A 13-hour mini-series detailing James A. Michner's fictional account of the American space program from the years after World War II to the Apollo landings on the moon in the early 1970's.
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1985  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 Sen. Norman Grant (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Elinor Grant (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Penny Hardesty Pope (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Stanley Mott (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Leopold Strabismus / ... (5 episodes, 1985)
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 John Pope (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Leisel Kolff (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Dieter Kolff (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Tim Finnerty (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Narrator (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Rachel Mott (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Sen. Glancey (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Gawain Butler (4 episodes, 1985)
Les Lannom ...
 Larry Penzoss / ... (4 episodes, 1985)
Richard Delmonte ...
 Ramirez (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Randy Claggett (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Debbie Dee Claggett (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Tucker Thomas (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Skip Morgan (3 episodes, 1985)
Maggie Han ...
 Cindy Rhee (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Marcia Grant (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Dracula (3 episodes, 1985)
Peter Nelson ...
 Millard Mott (3 episodes, 1985)
Donald Craig ...
 Newsman (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Paul Stidham (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Funkhauser (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Victor Hardesty (2 episodes, 1985)
Scotch Byerley ...
 Harry Jensen (2 episodes, 1985)
James Edgcomb ...
 Ed Cater (2 episodes, 1985)
Lawrence Lott ...
 Timothy Bell (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Charles Lee (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Mrs. McKellar (2 episodes, 1985)
Gerald Hiken ...
 Prof. Anderson (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Raf Perry (2 episodes, 1985)
Mary Jackson ...
 Frankie (2 episodes, 1985)
Murphy Dunne ...
 Lt. Wiles (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Tom Savage (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Cluny Bell (2 episodes, 1985)
Christine Dickinson ...
 Gloria Cater (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Ed Specktor (2 episodes, 1985)
Ivan Bonar ...
 Harry Crampton / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
Jeanne Lange ...
 Inger Jensen (2 episodes, 1985)
Annie O'Neill ...
 Sandra Lee (2 episodes, 1985)
Richard Pierson ...
 Roger (2 episodes, 1985)
Robert Weaver ...
 Sam Cottage (2 episodes, 1985)
Julie Phillips ...
 Ronnie (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Commander Blount / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Pomfret (2 episodes, 1985)
Stephen Jenn ...
 Hans Brenner (2 episodes, 1985)
Lia Sargent ...
 Mia Portnoy (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Brother (2 episodes, 1985)
Sue Strain ...
 Sally Quint (2 episodes, 1985)
Bill Morey ...
 Dean Robert Hawkins / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Gen Quigley / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Jennings (2 episodes, 1985)
Sheila Ruskin ...
 Lt. Constance Hall-Tipping (2 episodes, 1985)
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 FBI Agent / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Himmler (2 episodes, 1985)
Nancy Abramson ...
 School Secretary (2 episodes, 1985)
Eleanor Zee ...
 Mrs. Griffin (2 episodes, 1985)
Richard Gordon ...
 CapCom (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Jean-Marie (2 episodes, 1985)
Lizabeth Pritchett ...
 Esther Glancey (2 episodes, 1985)
Woody Eney ...
 TV Science Consultant (2 episodes, 1985)
Marya Morgan ...
 Anchorwoman (2 episodes, 1985)
Michael Finnegan ...
 Pilot (2 episodes, 1985)
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A 13-hour mini-series detailing James A. Michner's fictional account of the American space program from the years after World War II to the Apollo landings on the moon in the early 1970's.

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14 April 1985 (USA)  »

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James A. Michener's Space  »

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Trivia

Norman Grant (James Garner) was a Republican senator in the book upon which this was based, but the character's political affiliation, along with other factors, were changed to suit Garner's personal (Democratic) politics. See more »

Goofs

During the launch of Apollo 18, several reaction shots in Mission Control show Stanley Mott and Deiter Kolpf in the MCC room, yet at the same time, through several scenes intertwined with the launch, both men are shown as being on a TV stage narrating the launch and explaining things as they happen. See more »

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Very close to history, with a good tangential ending.
22 November 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

My thoughts are essentially in agreement with the previous commentators. If you've read the book you'll know what to expect: an "epic" in the true sense of the word. The Mercury, Gemini and early Apollo astronauts are depicted pretty well as history shows them; in fact it seems difficult to separate the fictional from the might-be-real-but-not-well-known.

The version I saw in Australia has a final section covering the destruction of the "Challenger". This is done is a somewhat different style to the rest of the movie (a bit too "soft focus" and "tearjerker" for my liking), and is not in the book, either.

In style and approach, I would rate this as a little closer to "Right Stuff" than to "Apollo 13".


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