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Release Date: October 9th, 1997

DVD Release Date: June 25th, 1997

PG|3 hr 13 min

Plot Summary
This adaptation of the non-fiction novel by Tom Wolfe chronicles the first 15 years of America's space program. By focusing on the lives of the Mercury astronauts, including John Glenn (Ed Harris) and Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn), the film recounts the dangers and frustrations experienced by those involved with NASA's earliest achievements. It also depicts their family lives and the personal crises they endured during an era of great political turmoil and technological innovation.

Cast: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Kim Stanley, Veronica Cartwright

Director: Philip Kaufman

Genres: Docudrama

Production Co: The Ladd Company

Keywords: Quest, Emotional, Inspiring, 1960s, Rise, 1940s, 1950s, Wife


Nominated Art Direction
Winner Film Editing
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Cinematography
Winner Sound Effects Editing
Winner Music (Original Score)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
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