Epic film based on a true story about Russian space and missile industry and it's founder Sergei P. Korolev (as the leading character Andrei Bashkirtsev). Before WWII he develops the first rocket launch center in Central Russia and makes the "Katyusha" weapon. In spite of his arrest and imprisonment, he continues working on rocket design. He is released from prison upon his request to fight in the front-line against the Nazis. After WWII he makes a new rocket system for the nuclear missiles program, and another new rocket that launched "Sputnik" in 1957. Next achievement is the first man in space and several other human space missions. Korolev's uncompromising character causes him many problems with Soviet politicians, and he dies from a heart attack. His mission is carried on by his colleagues. Note: Footages of Baykonur Kosmodrome in Kazakhstan and of the Soviet Space Center in Moscow are adding authenticity to the film, but most of the footage had not been released to the public. ... Written by
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Estimated budget in today's economy is over US$100 million. All Soviet movie industry was part of the government which employed all actors, crew and staff and also provided all equipment, transportation, accommodation and special effects for the movie - including numerous rocket science sites and actual launches of Soviet space rockets at several top secret locations, such as Baykonur Kosmodrome in Kazakstan, Space centers in Crimea, Ukraine, OKB 1 and OKB 3 Space labs in Samara and Saratov and Gagarin Space center near Moscow. See more