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For All Mankind (1989)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 1 November 1989 (USA)
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)
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Narrator - Apollo 10, Apollo 17 (voice) (as Eugene A. Cernan)
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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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A Film by Al Reinert


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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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There is a shot of the moon appearing in the window of the capsule. Director Al Reinert says there was no shot available of the moon showing in the window of the command module, so a film crew went down to the Johnson Space Center, pasted a photo of the moon on a hatch cover at the museum, and filmed it to illustrate astronaut Ken Mattingly's description of what he saw in his flight. See more »

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For scenes of spacewalks in earth orbit, scenes from Apollo 9 are mixed with scenes from Gemini program spacewalks. See more »

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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 The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) See more »

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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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Fantastic, essential viewing. A real gem.
29 October 2004 | by (Luton, England) – See all my reviews

I taped this off British TV in 1989 or 1990, and could never understand why nobody I speak to has ever heard of it! Even real space enthusiasts have not seen or heard of this wonderful film. Even today it remains unavailable on DVD except in the USA (buy an import from Amazon, well worth it!).

Quite simply there is no better way to tell the story of such a unique and special journey than in the words of those who undertook it. Here we have the live radio transmissions between the astronauts and Houston, reminiscences from the astronauts a decade or so after and no interference from any professional actor/narrator. There is footage even the most obsessed space enthusiast will not have seen, especially the 8mm film shot by the astronauts themselves.

This film presents, in a mere 80 minutes, the story of the Apollo missions from pre-launch preparations though the journey, their time on the surface of the moon to the take-off from the moon and safe return to earth. The views are as majestic as any on the earth, all accompanied by soft and appropriately ethereal music.

Why this hidden gem of a film is not constantly being broadcast on a documentary channel or even entertainment stations is totally beyond me

  • and also beyond those I have shared the DVD with. Seek out this film


and watch it. As a friend said to me, "why is it we can walk into any shop and buy row upon row of rubbish and we cannot buy this, which shows a real achievement of mankind".


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