Race to Space
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It could get a whole new generation of kids looking up at the stars and wondering, 'Why not?'"
‑ Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News
"Wow! Monkeys in orbit! Laughable non-history lesson. James Woods has the worst German accent in history"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"... packs a fair amount of crowd-rousing potential."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Sean MacNamara serves up an enjoyable family drama here with enough comedy, tears and adventure to entertain even the littlest of viewers"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"According to the cuddly sweet family flick Race to Space, the birth of the United States space program was important only in relation to a silly monkey and his 12-year-old pal."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
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