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.

  1. Philip Kaufman

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Tom Wolfe


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Status Released

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  • October 21, 1983
    PG, Theatrical

Original Language English

Runtime 3h 13m

Budget $27,000,000.00

Revenue $21,500,000.00

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