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    Sputnik Mania

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    Sputnik Mania (2007)
    Run time1h32m
    GenreDocumentary
    Directed byDavid Hoffman, Paul Dickson
    Written byDavid Hoffman
    CompanyBalcony ReleasingBalcony ReleasingBalcony Releasing
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    Guide for parents: Rated G in the USA.
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    Guide for parents: Rated G in the USA.
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    Guide for parents: Rated G in the USA.

    Synopsis

    The film leads us through the first year following the launch of Sputnik. In 1958, a nuclear weapon was tested in the atmosphere by either Russia or the United States every three days. By the end of that year, nothing was the same. Sputnik spurred us into an arms and space race, necessitating the creation of an academic army of scientists and engineers. This led to the development of NASA, massive reforms in our education system, and the discoveries that enabled many of the consumer technologies on which we depend today (The Internet, cell phones, global positioning systems, credit card verifications and high-definition televisions). The launch of Sputnik also led to widespread panic, fear and anxiety as leading politicians and the media whipped the public into an escalating mass frenzy - only months after Sputnik's launch, 60% of Americans thought that nuclear war was imminent and that 50% of the American population would likely die (Gallup Poll, April 1958).

    Featuring

    Liev Schreiber
    Gene Banucci
    John Daly
    Garry Moore
    Ronald Reagan
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