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Sputnik Fever -- October 4, 1957 would send a ripple effect of panic across the world. The USSR announced the launch of the first man-made satellite to ever orbit the earth. This riveting documentary combs through photographs, interviews and computer animation.

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Documentary looking back at the USSR's Sputnik satellite and its effects at the time and over the last 50 years. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Opening This Week
 (From IFC. 10 March 2008, 1:57 PM, PDT)

Four docus make cut for IDA honors
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 8 November 2007)

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Liev Schreiber ... Narrator / Storyteller
Sergei Khrushchev ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jay Barbree ... Himself
Paul Dickson ... Himself

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
Susan Eisenhower ... Herself
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Daniel Schorr ... Himself

Estelle Taylor ... Herself (archive footage)

Wernher von Braun ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
David Hoffman 
 
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David Hoffman  &
Paul Dickson 

Lindsey Palatino 

Produced by
Joseph Ferrera .... associate producer
Heeth Grantham .... associate producer
Corey Norman .... associate producer
Eric A. Reid .... producer
 
Film Editing by
John Vincent Barrett 
 
Animation Department
Jason Beckwith .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Sue Gates .... digital intermediate colorist (uncredited)
 
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Jonathan Reid .... post production consultant
 
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Jason Krieger .... special thanks
 

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"Sputnik Mania" - USA (original title)
"The Fever of 57" - USA (festival title)
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Amazing Overview of the Eisenhower era, 30 November 2008
Author: filmstuff22 from NYC

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

SPOILERS I never had much education about the Eisenhower years, now this documentary is complementing a book I'm reading, " The American Way of War" by Eugene Jarecki, the guy who did the film, "Why we Fight". Ike was a military man who tried to hold back the military, and apparently so was Kruschev, in some ways.

Sputnik inspired awe, then fear and the arms race. But Ike tried to put a peaceful spin on it to the end.

Also amazing, if I remember the film correctly, 1958 alone had hundreds of atomic tests by the US and the USSR! I had no idea there were so many.

And seeing the strange, reluctant reliance on Werner Von Braun, and Von Braun's utterly cloudless, arrogant demeanor - what a complicated world this is, was and will always be.

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