1983 Certificate: 15


Stirring action drama - and winner of four Oscars - based on Tom Wolfe's bestselling account of America's space pioneers. Sam Shepard leads the way as Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, although Ed Harris is first into orbit as the first genuine astronaut, John Glenn. Dennis Quaid, Scott Glenn, Fred Ward and Lance Henriksen also make it to the launchpad as the various Apollo missionaries, while Kathy Baker and Barbara Hershey are the wives they couldn't have made it without. It's Houston, no problem, as writer-director Philip Kaufman is just the guy to have at mission control for this memorable blast of star-spangled heroics.


  • Philip Kaufman


  • Ed Harris

  • Sam Shepard

  • Scott Glenn

  • Barbara Hershey