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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.

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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Connections

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

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The DVD fits nicely in the library next to others such as The Right Stuff
9 October 2004 | by wakedphSee all my reviews

The recent success of the SpaceShipOne spacecraft brought back to mind the early attempt at sub-orbital flights. Its designer, told us that he based his design on the X-15. Growing up in the 60's and 70's, the space race was part of our lives and the X-15 program was one more step towards space supremacy between the USA and the Soviet Union. Although this beautiful bird was finally shelved, the courage and vision of its designers merits that we take a second look at it. This movie, presented almost like a NASA -US AIR Force documentary, stayed in my mind although I was just a kid when I saw it on TV, some 30 odd years ago. Filmed in the early sixties, this story introduces the viewer to the team of 3 pilots that relay each other in the seat of the X-15 experimental rocket plane. The family life of these test pilots is also interesting as it is explained that these men need emotional stability to do their job. We are introduced to a young Mary Tyler Moore as one of the pilots fiancée. A young Charles Bronson plays one of these family men / test pilots with great presence .The flying scenes footage is of relative good quality but the sub-orbital scenes are poorly crafted animations that look terribly amateurish as we are now used to Computer Generated Images and other new special effects techniques. All in all, this is a good movie for any space race fan, and the DVD fits nicely in the library next to others such as The Right Stuff, From the Earth to the Moon and Apollo 13. I gave it a 7 for historical and documentary value.


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