Tagline: How the future began.
Genre: Drama, History
Director: Philip Kaufman
Cast: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Kim Stanley, Veronica Cartwright, Pamela Reed, Scott Paulin, Charles Frank, Lance Henriksen, Donald Moffat, Levon Helm, Mary Jo Deschanel, Scott Wilson, Kathy Baker, Mickey Crocker, Susan Kase, Mittie Smith, Royal Dano, David Clennon, Jim Haynie, Jeff Goldblum, Harry Shearer, Scott Beach, Jane Dornacker, Anthony Munoz, John P. Ryan, Darryl Henriques, Eric Sevareid, William Russ, Drew Letchworth, Christopher P. Beale, Richard Dupell, William Hall, John X. Heart, Ed Holmes, Jack Bruno Tate, Edward Anhalt, Mary Apick, Robert Beer, Erik Bergmann, James Brady, Katherine Conklin, Maureen Coyne, Tom Dahlgren, John Lion, Peggy Davis, John Dehner, Robert Elross, Drew Eshelman, Robert J. Geary, Royce Grones, David Gulpilil, Anthony Wallis, Kaaren Lee, Sandy Kronemeyer, Frankie Di, Michael Pritchard, Ed Corbett, O-Lan Jones, Mark Todd, Allen Gebhardt, Chuck Yeager
Runtime: 193Plot: 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.