Before they put Neil Armstrong on the moon in 1969, they made this realistic science fiction picture about it starring James Caan and Robert Duvall. James Caan is the astronaut chosen to be the first man on the moon much to the dismay of Robert Duvall. In the mean time, the Russians are threatening to beat the Americans to the moon, so the Americans have to really pick up the pace. I'll tell you what, if this movie was drawn out ten minutes longer, I would have conked out! You'll really have to love sci-fi style films like 2001: a Space Odyssey (1968), or The Andromeda Strain (1971) except without much of the suspense. It's tediousness can be too overwhelming for many viewers. Robert Altman fans should note that this is his first feature film. He later went on to direct M*A*S*H (1970), Nashville (1975), and Short Cuts (1993).

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



James Caan, Joanna Moore, Robert Duvall, Barbara Baxley, Charles Aidman, Steve Ihnat, Michael Murphy, Ted Knight, Steve Coit, John Rayner, Charles Irving, Bobby Riha

Directed by:

Robert Altman.


1968 sci-fi/drama

Not Rated.


Don Ignacio's score: C+

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