Film (1986). ABC. Directed by Harry Winer. Written by W W Wicket, Casey T Mitchell, from a story by Patrick Bailey, Larry B Williams. Cast includes Kate Capshaw, Tate Donovan, Leaf Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Larry B Scott, Tom Skerritt and Lea Thompson. 108 minutes. Colour.
At a NASA-sponsored summer space camp, a Space Flight simulation in a space shuttle becomes the real thing after the intervention of a well-meaning Robot, and four teenagers and a small boy have to replenish their oxygen from a satellite and then bring the shuttle down again. With the help of the Force – from Star Wars (1977) – and their own self-reliance they manage. This implausible but patriotic advertisement for Teamwork and the American Way has plenty of tension (and, in the wake of the Challenger disaster, plenty of bad taste), but stereotyped characters, mediocre process work in the space scenes and flat direction render it routine. The novelization is Space Camp (1986 chap) by B B Hiller and Neil W Hiller [PN]
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