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I Aim at the Stars (1960)

Wernher von Braun (original title)
The story of rocket scientist Dr. Werner von Braun's career, from the 1920s until the late 1950s.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Jay Dratler, George Froeschel (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Curd Jürgens ... Wernher von Braun
Victoria Shaw ... Maria von Braun
Herbert Lom ... Anton Reger
Gia Scala ... Elizabeth Beyer
James Daly ... U.S. Major William Taggert
Adrian Hoven ... Mischke
Gerard Heinz ... Professor Oberth
Karel Stepanek ... Captain Dornberger
Peter Capell ... Dr. Neumann
Hayden Rorke ... U.S. Army Major
Austin Willis Austin Willis ... U.S. General John B. Medaris
Alan Gifford ... U.S. Army Colonel
Helmo Kindermann Helmo Kindermann ... General Kulp
Lea Seidl Lea Seidl ... Baroness von Braun
John Crawford ... Dr. Bosco - White Sands, New Mexico
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Storyline

The life story of the famed rocket scientist Dr. Werner von Braun, one of the most brilliant and controversial figures of the space age. Dr. von Braun helped pioneer man's adventure into space through his rocket experiments; his was the brain behind the V-2 rockets which blasted London in World War II; his was also the brain which led America into the development and the launching of space satellites. Written by alfiehitchie

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FROM THE EARTH TO THE STARS...this is the story of Wernher von Braun...the man who thrust the world into the Space Age.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1960 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

I Aim at the Stars See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It is not made clear in this film that Wernher von Braun was an active Nazi, a party member (something he always denied, aided by his American employers, who deliberately suppressed this information in his lifetime) and an honorary colonel in the S.S. He not only used slave labor in building his rockets in Germany, he insisted on it. See more »

Goofs

The 30 second countdown to the launch of the Jupiter-C rocket, putting America's first satellite into orbit, takes 1 minute 14 seconds. See more »

Soundtracks

I Aim At The Stars
Music by Laurie Johnson
Lyrics by Lionel Bart
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Antwerp; Von Braun as Faust; V-2 effectiveness
22 June 2017 | by bmj-05340See all my reviews

The quip I've heard was "I Aim at the Stars -- but I hit Antwerp and London". More V-2's were targeted at Antwerp than London, it being a major port used by the Allies during the invasion of Europe.

Von Braun's relation with the Nazis was Faustian -- he was obsessed with space travel, and developing liquid-fueled rockets was a first step. The V-2 (A-4 was the military's designation) was actually counterproductive to the Nazi war effort, and von Braun no doubt realized that (as Hitler did not). It was not a practical weapon, being expensive to produce and burdensome to launch. Few actually reached their targets; more tonnage was delivered by one Allied air raid than all the V-2's carried.


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