Directed by Jeff Tremaine
In 1965, a truck driver and exotic pet dealer from New Jersey decided that he could join an elite group of men who had been to the final frontier -- space.
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★★★★½ review by Marisa Carpico on Letterboxd
What a personality and what a story. Great archival footage. I still don't love the reenactment, but there aren't too many. The ending feels a bit rushed and I would have liked to spend maybe a little more time on whether anything could have been done differently when he hit the ground, but the end note where his buddy says it was all thanks to the curse after climbing Angel Falls was kind of great.
★★★★ review by Matt Greene on Letterboxd
Not to be redundant, but this is yet another great 30 for 30. After only 5 minutes, I was totally hooked on this spunky and rebellious look at this forgotten daredevil. Tremaine (a PERFECT choice to direct this subject) balances the fun interviews with surprisingly authentic reenactments, keeping you pinned to the screen. A completely riveting portrait of a fascinating and driven dude.
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