* ExecutiveMeddling: Fritz Lang resisted pressure from Ufa to add a sound track, meaning the film did poorly at a time when the public was rapt over the new 'talkies'. As well as ThoseWackyNazis confiscating the release prints, the film was chopped down from its original 156-minute length by distributors trying to make it more of an action-adventure film; therefore, some scenes have not survived the years.
* HilariousInHindsight: Turner's Hitlerian hairstyle. If only he had the mustache to go with it.
* LifeImitatesArt: This film actually invented the countdown, in order to increase the drama of the launch. Wernherr von Braun (head of the Nazi rocket program and later NASA) loved the movie so much, he put [[https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Originalgetreue_Bemalung_der_V2-Nachbildung_im_HIT_Peenem%C3%BCnde.jpg plaques]] of the movie on his rockets.