Picks and Pans Review: Ignore the Temptation to Dismiss This Well-Done and Absorbing Drama as Nothing More Than a Female Version of the Right Stuff. the Story Follows a Trio of Women Astronauts—sharon (cagney & Lacey) Gless, Dee (e.t.) Wallace and Anne

updated 02/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

film to depict flying emergencies. Gless plays a no-nonsense mathematician and ace pilot who is having troubles with her astronaut boyfriend, David Ackroyd. Wallace is a botanist, physicist and mother of two who is unable to break away from her domineering father, Barnard Hughes. As for Archer, she's a doctor, Olympic equestrian and cellist (don't any of these women do just one thing?) who nonetheless agonizes over whether she has the mettle to make it aboard the shuttle. All three actresses do themselves proud here, elucidating not only the mental and physical strain of becoming an astronaut but the personal tolls exacted as well.

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