Test pilot Chuck Yeager (Sam Shepard) and the first astronauts pioneer the U.S. space program.
This adaptation of the non-fiction novel by Tom Wolfe chronicles the first 15 years of America's space program. By focusing on the lives of the Mercury astronauts, including John Glenn (Ed Harris) and Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn), the film recounts the dangers and frustrations experienced by those involved with NASA's earliest achievements. It also depicts their family lives and the personal crises they endured during an era of great political turmoil and technological innovation.
Sam Shepardas Capt/Col. Chuck Yeager, Test Pilot
Scott Glennas Capt. Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., Mercury Astronaut
Ed Harrisas Maj. John Herschel Glenn Jr., Mercury Astronaut
Dennis Quaidas Gordon Cooper
Fred Wardas Gus Grissom
Barbara Hersheyas Glennis Yeager