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This movie documents the Apollo missions perhaps the most definitively of any movie under two hours. Al Reinert watched all the footage shot during the missions--over 6,000,000 feet of it, ... See full summary »

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Narrator - Apollo 8, Apollo 13 (voice) (as James A. Lovell Jr.)
Russell Schweickart ...
Narrator - Apollo 9 (voice) (as Russell L. Schweickart)
Eugene Cernan ...
Narrator - Apollo 10, Apollo 17 (voice) (as Eugene A. Cernan)
Michael Collins ...
Narrator - Apollo 11 (voice)
Charles Conrad ...
Narrator - Apollo 12 (voice) (as Charles P. Conrad Jr.)
Richard Gordon ...
Narrator - Apollo 12 (voice) (as Richard F. Gordon Jr.)
Alan Bean ...
Narrator - Apollo 12 (voice) (as Alan L. Bean)
Jack Swigert ...
Narrator - Apollo 13 (voice) (as John L. Swigert Jr.)
Stuart Roosa ...
Narrator - Apollo 14 (voice) (as Stuart A. Roosa)
James Irwin ...
Narrator - Apollo 15 (voice) (as James B. Irwin)
Kenneth Mattingly ...
Narrator - Apollo 16 (voice) (as T. Kenneth Mattingly II)
Charles Duke ...
Narrator - Apollo 16 (voice) (as Charles M. Duke Jr.)
Harrison Schmitt ...
Narrator - Apollo 17 (voice) (as Harrison H. Schmitt)
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This movie documents the Apollo missions perhaps the most definitively of any movie under two hours. Al Reinert watched all the footage shot during the missions--over 6,000,000 feet of it, and picked out the best. Instead of being a newsy, fact-filled documentary. Reinart focuses on the human aspects of the space flights. The only voices heard in the film are the voices of the astronauts and mission control. Reinart uses the astronaunts' own words from interviews and from the mission footage. The score by Brian Eno underscores the strangeness, wonder, and and beauty of the astronauts' experiences--experiences which they were privileged to have for a first time "for all mankind." Written by Scott B. Fisher <sbfisher@burgoyne.com>

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1 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Erövringen av rymden  »

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$770,132 (USA)
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Trivia

The staging footage was captured because NASA wanted to document the flight process of an unmanned Saturn flight for feedback in case there was a failure for engineers to look at footage to see what went wrong. Cameras were mounted in strategic locations, kicking on at critical moments to document the staging process for less than half a minute. After completion, the light-tight canisters containing the exposed film were jettisoned, dropping to earth with homing beacons and parachutes inside protective heat shields. Air Force C-130 transport planes, towing gigantic nets, recovered the canisters in the southern Atlantic Ocean. See more »

Goofs

When showing the scenes of trans-lunar injection (firing the rocket to leave earth orbit for the moon), scenes of a Gemini spacecraft reentering the atmosphere are shown instead. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: I had a bet with somebody who didn't, uh, really felt that Neil spent a great deal of time before he went figuring out his famous words, and they were not extemporaneous, on-the-spot, historical words. He actually felt that these words might have even been written for Neil by somebody else. And I said well, I'll betcha five hundred bucks that when I get to the bottom of the ladder - and nobody ever remembers what the second person to do something does anyhow - I'm gonna say "It might have been ...
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Filmed on location by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. See more »

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Referenced in Drive (1991) See more »

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The Secret Place
Courtesy of EG Records (Apollo)
Written and Performed by Daniel Lanois
Arranged by Brian Eno
Licensed by EG Music, Inc. (BMI)
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If only I could have afforded a laserdisc player
16 February 2000 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

I won't reiterate all of the praise of this film except to say that if I had just few more spare dollars when it was released on laserdisc, I would have bought a laserdisc player just for this title (and 2001). Fortunately years later I've already purchased a DVD player and For All Mankind has finally been released on that format.

To me the defining moment of this film is the lunar lander slowly returning to the command module. At first we only see the cratered surface of the Moon moving below at incredible speed. Then we see a tiny motionless speck above it. Was it a defect in the lens? Of course not. It's the lunar lander slowly returning from the surface. It seems to take much longer than it really does because there are no cuts and no narrator explaining what we already know we're seeing. There's only a dot turning into a space ship. What more could you add to this amazing sight?


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