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A slightly better than average Cold War Space Race movie. All of the actors give credible performances and the technology used was mostly things that NASA may have been able to do at the time. After some historical research, it seems that NASA did do some early research into a mission profile similar to the one that the movie uses in the story, although with 2 men, not one.
I remember seeing this was I was little. The Gemini lander looked a little strange to me. It's interesting to see which way we went to the moon now. I also enjoy Caan and Duvall's performances. You can see how their skills are forming. I think Caan's next film was Redline 7000. The motel room set looks similar. Anyway, although dated, this film is good entertainment for us "NASA Geeks".
Robert Altman's first non-documentary feature, released a year or two before Apollo 11. The space race - and a manned flight to the moon - is fine fodder for drama, but Loring Mandel's script is extremely cut-and-dry. Altman hasn't broken free of his TV roots yet, and the result is plodding and (especially in hindsight) somewhat lifeless.
An early Robert Altman film bears little resemblance to his later films, but is a fine film none-the-less. Good cast and it's also fun to watch for Altman touches that you would see play a larger role in his later classic films. This was particularly evident during an early party scene in the film.
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
Decidedly cruddy sophomore feature from Robert Altman. He obviously didn't pick up his distinctive style until MASH - this is just basically television. In Panavision. Small comfort. James Caan is kinda terrible, but Robert Duvall brings whatever he can to the table. The ending is perhaps one of the most anti-climactic I've ever seen.