A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow 'boy scout' of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth; and the remaining pilots: Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter and Wally Schirra.

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  1. Philip Kaufman

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Tom Wolfe


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  1. Fred Ward

    Fred Ward

    Gus Grissom

  2. Dennis Quaid

    Dennis Quaid

    Gordon Cooper

  3. Ed Harris

    Ed Harris

    John Glenn

  4. Scott Glenn

    Scott Glenn

    Alan Shepard

  5. Sam Shepard

    Sam Shepard

    Chuck Yeager

  6. Barbara Hershey

    Barbara Hershey

    Glennis Yeager

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 3h 13m

Budget $27,000,000.00

Revenue $21,500,000.00

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Release Information

  • October 21, 1983
    PG, Theatrical



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