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Destination Moon (1950)

 -  Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  August 1950 (USA)
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One of the first science fiction films to attempt a high level of accurate technical detail tells the story of the first trip to the moon.

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After their their latest rocket fails, Dr. Charles Cargraves and retired General Thayer have to start over again. this time, Gen. Thayer approaches Jim Barnes, the head of his own aviation construction firms to help build a rocket that will take them to the moon. Together they gather the captains of industry and all pledge to support the goals of having the united States be the first to put a man on the moon. They build their rocket and successfully leave the Earth's gravitational pull and make the landing as scheduled. Barnes has miscalculated their fuel consumption however and after stripping the ship bare, they are still 100 lbs too heavy meaning that one of them will have to stay behind. Written by garykmcd

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TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING!


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$5,000,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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A massive campaign was undertaken to create public awareness of the film during its production. This campaign also attracted the attention of independent producer Robert L. Lippert who rushed a low budget space travel film, Rocketship X-M (1950), into production to capitalize on this campaign. Legal action forced Lippert to modify the campaign for his film. Material sent to exhibitors for "Rocketship X-M" carried the disclaimer "This is not 'Destination Moon'." Lippert was able to have "Rocketship X-M" into general release more than three weeks before this film had its preview engagements. See more »

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When Cargraves and Thayer are watching the launch of the satellite at the beginning, they are looking out a window while facing away from the camera. Then, in one continuous take, they turn around to face the camera and walk out of the building to look at the wreckage that is now on the opposite side of the building they were in. See more »

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Industrialist: Now listen, fella, I've known you from way back. Two-engine planes weren't fast enough: you had to go in for four. Then props weren't fast enough: you had to go in for jets. Now you've got a hold of something else, something that'll go higher and faster than anything that ever existed before. You can't swing it alone, so you're trying to rope us in on it. Well, before we go along with you, you'll have to tell us: what's the payoff?
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At the end of the film, a story of the first flight to the Moon, the words THIS IS THE END are displayed first, then OF THE BEGINNING is added. See more »

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Exciting and realistic sci-fi adventure.
6 January 2000 | by (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was very surprised with how fresh and well made this film was. I grew up seeing the landings on the moon on TV. While these were exciting, they became too commonplace after a while(except for Apollo 13). The film captures the excitement of the trip and the landing and exploration of the moon very well. The best thing they did was to keep it realistic and avoid them meeting mutant monsters along the way. I especially loved the scene when they claim the moon on behalf of and for mankind. What a great moment full of awe and wonder. Throughout, I kept realizing that my reactions to many of the situations they faced would be exactly the same. The end is very tense and although I knew how it would turn out, I was on the edge of my seat. Not to be missed.


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