Year: 1968


Director: Robert Altman

Starring: James Caan, Joanna Moore, Robert Duvall, Barbara Baxley, Charles Aidman, Steve Ihnat


Based on a novel by Hank Searls

101 minutes; Color

Countdown, a story about a US space shot to the moon, is a literate and generally excellent programmer. Strong script, emphasizing human conflict, is well developed and neatly resolved on a note of suspense.

James Caan is a civilian scientist, chosen because of political implications, to replace military officer Robert Duvall as the moon-shot man. Added to this conflict is that between Steve Ihnat, project boss, and Charles Aidman, flight surgeon, who carry on the struggle between safety of life considerations and those of beating the Russians.

Although the emphasis is on personal interactions, movie interpolates some stock footage plus specially-shot technical mock-up scenes.

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