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Beyond the Stars (1989)

PG | | Sci-Fi, Drama | 31 March 1989 (USA)
Eric moves to his dad in Oregon after accidentally firing a rocket into his high school. He befriends Mara and a retired astronaut.


David Saperstein




Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Paul Andrews
Christian Slater ... Eric Michaels
Robert Foxworth ... Richard Michaels
Sharon Stone ... Laurie McCall
Olivia d'Abo ... Mara Simons
F. Murray Abraham ... Dr. Harry Bertram
Don S. Davis ... Phil Clawson (as Don Davis)
William S. Taylor ... Dr. Willis (as William Taylor)
Babs Chula ... Anne Michaels
Terence Kelly ... Al Fletcher (as Terrence Kelly)
Freda Perry Freda Perry ... Cynthia Rogers
Campbell Lane ... Alex Stamas
William B. Davis ... Hal Simon (as William Davis)
Ilena Cary Ilena Cary ... Ellie Keller
Robert Benedetti Robert Benedetti ... NASA (voice) (as Bob Benedetti)


This Sci-Fi Drama centers around the teen-age Eric, son of a computer scientist who worked for the Apollo mission which sent the first human to the moon. Eric, determined to become an astronaut himself one day, befriends Paul Andrews, the thirteenth man on the moon. Paul is avoided by other astronauts nowadays, because he was very rude and rebuffing when he returned from space. Only slowly Eric learns that Paul discovered something, during his excursion on the moon, that he keeps as a secret. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Sci-Fi | Drama


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An early scene shows Laurie driving Eric from Portland, Oregon, to Cedar Bay, Oregon. They cross a major waterway on a 3-lane suspension bridge. The only waterway that big near Portland is the Columbia River; if you cross it you are in Washington, and the only bridges are Interstate highway bridges with more than 3 lanes. (It's actually the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver.) See more »

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(Closing quote) "In honor of their heroic deeds and the sacrifices they made so that all of humanity might someday walk among the stars." See more »


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Performed by La Famiglia
Written by John Lombardo
Courtesy of Finger Songs, BMI
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An unexpected pleasure
23 September 2006 | by penhallegowjSee all my reviews

When I read the description, and the film's title, I was expecting some pretty cheesy 80's TV treacle. However, as a sucker for movies that involve NASA in some regard, particularly those that deal with the Apollo Program, I had to give it a try.

I was very surprised, then, to find myself being drawn into it and caring about the characters. It was much better than I had expected, and the performances were quite solid. Sheen and Foxworth were very good, Slater was reasonably believable, and Abraham stole his scenes. The female characters were sympathetic and believable. I was also surprised how front and center Apollo was - it didn't just serve as a disposable backdrop for the drama. All in all Beyond the Stars was well worth the viewing, but I agree that the sci-fi ending did cheapen the drama slightly. And the title - whew - they could have done better than that!

I have to chuckle, however, at a description I read of Slater's character being a "troubled" teenager. Ha! Most people should be so lucky to have a kid that respects his parents, wants to follow in his dad's footsteps and study science and math, and plans to go to MIT. Yeah - that kid's a real disaster.

Anyway, a few of the technical space details were off (particularly during the Huntsville trip), and the music was pretty dated, but those are mostly nits. Overall this was a reasonably intelligent and mature drama with a strong Apollo background - and an unexpected pleasure.

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31 March 1989 (USA) See more »

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Huntsville, Alabama, USA See more »

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