The film is more than a simple glorification of American spirit and achievement: Kaufman allows for the faults to show, those of the government, the pilots and astronauts, and their families. Myths of heroism are cast aside and replaced with a more realistic consideration of these still remarkable men. A contemporary epic, and a modern American classic.
My favorite part of this film is when Ed Harris' character is in space. What an absolutely mesmerizing stretch... I felt like I was on this adventure with the characters, mentally placing myself in each frame. Very rarely am I so emotionally invested in anything, for that I love this film. The 190 minutes breeze by if you are into this type of film, but I admit it started slow, keeping it from 5 stars.
A testament to the timeless quality of good honest movies. From most accounts I've heard, it quite accurately portrays the haphazard nature of the early days of space exploration and the coarse kind of fun that that bit of wiggle room allows for with the ragtag group of would-be astronauts.
Another underrated Kaufman Flick, the unknown Great. I was surprised to hear this was a box office bomb at time of release. This almost sets the blueprint for B movie action flicks featuring mens men. Youve got thinking men’s macho guys in Shepard and Ed Harris. The more Gruff B movie macho guys in Ward, Glenn and Hendrickson. And then you have Quaid cementing his grinning cocky persona. Alls missing is Tom Berenger