5.9/10
495
16 user 4 critic

X-15 (1961)

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.

Director:

Richard Donner (as Richard D. Donner)

Writers:

James Warner Bellah (screenplay), Tony Lazzarino (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

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 »

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Michael Bates
Target Zero (1955)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Set during the Korean War, a unit of American soldiers, together with three British Tank Crew, find themselves trapped behind enemy lines.

Director: Harmon Jones
Stars: Richard Conte, Peggie Castle, Charles Bronson
London Affair (1970)
Certificate: GP Drama | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A 38 year old American novelist discovers the difficulties of being married to a British 16 year old schoolgirl.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Charles Bronson, Orson Bean, Honor Blackman
Gang War (1958)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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".

Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
Stars: Charles Bronson, Kent Taylor, Jennifer Holden
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The attack by British submarines on the German battleship "Tirpitz" in a Norwegian fjord during World War II.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a stagecoach guard tries to warn a town of an imminent raid by a band of outlaws, the people mistake him for one of the gang

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Wayne Morris, Joan Weldon
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strangely.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

During the 1922 Turkish Civil War, two Americans and a group of foreign mercenaries offer their services to a local Turkish governor who hires them as guards for a secret transport.

Director: Peter Collinson
Stars: Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Michèle Mercier
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The trials and tribulations of bitter veteran Captain Maddocks and argumentative rookie Lieutenant McQuade at a cavalry desert outpost.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Richard Boone, George Hamilton, Luana Patten
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In 1945, a GI falls in-love with a German woman while elite German troops, in U.S.uniforms, carry out sabotage and assassinations behind American lines.

Director: Kenneth G. Crane
Stars: Charles Bronson, Richard Jaeckel, Violet Rensing
Edit

Cast

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)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Rocket Ship That Challenged Outer Space! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avião Foguete X-15 See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$422,500 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Essex Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard Donner's feature film directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Lee Brandon: When you're a man, you be a man.
See more »

Connections

Featured in 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The X-15 Story
26 January 2017 | by mc-36074See all my reviews

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.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed