I Aim at the Stars
I Aim at the Stars is a 1960 biographical film which tells the story of the life of Wernher von Braun. The film covers his life from his early days in Germany, through Peenemünde, until his work with the U.S. Army, NASA, and the American space program.
|I Aim at the Stars|
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|Directed by||J. Lee Thompson|
|Produced by||Charles H. Schneer|
|Written by||Jay Dratler (screenplay)|
George Froeschel (story)
H. W. John (story)
Udo Wolter (story)
|Music by||Laurie Johnson|
|Edited by||Frederick Wilson|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|19 August 1960|
|Country||United States |
The film was premiered in Munich on 19 August 1960; it subsequently opened in New York City and Los Angeles on 19 October and London on 24 November. In Germany the film was titled Ich greife nach den Sternen ("I Reach for the Stars"). In Italy the film was released as Alla Conquista dell' Infinito.
Satirist Mort Sahl and others are often credited with suggesting the subtitle "(But Sometimes I Hit London)", but in fact the line appears in the film itself, spoken by actor James Daly, who plays the cynical American press officer.
- Curd Jürgens as Wernher von Braun
- Victoria Shaw as Maria von Braun
- Herbert Lom as Anton Reger
- Gia Scala as Elizabeth Beyer
- James Daly as U.S. Major William Taggert
- Adrian Hoven as Mischke
- Gerard Heinz as Professor Oberth
- Karel Stepanek as Captain Dornberger
- Peter Capell as Dr. Neumann
- Hayden Rorke as U.S. Army Major
- Austin Willis as U.S. General John B. Medaris
- Alan Gifford as U.S. Army Colonel
- Helmo Kindermann as General Kulp
- Lea Seidl as Baroness von Braun
- John Crawford as Dr. Bosco - White Sands, New Mexico
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- Crowther, Bosley (October 20, 1960). "Screen: About von Braun; 'I Aim at the Stars' Opens at the Forum". The New York Times. p. 42. Retrieved August 30, 2009.
- "Horatio Alger of the Iconoclasts--'I Aim at the Stars' Fails to Orbit". The Christian Science Monitor. October 20, 1960. p. 7.
- "Film on Von Braun's Life Has Premiere". Los Angeles Times. October 3, 1960. p. C8.
- "I Aim at the Stars (1960)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved August 10, 2010.
- Kinematograph Weekly vol 521 no 2767, 13 October 1960
- Morrow, Lance (August 3, 1998). "The Moon and the Clones". Time. Retrieved August 30, 2009.
- Four Color #1148 (Oct. 1960)