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  • Summary: Fifty years ago, at the height of the Cold War, the USSR launched Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit Earth, bringing America to its knees in awe--then fear. Initially thrilling as a marvel of science, Sputnik was soon viewed by America as a weapon of mass destruction. Narrated by Liev Schreiber with expert use of archival footage, Sputnik Mania explores the fast-moving series of events that brought the world's superpowers to the brink of nuclear war and tells the story of two ex-generals whose private agreement prevented World War III. (Balcony Releasing) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    75
    The archival footage here is great, and the cosmos-conquering craziness will satisfy space-race nuts.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    It was really no bigger than a beach ball, weighed about as much as a full-grown man and it beeped. And aside from transmitting a radio signal and accidentally opening a few automatic garage doors, it didn't really do anything except orbit the globe once every 96 minutes.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Eisner
    70
    A seemingly esoteric subject -- the launch of Russia's Sputnik satellite -- is exhumed and made exciting in this important slice of you-are-there documaking.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    70
    The movie lets parallels between that time and the post-9/11 era emerge organically, in the manner of a fable that subtly illuminates your own life.
  5. 63
    Sputnik Mania has a happy ending, thanks to German scientist Werner von Braun, who had been recruited for America after designing Nazi rockets that rained terror on England during World War II.
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