However, once it gets into orbit, Spacecamp surprises one and pick up to become a halfway decent endeavour. In these scenes it provides a fairly accurate and interesting view of NASA technology at work. (It was all filmed on location in the real-life Spacecamp and the actual Atlantis shuttle simulator in Huntsville, Alabama). The characters and dilemmas come in such a way that one can see the outcome and the individual lesson each character must learn moving into place miles ahead, but each dramatic frisson is manoeuvred well enough. The end result falls halfway between passable competence and that initial deadening earnestness that nearly kills the show.
Of the teens, at least Lea Thompson plays with a moody complexity that gives more to the role than the others who play their squabbles as though they are auditioning for tv sitcoms. The effects work is considerably let down by a preponderance of blue matte lines around just about everything. The films unfortunate problem was in being made just before the Challenger space shuttle disaster, something that ended up having its release delayed by six months and then being released to only middling box-office response.
Director Harry Winers one other entry into genre cinema was the fascinating faked Bigfoot documentary The Legend of Bigfoot (1975).
Film online in several parts beginning here:-