“Space Cowboys” is a fun movie. It stars Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner. While I enjoy “Space Cowboys”, watching it makes me feel old. I remember watching all four of its stars back in their heydays when they, and I, were much younger.
Eastwood is electrical engineer Frank Corvin, Jones is pilot Hawk Hawkins, Sutherland is designer Jerry O’Neill and Garner is navigator Tank Sutherland. In 1958, the four men were test pilots who were destined to be the first men sent into space. However, Eugene Davis, played by William Devane, was determined to keep the men out of the fledging space organization, NASA, and labeled them as non-team players.
Years later, the four men are leading quiet, individual lives when Frank is contacted by NASA. It seems that a Russian satellite is about to crash into the Earth’s atmosphere, and the guiding system onboard the satellite was designed by Frank and his crew. Frank agrees to help, with one condition: that his former crew of Hawk, Jerry and Tank are called in to assist him.
Davis, their former nemesis, is now a mission leader with NASA, and is against using the hot shot team. However, since the technology is outdated, no one currently with NASA knows how to fix the satellite. Since Frank won’t help out unless the rest of the team joins him, NASA has no choice but to reunite the former group.
After struggling to pass their physicals, the foursome is ready to head into outer space. The old team is joined by two young astronauts, who quickly learn they are outpaced and outsmarted by the oldsters.