Sputnik Mania


87 min. minutes | Rated G

In 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik, the first manmade satellite to be sent into orbit. The Space Age had begun with a bang--and America was caught completely off guard, scrambling to catch up to our Cold War foes. Sputnik Mania looks back at those days with expertly used archival footage, along with contemporary interviews and even-keeled narration from Liev Schreiber. Filmmaker David Hoffman keeps the resultant drama easy to follow, with enough detail to capture the zeitgeist of the era--allowing Sputnik Mania to surpass its History Channel subject matter to become a sweeping, insightful look back at a pivotal moment in history.


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Film Credits
David Hoffman
Peter Thomas, Sergei Khrushchev, Jay Barbree, Paul Dickson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Susan Eisenhower, Nikita Khrushchev, Richard Nixon, Daniel Schorr, Wernher von Braun