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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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Dr. Wilhelm von Huber
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Ralph Stanton
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Ed the Bully
James Benson ...
Gertz
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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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Together they surprised America and made history.

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Rated PG for some language and peril | See all certifications »
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15 March 2002 (USA)  »

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$4,750,000 (estimated)
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The character Roger Thornhill (played by William Devane) is clearly a reference to Cary Grant's character, Roger O. Thornhill in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). See more »

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Although set in Cocoa Beach, Florida, Billy's jet ride with Alan Shepard lands at what is clearly Edwards Air Force base in California. There are no mountains in Florida, yet the air strip background clearly shows a Mojave mountain range. See more »

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References High Noon (1952) See more »

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Stupid, contrived, ludicrous, insipid
30 January 2004 | by (San Diego, California) – See 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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