Sputnik Mania (Sputnik) (The Fever of 57)
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Sputnik Mania (Sputnik) (The Fever of 57)
Fifty years after the Soviet Union made history by launching Sputnik into space, the reverberations of that historical event are still echoing around the world. Produced to coincide with the 50th anniversary of this defining moment in human history, this documentary from filmmaker David Hoffman draws on lost footage and informative interviews to detail the remarkable story surrounding the launch of Sputnik, as well as the incredible events that unfolded in America the following year. While American enthusiasm over this technological breakthrough was at first palpable, that excitement quickly… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sputnik Mania plays, discreetly, like a negative love story between superpowers. Sure they moved on to other enemies, but they still haven't gotten over each other."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The archival footage here is great, and the cosmos-conquering craziness will satisfy space-race nuts. But the small budget is obvious, so director David Hoffman couldn't go from the Earth to the moon on every detail."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The sharply edited film, which includes (happily) just a few talking heads but mostly exciting archival celluloid and campy stock is a love letter to Ike Eisenhower."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"[A] smart, wry look at the American enthusiasm for and then paranoia over the first manmade satellite to orbit Earth... [R]ings with a truth that still holds..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"something unlike anything out there."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Hoffman manages to keep the tone light -- even H-bomb paranoia gets a breezy treatment -- though most of his filmmaking choices range from banal to boneheaded."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"David Hoffman's documentary Sputnik Mania is an account of that Soviet satellite's effect on the American consciousness."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"Director David Hoffman marshals his information into an absorbing story, adroitly narrated by Liev Schreiber, that captures the fears and the hopes of the dawn of the Space Age."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The reigning champion in the archival footage department features great Soviet footage of those days that (hopefully) will never be seen again---the days of the US-Soviet space race."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Avoids reveling in Cold War kitsch in favor of a serious look one of the most important -- and frightening -- moments in human history."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"For those too young to remember, Sputnik Mania documents the fear and anxiety that gripped the United States half a century ago when the Soviet Union launched the first satellite in October 1957."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Clips from old television broadcasts make this space documentary entertaining."
‑ Richard James Havis, Hollywood Reporter
"The enlightening Sputnik Mania looks at the late '50s, a time that was dominated by Cold War hysteria."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Clear, comprehensible, polished and articulate, but lacking the gut-punch to raise this portrait of a world-changing event from the level of a museum piece."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"reminds us that there was a time in the past when world leaders had morality and values"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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