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Race to Space (2001)

PG | | Drama, Family | 15 March 2002 (USA)
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In the 1960s a young woman works at NASA as an animal trainer responsible for the chimpanzee who will go into space.

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Sean McNamara
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Dr. Wilhelm von Huber
Annabeth Gish ... Dr. Donni McGuinness
Alex D. Linz ... Wilhelm 'Billy' von Huber
Wesley Mann ... Rudolph
Patrick Richwood ... Dieter
William Devane ... Roger Thornhill
Mark Moses ... Alan Shepard
William Atherton ... Ralph Stanton
Michael Tylo ... Guidance Technician
Scott Thompson Baker Scott Thompson Baker ... Telemetry Technician
Michael Jeffrey Woods Michael Jeffrey Woods ... Dexterity Technician
Taylor Beacom ... Ed the Bully (as T.J. Beacom)
James Benson James Benson ... Gertz
Janis Benson Janis Benson ... Gerta
Jack McGee ... Fielding
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Storyline

In the 1960s a young woman works at NASA as an animal trainer responsible for the chimpanzee who will go into space.

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Together they surprised America and made history.

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for some language and peril | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avventura nello spazio See more »

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Budget:

$4,750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie shares many commonalities with Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, including the problems with designing the Mercury capsule and the presence of Mac the chimp and Alan Shepherd. See more »

Goofs

There are 3 continuity errors when Billy takes a ride with Alan Shepard: 1. The plane on the tarmac has a different tail number than the plane in flight. 2. The plane on the tarmac has no name under the rear seat's canopy but the plane in flight does. 3. When Billy makes a left turn the exterior shot is flopped to make the plane's right turn appear to be a left turn (the tail number is mirrored). See more »

Connections

References The Hunt for Red October (1990) See more »

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Stupid, contrived, ludicrous, insipid
30 January 2004 | by karnSee all my reviews

Anyone even mildly annoyed by the character of Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation will want to throw their TV out the window when they see this turkey. Remember how, week after week, young Wesley would always find some amazing way to pull the Enterprise out of trouble and all those highly trained and experienced Starfleet officers could only stand around and gape in wonder? Well, this movie is far, far worse. Anyone even remotely aware of the real history of Project Mercury will retch at the liberties taken with basic facts by this movie.

I don't expect historical accuracy in a film like this. But this movie is full of tired cliches (such as James Woods' German scientist) and ludicrous plot holes that even kids should see right through. For example, our hero discovers that a corrupt NASA manager has sabotaged a launch to gain a lucrative position with an aerospace contractor. Now one would ordinarily expect someone in such a position to immediately inform the appropriate security officials, right? Not in this movie. No, the kid, his father and a few of his co-workers secretly fix the rocket themselves!

I suppose this movie might amuse some very, very young kids, but that's about it.


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