January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #42 of the 48.
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Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this on cable numerous times as a kid and was always amazed at the way that they depict the space program. This film actually helped cultivate my love for the history of the space program and movies featured in the genre to this very day.
“Funding. That’s what makes your ships go up. I’ll tell you something, and you guys too: No bucks, no Buck Rodgers.” – Recruiter
Number of Times Seen – No clue, but at least ten times (Cable in the 80’s, 29 Sep 2014 and 26 Jan 2021)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Chronicle of the beginning of the US Space Program in the 50’s and the missions of the first 7 chosen astronauts in the Mercury Program.
My Take on it – Spectacular film that does such an amazing job showing the way that the US Space Program was born and the men and women who helps make it such a success despite numerous failures along the way. The cats is amazing with Fred Ward, Sam Shepherd, Barbara Hershey, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Jeff Goldblum and Scott Glenn are giving us some great performances as these great men and women. The film takes its time developing all of the characters in unique ways which helps make the competition between the various men of different branches of The Armed Forces more profound. The way that they show the various tests these men needed to endure is quite impressive and allows us to see that things were quite rigorous in the way that it all played out for them while training. The script by Philip Kaufman based on the novel by Tom Wolf is amazing and helps make us really feel the kinds of experiences that these men went through. Kaufman’s directing of the story is also great and is able to help keep things paced so well that the story never falls into a lull despite its 3 hour+ run time. Such an inspiring film that works so well however many times one watches it. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While several of the lead actors chose to meet their real-life counterparts, Scott Glenn elected not to meet with Alan Shepard. Scott said he wanted to get down Shepard’s character and nuances by observation and by hearing others’ points of view. After filming, the real Alan Shepard wrote writer and director Philip Kaufman and commented on Scott Glenn’s “spot-on” performance – except for “not being nearly as good-looking as he was.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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