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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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 »


(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 »


T. Kenneth Mattingly II: I had the only window at this point, and I looked out, and doggone if the moon wasn't visible in the daylight right straight out the top of the window. I know they're doin' their job right because the moon's right straight ahead and that's where we're pointed and they're gonna launch us right straight to this thing.
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Filmed on location by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. See more »


Referenced in Alunizar (2013) See more »


Asian River
Courtesy of Opal Records (Music For Films III)
Written and Performed by Brian Eno
Licensed by Upala Music/Hamstein (BMI)
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Found this film through Eno's album...
6 February 2001 | by (Burbank, CA) – See all my reviews

I've been a fan of Brian Eno's work for years, and have cherished the album entitled "Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks." The album is the commissioned soundtrack for this compilation documentary of the NASA Apollo missions. What a harmony of the arts this is. The stark NASA footage coupled with the hauntingly soothing score create a fascinating marriage of techniques and styles. Although the music editor overused certain tracks over others, the subtlety of Eno's music prevents it from becoming repetitive. A pleasure to watch.

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