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1 November 1989 (USA) See more »
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A Film by Al Reinert
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This movie documents the Apollo missions perhaps the most definitively of any movie under two hours... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins See more »
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DVD Playhouse--July 2009
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jim Lovell ... 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:

Buzz Aldrin ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Anders ... Himself (archive footage)

Neil Armstrong ... Himself (archive footage)
Stephen Bales ... Himself (archive footage) (as Steve Bales)
Frank Borman ... Himself (archive footage)
Walter Cunningham ... Himself (archive footage)
Ron Evans ... Himself (archive footage)
Fred Haise ... Himself (archive footage)
Neil B. Hutchinson ... Himself (archive footage)
Christopher Kraft ... Himself (archive footage) (as Chris Kraft)
Gene Kranz ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim McDivitt ... Himself (archive footage)
Edgar D. Mitchell ... Himself (archive footage) (as Ed Mitchell)
Bob Overmyer ... Himself (archive footage)

Buck Owens ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Wally Schirra ... Himself (archive footage)
Dave Scott ... Himself (archive footage)
Alan Shepard ... Himself (archive footage)
Deke Slayton ... Himself (archive footage)
Thomas P. Stafford ... Himself (archive footage) (as Tom Stafford)
Edward H. White II ... Himself (archive footage) (as Ed White)
John Young ... Himself (archive footage)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (behind JFK) (archive footage) (uncredited)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joe Kerwin ... Himself - capsule communicator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Al Reinert 
 
Produced by
Betsy Broyles Breier .... producer
David W. Leitner .... co-producer (as David Leitner)
Ben Young Mason .... executive producer
Fred Miller .... executive producer
Al Reinert .... producer
Jonathan Turell .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Brian Eno 
 
Film Editing by
Susan Korda 
 
Production Management
Maria Groumbas .... post-production supervisor
Kathryn Pasternak .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Wayne Bell .... additional sound recordist
Doug Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
Ross Davis .... sound re-recording mixer
Lee De Carlo .... post-production sound supervisor (as Lee DeCarlo)
Douglas Greenfield .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Barbara Issak .... sound editor
Jon Johnson .... sound editor
Alex Markowski .... sound engineer (as Alexander Markowski)
Richard L. Morrison .... sound re-recording mixer
George Nemzer .... sound editor
Miguel Rivera .... sound editor
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Levie Isaacks .... additional photographer
 
Editorial Department
Eric Jenkins .... additional editor
Goran Milutinovic .... additional editor
David Pulse .... color timer
Chuck Weiss .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Roger Eno .... composer: additional music
Daniel Lanois .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
David W. Leitner .... 16 mm to 35 mm blow-up (as David Leitner)
 
Thanks
Chuck Biggs .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Roger B. Chaffee .... dedicatee: Apollo 1, January 27, 1967
Marika Christ .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Georgy Dobrovolsky .... dedicatee: Soyuz 11, June 30, 1971
Gayle Frere .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Mike Gentry .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Gus Grissom .... dedicatee: Apollo 1, January 27, 1967 (as Virgil I. Grissom)
John Holland .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Denny Howe .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Gregory Jarvis .... dedicatee: Challenger, January 28, 1986
Vladimir Komarov .... dedicatee: Soyuz 1, April 24, 1967
Gentry Lee .... special thanks
Christa McAuliffe .... dedicatee: Challenger, January 28, 1986
John McLeaish .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Ron McNair .... dedicatee: Challenger, January 28, 1986
Goran Milutinovic .... in memory of
Gary Morrison .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Pete Nubile .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Ellison Onizuka .... dedicatee: Challenger, January 28, 1986
Diana Ormsby .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Glenn Osbourne .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Viktor Patsayev .... dedicatee: Soyuz 11, June 30, 1971
Don Pickard .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Judith A. Resnik .... dedicatee: Challenger, January 28, 1986
John Riley .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Bill Robbins .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Carl Sagan .... special thanks
Francis Scobee .... dedicatee: Challenger, January 28, 1986
Michael John J. Smith .... dedicatee: Challenger, January 28, 1986
Theodore Strauss .... special thanks
Lisa Vasquez .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Vladislav Volkov .... dedicatee: Soyuz 11, June 30, 1971
Doug Ward .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Chuck Welch .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Edward H. White II .... dedicatee: Apollo 1, January 27, 1967
Terry White .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Morris Williams .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
Frank Zehniner .... this film is indebted to the men and women of the Johnson Space Center, especially:
 

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80 min
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Canada:G (Manitoba/Quebec) | Singapore:G | Sweden:Btl | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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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 »
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Factual errors: For scenes of spacewalks in earth orbit, scenes from Apollo 9 are mixed with scenes from Gemini program spacewalks.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...
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Film That Is Truly "For All Mankind", 12 April 2007
Author: Matthew Kresal from United States

I saw this film at a very, very young age and I suspect that it is the reason I developed a heavy interest in space exploration. I recently saw this again for the first time in many years since all I had was a vague recollection of it. And after watching many times since then I have no problem saying that this is one of the best documentaries ever made.

One must give the film's director, Al Reinert, at a ton of credit for his work. Who else could have come up with the brilliant notion behind this film? Who would have thought of taking footage from all of the Apollo missions (and a couple of the Gemini missions) and combining them with the words of the men who went where no one had (or has since) gone before? (Apologies for paraphrasing Star Trek) The genius of this film is that it shuns away from traditional documentary styling. Instead of compiling facts on one mission and having a well known actor/actress do the narration, the film lets those who went tell the story. Who else is better qualified? They might not be professional actors, but the astronauts don't need to be. It is the power of the events they describe that is the main reason for their presence. They are a powerful voice in this story.

In many reviews I have read, I have seen complaints about the mixing of footage or the use of footage out of its context (a Gemini reentry used for the TLI burn for example). Yes the mixing is nowhere near subtle and is, thus, blatantly obvious. But it is my feeling that this mixing was necessary. The only way to get across the story of Apollo's achievement to the average person was to mix the footage. Does it really matter in the end? I mean by that this: the film isn't about a single mission to the Moon. No, the power of Apollo lies not in each mission, but in the overall effect of the Apollo program. This film is about the journey of Apollo, the effect in had on the astronauts, and the effect it had on us all.

If there is one element of this film that really stayed with men it was the music. It is among the most beautiful and haunting things you will ever here. Brian Eno does a marvelous job of conveying the mystery and majesty of both space and the Moon. This is one of those scores who really have to hear to believe.

For All Mankind, perhaps better then anything else out there, demonstrates the power of humanity in space. For one to really appreciate this film it needs to be seen on a large screen in surround sound. Only then can one appreciate both the film and the power of the Apollo legacy. This is the first film I've seen that I recommend to everyone. This is a film that is truly "For All Mankind".

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