About

A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow 'boy scout' of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth; and the remaining pilots: Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter and Wally Schirra.

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Directed by

Philip Kaufman

Written by

Philip Kaufman (Screenplay)
Tom Wolfe (Novel)

Runtime

193 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

How the future began.

Cast

Keywords

politics space travel based on novel or book epic 1960s historical figure 1950s pilot nasa cold war astronaut flight 1940s test pilot space race answering machine u.s. air force sound barrier lyndon johnson space program

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Lists

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

#754 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Awards

Oscar for Best Sound Mark Berger Randy Thom

Oscar for Best Film Editing Lisa Fruchtman Tom Rolf

Oscar for Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing

Oscar for Best Music, Original Score Bill Conti