I Aim at the Stars

I Aim at the Stars

US Style B poster
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)
Starring Curt Jürgens
Victoria Shaw
Herbert Lom
Gia Scala
Music by Laurie Johnson
Cinematography Wilkie Cooper
Edited by Frederick Wilson
Morningside Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • 1960 (1960)
Running time
107 min.
Country United States
Language English

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.[1][2]

The film stars Curt Jürgens, Victoria Shaw, Herbert Lom, Gia Scala, and James Daly.[3]

The movie was written by Jay Dratler based on a story by George Froeschel, H. W. John, and Udo Wolter.[4] It was directed by J. Lee Thompson.[5]

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.[6] 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)",[7] but in fact the line appears in the film itself, spoken by actor James Daly, who plays the cynical American press officer.

Dell published a comic book adaptation of the film with art by Jack Sparling as Four Color #1148 (Oct. 1960).[8]

See also


  1. "Cinema: The New Pictures, Oct. 17, 1960". Time. October 17, 1960. Retrieved August 30, 2009.
  2. 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.
  3. "Horatio Alger of the Iconoclasts--'I Aim at the Stars' Fails to Orbit". The Christian Science Monitor. October 20, 1960. p. 7.
  4. "Film on Von Braun's Life Has Premiere". Los Angeles Times. October 3, 1960. p. C8.
  5. "I Aim at the Stars (1960)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved August 10, 2010.
  6. Kinematograph Weekly vol 521 no 2767, 13 October 1960
  7. Morrow, Lance (August 3, 1998). "The Moon and the Clones". Time. Retrieved August 30, 2009.
  8. Four Color #1148 (Oct. 1960)
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