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Countdown (1967)

 -  Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  February 1968 (USA)
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Desperate to reach the moon first, NASA sends a man and shelter separately, one-way. He must find it to survive; he can't return until Apollo is ready.

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When the U.S. learns the Soviets are about to launch a manned mission to the moon, they feel it imperative that they get there first. The moon program isn't ready to launch yet so they decide to send one man in a modified Gemini capsule that will be able to land on the moon. The astronaut will have to stay there for up to a year - in a special built shelter that will be sent ahead of time - until an Apollo mission can rescue him. The obvious choice for the mission is Chiz, who knows the Gemini inside out but the Soviets are sending civilians, not military men, so geologist Lee Stegler is asked to go. He has only three weeks however to learn about the intricacies of the spacecraft and no one is sure if he will make it. Written by garykmcd

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The motion picture that puts a man on the moon ... and you will follow him every terrifying second of the way ... See more »

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In later years, director Robert Altman liked to claim that the movie never played in theaters in Los Angeles, but it in fact did. See more »

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The story takes place in Florida but there are hills and low mountains in the background of many exterior scenes (except for the ones actually showing launch pad at the NASA Space Center at Cape Canaveral). The highest elevation in Florida is only 345 feet and it is only 10 feet above sea level at Cape Canaveral. See more »

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Not bad at all
27 October 2001 | by (Nashua, New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

I've just got to throw my 2 cents in. I thought the Countdown was an excellent movie. The acting is what carries it for sure, but the special effects aren't bad either for the time period.

I've seen Apollo 13 with Hanks and I thought this picture did a better job of portraying tension, ( although fictitious ) within the capsule. Robert Duvall is a superior actor as is James Caan. The overall dismay he portrays when not picked for the mission, and the subsiquent attempt to discredit Caan is great acting!


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