PG | | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.
The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year not to be nominated in any of the writing categories.
There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, seven hundred and fifty miles...
In the sequences of spectacular rocket failures there is one sequence that shows an Atlas missile launching, but a Juno missile, spliced in to represent the continuation of the missile that was launched, veers horizontally and explodes.
The Australian theatrical release omitted the short section of dialogue where Nurse Murch describes to the astronauts how to produce the sperm sample. However, it was included in the video and television versions. The Australian television premiere edited out the stronger profanities and the close up of Chuck Yeager's burnt face.
$1,601,167 23 October 1983