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The BBC's Space Race is a documentary/drama chronicling the major events and characters in the American/Soviet space race, leading up to the first moon landing. The series concentrates on Sergei Korolev, the Soviet chief rocket designer, and Wernher von Braun, his American counterpart, as their rivalry intensifies and the pressure to be the first builds. Written by badcommand

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Release Date:

14 September 2005 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

O agonas gia tin kataktisi tou diastimatos  »


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€2,000,000 (estimated)
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(4 parts)

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(RCA Sound System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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According to Deborah Cadbury in her book Space Race, just a few days before three months of filming was to begin in Romania a truck containing all the props for filming was stolen in ilford, England. Among the props inside the truck were countless Nazi Uniforms, period Soviet and NASA space suits, a replica of the first Russian satellite and a life size V-2 rocket that when assembled was three stories high. See more »


The narrator twice says that the Mercury-Redstone could put an astronaut into orbit. The best the Mercury-Redstone could do was put an astronaut into a 15-minute ballistic trajectory which peaked out around 120 miles up. No orbit. See more »


Sergei Korolev: Without a rocket as powerful as the Saturn, we will *lose*
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Featured in MoonFaker: Carrying the Liar (2007) See more »

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Reasonably well-marshaled depiction of the space race. Live action nicely integrated with CGI and historical footage. Principal roles are handled well enough. But I understand there are a number of inaccuracies, and certain events are compressed or telescoped. That's kind of the problem with dramatisations. The story will often be tweaked for 'dramatic purposes', and this will add little to (or even detract from) one's understanding of what actually went on. I realise documentaries don't present the unalloyed truth, but I think I'd prefer to watch a documentary on this subject, with film of the actual events and interviews with those who were there. Aside from that, this is good enough in a potboiler-with-a-budget sort of way. One strange thing - the Russian scenes begin with the cast speaking subtitled Russian, then switch to English. It's a bit distracting, and I wonder what possessed whoever made the decision. Something else that stood out - the Russians are depicted with a lot more warmth than the Americans, who, with Von Braun, seem a square-jawed, flinty-eyed lot.

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