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Countdown (1967)

Unrated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | February 1968 (USA)
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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Trivia

Countdown is based on " the book Prigrim Project by novelist Hank Searles which like the movie has A Lady and the Tiger like ending. See more »

Goofs

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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Mickey Stegler: When you are afraid of something, it happens; the mere fact that you are afraid of it, makes it happen.
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Interesting late 60's film about space travel
17 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film is interesting although very TV-movieish in many ways (editing, melodramatic score, zooms and pans) but it had some good points nonetheless.

Many of the scenes involving characters in conflict were very realistic-people talked over each other, facial expressions, sarcasm, etc. The scene between Ross and Gus was exceptionally well done and very interesting since we had Ross trying to do his job for the government and Gus showing concern about the human element of the project.

The training simulations were cool and it seemed many were filmed at NASA or at least recreated in an authentic fashion.

This a good movie for Saturday or Sunday afternoon...give it a try and enjoy the acting, script, and low-key TV style film-making.


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