America and Made History
on the true story of the first chimpanzee in space, James Woods
stars as Wilhelm Von Huber, a NASA scientist who transfers to
Florida with his son, Billy (Alex Linz). Billy dreams of
becoming a hero like the young astronaut Alan Shepard. Wilhelm
dreams of Billy becoming a scientist like him.
Billy is hired by Dr. Donni McGuinness (Annabeth Gish) to help
train the chimpanzees for the NASA space mission, he develops a
close bond with Mac, one of the chimps. But when Mac is chosen
to become the first chimp sent into space, Billy soon realizes
that if Mac is successful on this mission, something could go
and son put aside their differences and work together in hopes
of bringing Mac home safely.
a top NASA executive head of the program to put the first man
into space. He's under pressure from Washington after some
rocket launches fail, and he's also worried the USSR will obtain
"worldwide domination" by winning the race to space. A
strong-willed but good humored man, Vestal will not sacrifice
humans to achieve his goal. He advocates German engineer Wilhelm
Von Huber (James Woods) plans to send a trained chimp into orbit
in a space capsule.
Regretfully, in the final film Barry appears only in one short
scene, however, the DVD release has three more previously
deleted scenes, two of them being extensions of that scene. You
can download all 4 scenes in the Video
section, or listen to them below, along with Director Sean
McNamara's commentary explaining why they were omitted. McNamara
especially liked the scene when Barry calls President Lyndon B.
over the phone.