After discovering the body of a murdered female agent in their trendy Soho, London nightclub, groovy owners Charles Salt and Christopher Pepper partake in a fumbling investigation and ... See full summary »
Sammy Davis Jr.,
A Los Angeles high-school teacher's problems begin when he happens to witness a gangland killing and agrees to identify the murderers. Not realizing this will cause the underworld to retaliate "big time".
Gene Fowler Jr.
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
At the beginning of the movie in a close-up side shot of the X-15 hanging under the B-52's wing, you can see that the cockpit cover on the X-15 is not fully seated in the closed position even though they are in a countdown to in-flight launch. A launch in that condition would have ripped the cockpit cover off of the aircraft and killed the pilot. See more »
Having grown up near the Wind Tunnel Test Facilities mentioned in the film, I thought I'd purchase the DVD for archival purposes. It had some notable actors and I was surprised that Frank Sinatra had anything to do with it. Jimmy Stewart even did the narration.
The 1960's based film could have been a lot better, but it does show what it was like in the early part of the space race. The most disappointing aspect was the terrible screen format used by MGM. The 16:9 aspect ratio was too small on my 16:9 TV screen. I finally managed to compensate somewhat. MGM...what were you thinking? Couldn't you at least release a better print?
It would be nice to see a refresh of this movie with an improved script, better stock footage, new actors, and a more interesting story line. However, I don't discourage anyone from watching the film for it's historical coverage.
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