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During the Cold War in the 1960s the U.S.A.F.and NASA tested the experimental rocket-powered aircraft X-15 that set altitude and speed records and reached the edge of outer space.

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Richard Donner (as Richard D. Donner)

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James Warner Bellah (screenplay), Tony Lazzarino (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
David McLean ... Matt Powell
Charles Bronson ... Lt. Col. Lee Brandon
Ralph Taeger ... Maj. Ernest Wilde
Brad Dexter ... Maj. Anthony Rinaldi
Kenneth Tobey ... Col. Craig Brewster
James Gregory ... Tom Deparma
Mary Tyler Moore ... Pamela Stewart
Patricia Owens ... Margaret Brandon
Lisabeth Hush Lisabeth Hush ... Diane Wilde
Stanley Livingston ... Mike Brandon
Lauren Gilbert Lauren Gilbert ... Col. Jessup
Phil Dean Phil Dean ... Maj. McCully
Chuck Stanford Chuck Stanford ... Lt. Cmdr. Joe Lacrosse
Patty McDonald Patty McDonald ... Susan Brandon
James Stewart ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
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At the height of the Cold War during the 1960s the U.S. Air Force and NASA tested an experimental rocket-powered research aircraft code-named X-15.The X-15 experiments were conducted at Edwards Air Force Base.The X-15 aircraft set altitude and speed records by reaching the edge of outer space.The project is managed by U.S. Air Force Colonel Craig Brewster and scientist Tom Deparma. The main test pilots are Matt Powell, Colonel Lee Brandon and Major Ernest Wilde.During the test flights the X-15 aircraft is dropped from a B-52 Stratofortress mother ship before starting its engine.The whole test team is enthusiastic about the project but the project is plagued by setbacks and near disasters right from the start. Written by nufs68

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THIS IS THE STORY THAT STUNS THE IMAGINATION! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avião Foguete X-15 See more »

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Budget:

$422,500 (estimated)
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Essex Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

X-15 was first broadcast on network TV in 1962. See more »

Goofs

During the engine test scene, the pilot is helped into X-15, serial number 66671. When the test begins, the serial number is showing 66672. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Lee Brandon: When you're a man, you be a man.
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Featured in 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) See more »

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15 October 2006 | by haildevilmanSee all my reviews

This is one of those flicks you find by accident. You see a few familiar names in the cast, notice the early date, then rent it on a whim. And if you're like me, you say to yourself, "Good choice." A space film without all the invasion drama. This dealt with actual exploration. And unlike a lot of sci-fi, seemed to take it seriously.

Mary Tyler Moore in an early role, and she looked good. The talent was blossoming.

Bronson played his usual strong, weary type. He never had a prayer as a sex symbol, but he was underrated as an actor.

This is in need of reviving.


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