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Writers (WGA):
Eric Gardner (written by) &
Steven H. Wilson (written by)
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Release Date:
15 March 2002 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Together they surprised America and made history.
Plot:
In the 1960s a young woman works at NASA as an animal trainer responsible for the chimpanzee who will go into space. | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Interesting premise, but deeply flawed execution. See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

James Woods ... Dr. Wilhelm von Huber

Annabeth Gish ... Dr. Donni McGuinness

Alex D. Linz ... Wilhelm 'Billy' von Huber

Wesley Mann ... Rudolph

Patrick Richwood ... Dieter

William Devane ... Roger Thornhill

Mark Moses ... Alan Shepard

William Atherton ... Ralph Stanton
Michael Tylo ... Guidance Technician
Scott Thompson Baker ... Telemetry Technician
Michael Jeffrey Woods ... Dexterity Technician

Taylor Beacom ... Ed the Bully (as T.J. Beacom)
James Benson ... Gertz
Janis Benson ... Gerta

Jack McGee ... Fielding
Marc Kittay ... Rat Patrol #1
Denae Adams ... Stephanie
Pam Baumann ... Teacher Mrs. Gallagher
Tim Goodwin ... Principal Turner

John O'Hurley ... Barnett, PR Official

Jim Wise ... Air Policeman

Barry Corbin ... Earl Vestal

Brendan O'Brien ... Centrifuge Technician
Barry James ... Guard #1
John H. Johnson ... Class Technician
Jason Savage ... NASA Guard in School

Richard Steven Horvitz ... Keith (as Richard Horvitz)

John Nielsen ... Science Reporter (as John Neilsen)

Tom Dugan ... Reporter #2
Patrick Ecclesine ... Vet Technician

Kristian Truelsen ... Baldy
Christopher Doyle ... Chopper Pilot (as Chris Doyle)

Joanie Fagan ... Mother on Beach (as Joan Fagan)
Holland Hayes ... Deporter
Ben Rawnsley ... News Anchor
Tom Stearns ... OSI Agent (as Tom I. Stearns)

Kim Morgan Greene ... Thornhill Assistant
Dawn Ferry ... Sergeant
Austin Schwarz ... Little Kid (as Austin Joseph Schwartz)

Robin McWilliams ... Mrs. von Huber

Tony Jay ... Narrator (voice)

Michael Bell ... Chimp Sounds (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Craig Borden ... NASA Official (uncredited)
Colin Cook ... News Reporter (uncredited)
Kevin McGuire ... News Reporter (uncredited)
Michael S. Nunez ... News Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Sean McNamara 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Eric Gardner (written by) &
Steven H. Wilson (written by)

Produced by
David Brookwell .... producer
Glenn Greene .... executive producer
Glenn Greene .... producer
Gregory Hobson .... associate producer
Joey Paul Jensen .... associate producer
Peter Lambert .... executive producer
Al Lapin Jr. .... executive producer
Elsa Lind .... co-producer
JoAnn May-Pavey .... line producer (as Jo Ann May-Pavey)
Sean McNamara .... producer
Karen R. Sachs .... line producer: additional photography
Neil P. White .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Coda 
 
Cinematography by
Christian Sebaldt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gregory Hobson 
 
Casting by
Sarah Dalton  (as Sarah Dalton Donlan)
Joey Paul Jensen 
 
Production Design by
Dawn R. Ferry  (as Dawn Ferry)
 
Set Decoration by
Deborah Toms 
 
Costume Design by
Kristin M. Burke 
 
Makeup Department
Andre Blaise .... hair stylist: James Woods
Cindy S. Holloway .... assistant hair stylist
John E. Jackson .... special makeup assistant (as John Jackson)
Paula Kelly .... makeup artist: James Woods
Robin McWilliams .... key hair stylist
Matthew W. Mungle .... special aging prosthetics
Kelly Sturges .... assistant makeup artist
Karen Toole-Rentrop .... key makeup artist (as Karen D. Toole)
Teresa Vest .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
David Brookwell .... unit production manager
Gregory Hobson .... post-production supervisor
JoAnn May-Pavey .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Casey Lynn De Stefano .... second unit director
Annette Hobday .... second assistant director: additional photography (as Annette M. Hawley)
Jeffrey F. January .... first assistant director
Ross Novie .... first assistant director: additional photography
Aaron Penn .... second second assistant director
David Rimer .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Genevieve Abate .... props buyer
William R. Bricker .... propmaker
David Bruce .... set dresser
James Buxton .... construction foreman: additional photography
Ivan Cat .... storyboard artist
Eric V. Clemons .... lead man
Randall S. Coe .... construction coordinator
Vern Crofoot .... assistant property master
Veronica Crowley .... on-set dresser
Chris Dechert .... assistant property master
Chris Dechert .... property master: additional photography
David Delvalle .... lead man
James Gorman .... art department shopper
Dan Haberkorn .... art director: second unit
Richard Harkness .... set dresser
Derek Hughes .... set dresser
Mark Knightley .... construction coordinator: additional photography
Robin L. Kolb .... construction foreman: additional photography
Lee Lazarow .... property master
Charles Lewis .... prop assistant
Charles Lippross .... model rocket maker
Sandra Mitchell .... set dresser
Malcolm Moorman .... lead scenic artist
John Ogonoski .... propmaker
Troy Palmer-Hughes .... production design supervisor: WonderWorks
Christopher Scheetz .... propmaker (as Chris Scheetz)
Joseph E. Stone .... lead man
Chad Vachter .... swing gang
Robert Kelly Wagner .... swing gang
Ron Wells .... propmaker (as Ronald Wells)
 
Sound Department
Mark F. Dennett .... boom operator
Mary Jo Devenney .... sound
Jed M. Dodge .... adr supervisor
Matt Dubin .... digital transfer engineer
Lisle Engle .... supervising sound editor (as Lisle Houston Engle)
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Robert Getty .... adr editor
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor
Patrick Giraudi .... re-recording mixer
David Grant .... dialogue editor
George Haddad .... re-recording mixer
Michael Hamm .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
David Irish .... digital transfer engineer
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Derek Marcil .... re-recording mixer
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
Anne Slack .... sound effects editor
Alec St. John .... sound effects editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
James Thornton .... sound editor: second unit (as Jim Thornton)
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Johanna Turner .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
John Palmer .... project supervisor: WonderWorks
 
Visual Effects by
John Anderson .... composite artist
Franklin Cofod .... line-up
Clay Dale .... CG artist: Pixel Magic
Victor DiMichina .... digital imaging supervisor
Roy Erickson .... systems administrator: Pixel Magic
Kevin Fisher .... scanning and recording: Pixel Magic
Patrick Flanagan .... digital artist
Tyler Foell .... compositing supervisor
Jim Gorman .... CG artist: Pixel Magic
Nate Haggard .... composite artist
Mike Hardison .... CG supervisor: Pixel Magic
Andrew Harlow .... digital modeling artist: Pixel Magic
David Hibsher .... digital modeling artist: Pixel Magic
Kevin E. Kish .... model supervisor
George Macri .... software development: Pixel Magic
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor (as Raymond McIntyre Jr.)
Karla McIntyre .... visual effects coordinator
Patrick Murphy .... digital compositor: Pixel Magic
Brick Price .... visual effects director
Eamonn Price .... model maker
Tim Pyle .... CG artist: Pixel Magic
Josh Saeta .... composite artist
Ray Scalice .... digital operations manager
Geordie Spradling .... composite artist
Juan Carlos Vargas .... visual effects (as Juan Vargas)
Todd Vaziri .... digital artist: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic
 
Stunts
Ron Althoff .... utility stunts
Christopher Doyle .... stunt coordinator (as Chris Doyle)
Kurt D. Lott .... utility stunts (as Kurt Lott)
Cody Weselis .... stunt double: Billy
Jack West .... utility stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tarin Anderson .... camera loader
Jason Behnke .... electrician
Andre Blaise .... still photographer
Larry Bradshaw .... electrician: second unit
Ken Caballero .... company grip: second unit
Ben Caldwell .... electrician: additional photography
Rafiel Chait .... second assistant camera
Chris Cobb .... second assistant camera: additional photography (as Christian Cobb)
Jessica Counts .... grip intern
Rick Davidson .... Steadicam operator
Cheyenne De Young .... grip intern
Alfredo Denila .... key grip: second unit (as Alfredo S. Denila III)
Mark Doering-Powell .... director of photography: second unit
Frank Esposito .... electrician
Rocky Ford .... key grip (as Rocky W. Ford)
Matt Frederick .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Matthew S. Frederick)
Eric Gates .... electrician
Rick Hopper .... best boy electric
Jody Hutchins .... key grip: additional photography
Paul Janossy .... first assistant camera
Joseph Jennings .... best boy grip: additional photography
Erik Kasson .... electrician: additional photography
Doug Lasater .... best boy grip
Luke Leonard .... company grip: second unit
Jamie Lind .... company grip
Michael Lowrance .... electrician
Brandon Mastrippolito .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Bradley McCollum .... company grip
Greg McEachen .... best boy electric: additional photography (as Gregory E. McEachen)
Meggins Moore .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Keith Morgan .... gaffer
Daniel Moyer .... gaffer: second unit
John Muliler .... electrician (as John E. Mulier)
Thomas Mumme .... grip
Irene Pak .... second assistant camera: additional photography
John Palato .... grip
George Papuashvili .... bts camera
George Papuashvili .... bts editor
Stephen Raybourn .... electrician (as Stephen V. Raybourn)
Paul Reyes .... dolly grip: additional photography
Le Richardson .... grip
Joe Romeo .... electrician: additional photography
Kyle Rooney .... company grip: second unit
Wayne E. Smith .... company grip: additional photography (as Wayne Smith)
Aaron Steffens .... electrician
Danny Stephens .... dolly grip
Jeff Stitzel .... electrician: second unit (as Jeffrey W. Stitzel)
Larry Sushinski .... electrician: additional photography
Robert Truitt .... first assistant camera: second unit
 
Casting Department
Erik Aude .... background casting assistant
Sherry Aude .... background casting: EAFB CA/Kennedy Space Center Florida
Jennifer Keith .... background casting assistant
Niner Parikh .... casting assistant
Ron Roggé .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathy Bird .... additional costumer (as Kathryn Bird)
John Patrick Doyle .... dresser: Mr. Woods
Victoria Gies .... additional costumer
Kara Owens .... costume supervisor
Marcus Zakrzewski .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Armand Garabidian .... post-production coordinator
David Palomares .... negative cutter
George Papuashvili .... editor: video
Elizabeth Rufenacht .... first assistant editor
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Rick Weis .... montage editor
 
Location Management
Eric Fierstein .... location manager: Los Angeles
Jason Savage .... location manager
 
Music Department
Richard Bowers .... composer: additional music
Frankii Elliott .... music advisor
Amin Emam .... music supervisor
Tim Kelly .... composer: additional music
 
Transportation Department
Ed Adams .... driver
Tom Halowell .... driver (as Tom Hallowell)
Curt Larson .... transportation captain
Michael Locke .... transportation coordinator
Arthur Payne .... picture car coordinator
Manuel Ruiz .... driver
 
Other crew
David Abbitt .... post-production accountant
Noah Arntson .... production assistant: additional photography
Heather Ashleigh .... super looping
Steven Bocade .... stand-in
Craig Borden .... set production assistant
Brenda Bramblette .... stand-in
Andy Brown .... production assistant
Darren Buck .... stand-in
Fernando Celis .... animal trainer
Jason Chapron .... production assistant: additional photography
Kerry Chee .... assistant: Mr. McNamara
Joe Curry .... office production assistant
Nancy Dahl .... office production assistant
Christina Dierkson .... stand-in
Chris Edrington .... animal trainer
Tom Giannazzo .... military advisor
Helen Gilmur .... office production assistant
Gina Grant .... office production assistant
Luis R. Guzman III .... office production assistant
Ri-Karlo Handy .... office production assistant
Todd Hilyard .... set production assistant
Jovan Hodge .... production assistant: additional photography
Lindsay Hudson .... craft service
Kevin Keith .... animal trainer
Dan Lichtenstein .... assistant: Mr. Woods
Dan Lichtenstein .... production assistant
Ruby Lopez .... assistant: Mr. Brookwell
Daniel Oestreich .... stand-in
Tasha Oldham .... script supervisor
Derek Olsen .... production assistant: additional photography
Charlotte Pai .... travel coordinator
Barry L. Reed .... stand-in
Ed Roach .... production assistant
Karen R. Sachs .... production coordinator
Denise Sanders .... animal trainer
Renelouise Smith .... set production assistant
Peggy Snow .... assistant: Mr. Lambert
Jacque Speights .... stand-in
Desiree Varni .... key production accountant
Desiree Varni .... production accountant (as Desiree Killian)
Aaron Walters .... key set production assistant
Scott Westgard .... production coordinator
Sandra Woodward .... office production assistant
 

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Rated PG for some language and peril
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104 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The actual name of the Chimpanzee that was suborbitally launched, was "Ham" (an acronym which stands for Holloman Aerospace Medical Center). He was given that name upon his successful return to Earth.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The capsule with Mac in it shows a window, when in fact even Alan Sheppard didn't have a view port in his capsule. Gus Grissom was the first to have a view port in his Mercury flight.See more »
Movie Connections:
References High Noon (1952)See more »

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Interesting premise, but deeply flawed execution., 27 October 2002
Author: jessewillis from Canada

I won't summarize the plot, others have already done that already, but I will make a few points and expose a few of the more obvious flaws.

I was hoping that Race To Space (2001) would be as good as The Dish (2000), which is also based on a true story of the space race (check it out if you can!). I was hoping that this film would dramatize the meaty subject of ex-Nazis working in the America's rocket program. Something that has had virtually no attention in film. Unfortunately it didn't.

Children and animals and rockets? No, it doesnt work. The mindset that brings together the first two for quick buck doesnt understand the latter. What happened to the live action kids movies? All they seem to know how to make is endless kids and animals films about animals who behave like spoiled brats and the kids who love them. Air Bud 1, 2 and 3 Free Willy 1, 2 and 3 M.V.P.: Most Valuable Primate 1, 2 and 3! How is a kid watching these films supposed to gain any insight into real animal behavior from all this stage production? It sickens me. It would be okay if they were actually entertaining, but they are all derivative crap. Race To Space is just lucky its not sequel bound like it forebearers (I hope).

Though James Woods was fine in this film, he is usually much better, his accent was very poorly done.

The meaningless subplot about a NASA supervisor (William Atherton) who is bribed by a rival rocket developer (?) into wilful sabotage of a Redstone rocket was not only ridiculous, it was sad. Is this ham fisted manipulation of the plot supposed to explain away all the other meandering plot threads???? If so, it didnt work. Sad. Poor William Atherton (you probably know him from his arrogant and abrasive TV reporter role in the Die Hard movies), he plays pompous and self-important characters so well he's become typecast in the worst way. I guess its a job, but he can't be still having fun playing the same character over and over again in film after film.

This film was ultimately a big disappointment, it takes way too many liberties with the facts to be legitimately use the "based on a true

story" tag. The only facts from NASA history that this film keeps are that:

1. German scientists/engineers were instrumental in the space race and

2. That a Chimpanzee was launched into space before a man was.

The true story of the first Chimpanzee in space may not have made as good a "Hollywood kids movie" in the tradition of (Free Willy), but it certainly would have been a better film. This is ably supported by the mini documentary entitled "Ham: America's First Space Hero" which is included on the DVD (amongst a surprising number of ineffectual extras). "Ham: America's First Space Hero" is the one bright spot in this otherwise shabby production.

I don't think that children actually enjoy or learn from schmaltzy unrealistic animals movies, let alone from "based on a true story" films that aren't! Perhaps I'm wrong, perhaps you will really enjoy it if you are 11 years old, I'm not, I didnt.

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