Sputnik Mania

Theatrical Release: October 4, 2007
DVD Release: August 26, 2008
Sputnik Mania


Released on the 50th anniversary of Sputnik’s launch, “Fever” recounts the beginning of the space and arms races and the political scare tactics of the 1950s. David Hoffman sheds light on the Cold War, revealing secret meetings between Eisenhower and Khrushchev. A gripping, often unsettling film that successfully captures America’s reaction to Sputnik–from awe at the achievements of science to paranoia and fear induced by politicians.

Dove Review

This documentary is a fascinating door back into time. The period is the late 50s and the film is about what led up to the launch of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik, and the resulting amazement and fear which reverberated in the United States when it was successfully launched. This documentary is filled with black and white and color images and it is an excellent reminder of the civil unrest which we faced in the United States at the time, as well as concern over potential nuclear bombs being unleashed. The documentary covers President Eisenhower and Russian leader Khrushchev and the cat and mouse game which went on for a time. We also are shown other famous leaders including Winston Churchill. This is a well-made documentary with historical importance and we gladly award our Dove Seal to this film.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: OG-1; A racial reference to "Japs"
Violence: A brief scene of blacks being beaten;
Drugs: Smoking
Nudity: None.
Other: The fear of what the former Soviet Union might do to harm America; the death of an astronaut dog.


Company: A and E Entertainment
Writer: David Hoffman and Paul Dickson and Lindsey Palatino
Director: David Hoffman
Producer: Eric A. Reid
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 92 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter