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An involving sci-fi thriller concerned with the space race to the moon by rival superpowers, Russia and USA.
Blocky men test themselves in perilous missions, but modernist tension cracks the mold of classicism
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it may seem kinda silly now but the space race was a huge deal in the '60's when it seemed imperative that the u.s. reach the moon before the russians. this is a good tense character-driven drama of two buddies competing to be the single astronaut who will make the trip. james caan and robert duvall were both near the beginning of their long careers; this was the first of many onscreen pairings and they remain good friends. the film is also notable as being robert altman's first feature as a director-for-hire after much work in tv and documentary films. the producers weren't exactly pleased with his more radical ideas and he either quit or was fired before the final cut. it's a bit corny at times, special effects are weak and the ending is predictable but this was a solid debut. and two years later he made MASH and received his first oscar nomination so it's all good
Believably told early Robert Altman film. Good cast of rising stars. It?s suspenseful and tense. The characters are very well developed.
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