X-15 (1961)





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In this drama, three test pilots prepare the X-15 rocket plane for a test flight in the California desert. During the test something goes awry and one of them dies heroically trying to save the lives of his co-pilots. The story centers on both their professional and their private lives. It also provides interesting explanations of the new aeronautical technology. The film is narrated by Jimmy Stewart.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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United Artists


David McLean
as Matt Powell
Charles Bronson
as Lt. Col. Lee Brandon
Ralph Taeger
as Maj. Ernest Wilde
Brad Dexter
as Maj. Anthony Rinaldi
James Gregory
as Torn Deparma
Lisabeth Hush
as Diane Wilde
Mary Tyler Moore
as Pamela Stewart
Patricia Owens
as Margaret Brandon
Kenneth Tobey
as Col. Craig Brewster
Stanley Livingston
as Mike Brandon
Lauren Gilbert
as Col. Jessup
Phil Dean
as Maj. McCully
Chuck Stanford
as Lt. Cmdr. Joe Lacrosse
Patty McDonald
as Susan Brandon
Mike MacKane
as B-52 Pilot
Robert Dornan
as Test Engineer
Frank Watkins
as Security Policeman
Barbara Kelley
as Secretary
James Stewart
as Narrator
Richard Norris
as Operator
Pat Renella
as Engineers
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X-15 is a good film about the project of the same name. This is a well acted film that is fairly accurate to the real tests, as it was made the same period of the X-15 tests. Richard Donner directs this film, and delivers an entertaining drama that grabs your attention. The film is quite interesting, but should have dropped the romance sub plot, which I felt was not necessary considering that the story itself is entertaining enough. However, it works well as a drama, and adventure film, and it is one of those forgotten films that needs to be seen again. This is also noted as one of the first few Bronson films, but unlike his later work, this one is not an action/ vigilante film. X-15 is a must see for viewers interested in the story of the project. This isn't a classic by any means, but it most certainly is a worthwhile film to watch and it most certainly is a well shot picture for the time period. Donner would helm better films over the course of his career, but X-15 clearly shows the confidence of a director who knows how to tell an engaging story with a terrific cast at his disposal. Considering this is Richard Donner's directorial debut, X-15 is an accomplished picture that deserves to be rediscovered by genre fans. For what it is, it's an exhilarating, well directed film that tells an important story. The film has its flaws, but it works well due to a good script and a good cast. X-15 is not a film I would recommend to everyone, but for those interested in this project, give it a view, as it is a well crafted picture that is never dull or tiresome.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Historically inaccurate portrayal of the first test pilots to reach the edge of space; the film's redeeming quality is that its combination of human drama and aerospace technicalities, influenced both Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff.

Kenneth Elliott
Kenneth Elliott

5.5/10. Interesting from the aspect of the X-15, the angle of the wives at home and the personal life of the pilots is quite hokey and not necessary. It should have left the personal drama out. It makes for a peculiar mix of genre's. Notable for very early performances from Mary Tyler Moore and Charles Bronson.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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