene. Yes, it really is geriatrics in space, but with cast like this, you know you are going to be in for a treat. Okay, this is not a blockbuster movie full of endless action, bangs and flashes, but there is never a dull moment. The pace is measured, yes, but the story holds together, there is an effective level of tension and as a piece of drama the film cannot be faulted. To maintain credibility, the stars go in for plenty of self-deprecating humour, and there is some amusing sparring with the younger support actors. One thing is certain, Eastwood and his creaky co-stars can still cut it on the silver screen (or your TV), and special credit to Tommy Lee Jones for some genuinely touching moments.

Once into space, the story really picks up in pace, and there are some excellent special effects, most notably during the spacewalk sequences.

A fun, at times touching, but always highly enjoyable movie.

Jeff Watson

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