Race To Space

Overview

A chimp helps bring together a boy and his father -- as well as putting America in the lead of the space race -- in this drama, which was inspired by the true story of the Mercury-Redstone 2 mission in 1961. Dr. Wilhelm von Huber (James Woods) is a German expatriate scientist living in the United States in the early '60s who has been hired by the fledging National Aeronautics and Space Administration to help America launch its newly formed space program. Von Huber is recently widowed, and his son, Wilhelm II ...
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Overview

A chimp helps bring together a boy and his father -- as well as putting America in the lead of the space race -- in this drama, which was inspired by the true story of the Mercury-Redstone 2 mission in 1961. Dr. Wilhelm von Huber (James Woods) is a German expatriate scientist living in the United States in the early '60s who has been hired by the fledging National Aeronautics and Space Administration to help America launch its newly formed space program. Von Huber is recently widowed, and his son, Wilhelm II (Alex D. Linz) -- known as Billy to most of his friends -- is still dealing with the loss of his mother. The often cold and exacting Dr. von Huber is having trouble reaching out to his son, and Billy is having a hard time making friends at his new school in Florida. One day, while dropping by NASA's labs to visit his father, Billy discovers a secret: NASA has previously been using unmanned missiles in their tests, but before taking the giant step of sending a man into space, they're going to try an experimental mission with a chimpanzee on board to get a better idea of how people might be affected by space travel. Dr. Donni McGuinness (Annabeth Gish), NASA's head veterinarian, makes a deal with Billy: If he promises not to tell anyone about NASA's secret project, she'll give him a part-time job helping to train Mac the Chimp for his big flight. Billy soon becomes quite attached to his new friend Mac, and discovers it's harder than he imagined to send him into space without knowing if he'll come back safely. Race to Space also features William Atherton and William Devane, while Tyler the chimp appears as Mac.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 16x9 widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital; Production commentary; Deleted scenes; Bloopers; HAM featurette; Making of Race to Space; Filmographies; Kennedy Space Center Promo; Storyboard comparisons; Interactive menus; Scene access; English & Spanish subtitles; Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • UPC: 658149802520
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 76,730

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Woods Dr. Wilhelm von Huber
Annabeth Gish Dr. Donni McGuiness
Alex D. Linz Wilhelm "Billy" von Huber II
William Atherton Ralph Stanton
William Devane Richard Thornhill
Technical Credits
Sean McNamara Director, Producer
David Brookwell Producer
Kristin M. Burke Costumes/Costume Designer
John Coda Score Composer
Dawn Ferry Production Designer
Eric Gardner Screenwriter
Christian Sebaldt Cinematographer
S.S. Wilson Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The New Kid [3:56]
2. Failure [3:54]
3. White Hanky [4:26]
4. Meeting [4:37]
5. A New Job [4:10]
6. American Vs. Communists [5:05]
7. Negotiation [3:50]
8. Nothing to It [5:26]
9. Crazy [6:00]
10. Billy Takes Flight [4:24]
11. #65 [5:36]
12. Revelation [5:03]
13. Heart to Heart [5:39]
14. Press Conference [3:04]
15. Billy's Missing [2:43]
16. Warning [2:57]
17. Cavalry [3:03]
18. Fixing a Hole [4:17]
19. For Real [3:52]
20. Countdown [2:36]
21. History [3:17]
22. Bring Him Home [4:52]
23. The Beginning [6:16]
24. End Credits [5:22]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Special Features
      Trailer
      Making of Race to Space
      Ham: America's First Space Hero
      Wild on the Set
      Commentary
         On
         Off
      Deleted Scenes
         Play Deleted Scenes
         Play Deleted Scenes With Commentary
      Storyboards
         Redstone Launch
         Billy Meets Mac
         Chimp In Space
         Capsule Rescue
      About the Kennedy Space Center
      Filmographies
         Sean McNamara (Director)
         David Brookwell (Producer)
         DVD Credits
      Bloopers
   Subtitles
      English On
      Spanish On
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