I'm a big fan of the Biograph film, The Sputnik Kid and enjoy watching it whenever I can. Though it's not a biopic as much as a comedy, The Sputnik Kid still retains some elements that make me go "oh yes...oh, yes..."
This movie was made a few years before Sputnik was launched. However, it tells the story of Othmar Schoeffler, who works for Roswell as a researcher. He gets a call from his secretary to meet him at his office. She gives him a letter in her handwriting from Dr. Langley asking him to come to the Johnson Space Center to inspect a new satellite launching a U.S. military interceptor.
Upon arrival he is met by the head of NASA, Colonel Ogden Collins, who doesn't want him to see the space satellite launch because it's been delayed and would take two weeks to reach him. They agree to take a long car ride to ensure a safe viewing.
They arrive at the base, where an elevator ride down takes them up to the control room where the men are there to witness the launch. The men find it out of place because it's early in the morning and the back wall is totally covered by satellites.
They decide to view the launch and they all rush downstairs to a window overlooking the launch. Othmar arrives at the top to see it fly over, but is suddenly attacked by one of the aliens, a bluish-green alien. He fights back and kills the alien, but is then struck in the face by the missile launched from the satellite, causing him to slip in and out of consciousness.
His body is taken to Johnson where he recovers. He returns to the space center and reports what he saw to Colonel Collins, who decides to launch the interceptor missile. Unfortunately the booster fails to ignite and launches too far from the base to return safely, although it successfully intercepts the United States Naval Radar Envelope's radar signal.
The movie series follows Dr. Langley and his institute, which soon come under scrutiny from President Eisenhower. The following year the Soviet Union launch Sputnik, which soon becomes the symbol of the United States and bring the two nations closer together.
In my opinion, The Sputnik Saga is the best film in the Sputnik Series. It's a clever comedy with a great story behind it. Watching it again really made me feel like the character did, especially since I think he feels almost nothing at first.