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

Countdown, a story about a US space shot to the moon, is a literate and generally excellent programmer. Strong script [based on a novel by Hank Searls], 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, pic interpolates some stock footage plus specially-shot technical mock-up scenes.

Countdown

Production

Warner. Director Robert Altman; Producer William Conrad (exec.); Screenplay Loring Mandel; Camera William W. Spencer; Editor Gene Milford; Music Leonard Rosenman;; Art Director Jack Poplin

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

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