20th Century Fox/ABC (Patrick Bailey & Walter
W: Clifford Green, Ellen Green & Casey T.
DP: William A. Fraker
Ed: John W. Wheeler & Timothy Board
Mus: John Williams
PD: Richard MacDonald
Kate Capshaw (Andie Bergstrom), Lea Thompson (Kathryn
Fairly), Tate Donovan (Kevin Donaldson), Kelly Preston (Tish Ambrose), Larry B. Scott (Rudy Tyler), Leaf (Joaquin) Phoenix (Max Graham), Tom Skerritt (Zach Bernstrom), Frank Welker (voice of
Spacecamp is one of those silly 80's movies which only
really worked at the time, funded by a television company, it does have a televisual style about it, lacking the cinematic edge to really give the story some teeth.
The Breakfast Club in space is the general premise, as a
mixed bag of kids are sent into orbit by a child's wish and a meddling robot. That and if they weren't launched out of the atmosphere, the alternative would've resulted in a launch pad
explosion which NASA would have certainly been keen to avoid (negative press & all that).
It's an adventure for kids. That's all it ever intended to
be and all it ever will be, though kids who watched it during the 1980's will be more appreciative of it than kids watching it nowadays. It has dated incredibly poorly, especially with visual
effects which certainly aren't out of this world and a really annoying tin-can robot that looks far too cheap to have a job at NASA.
It gave Joaquin Phoenix his feature film debut (credited
as Leaf Phoenix) as a Star Wars obsessed member of the team. Definitely more camp than it is space.