For All Mankind (1989)

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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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Credited cast:
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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself (archive footage)
Bill Anders ...
Himself (archive footage)


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 <>

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A Film by Al Reinert


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1 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Erövringen av rymden  »

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$770,132 (USA)

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Did You Know?


In the opening scene, President John F. Kennedy stands at the podium, giving his famous speech about the government's plan for lunar travel at Rice University. In the scene, President Kennedy's voice-over says, "We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained and new rights to be won and they must be won and used for the progress of all mankind." President Kennedy in actuality, said, "...used for the progress of all people." Director Al Reinert, using creative license, decided to splice President Kennedy's words, dubbing "mankind" over "people," using a part of the President's speech earlier on in his address. See more »


(at around 36 mins) During the Apollo 13 coverage, Houston is heard telling the astronauts to "try SCE to auxiliary." This is actually from the launch of Apollo 12 after it was struck by lightning. See more »


[Command Module Pilot Mattingly stands on the launch tower, waiting to enter Apollo 16]
T. Kenneth Mattingly II: I just stood around and waited until they strapped in. And here was a kind of a strange quiet. You look out and you can see the large part of the state and ocean and this - this thing out here. You have the feeling that it's alive.
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Crazy Credits

This film is indebted to the staff of the Johnson Space Center. See more »


Referenced in Drive (1991) See more »


4-Minute Warning
Courtesy of Opal Records (Music For Films III)
Written and Performed by John Paul Jones
Licensed by Upala Music/Hamstein (BMI)
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Twenty years after the first manned moon landing, there came the best documentary about Apollo, and by extension, the space program that I've ever seen!
5 February 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

Nothing I can say could possibly do this documentary justice, but I'm going to try anyway. One of the greatest (in more than one sense) and most profound of human endeavors that has ever been undertaken is the effort at spaceflight. The most notable achievement is the landing and return of humans to the Moon. This documentary recaptures the awe and wonder I felt (and still feel today) when I watched the landing. Nominated for Documentary Feature, it should have won (or at least tied). As good as Common Threads was and is, for For All Mankind not to have won says more about the Academy and present-day society's fixation on now and its indifference to both yesterday and tomorrow. In a disposable society where creativity is less honored than timliness and for whom all too many, the past is what they had for breakfast, twenty years may as well be two thousand. Sic Transit Gloria (Thus Passeth Glory). Most, most highly RECOMMENDED!!!

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