From the Earth to the Moon (1998)

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Dramatized portrayal of the Apollo manned space program.

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Through dramatization, this series relates the story of the conquest of the moon by the Americans, from the Mercury and Gemini projects to the legendary Apollo missions. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Actor Bryan Cranston, who portrays Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, also portrayed astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom in the movie "That Thing You Do! (1996)". His Gus Grissom is interviewed on the make believe TV show Hollywood Television Showcase in the latter. Tom Hanks produced both as well as directed "That Thing You Do! (1996)" and segments of "_"From the Earth to the Moon" (1998) (mini)_". See more »

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In the "1968" chapter, we see a TV reporter broadcasting with a massive picture-window view of the Saturn 5, and then feeling the shock wave from engine ignition just before the window falls in. The view is from 1/4 mile SE of pad 39A, a dangerously close point for anyone. The press site is 3.1 miles west of the pad. Also, the incident happened to Walter Cronkite at the Apollo 4 launch, Nov. 9, 1967. The launch depicted here (coinciding with the King assassination) is Apollo 6 on Apr. 4, 1968. See more »

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[about the Lunar Module]
Astronaut James McDivitt: It's a beautiful machine, Tom!
Tom Kelly: It is, isn't it?
Rusty Schweikart: You really think that thing is beautiful?
Astronaut James McDivitt: God no, it looks like a toaster oven with legs, but I'm not gonna tell him that.
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An inspirationally movie, a Must-See for Everyone
3 February 2001 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

From the Earth to the Moon is a stunning masterpiece that captures the triumph of a defining moment in the history of the world: Humankind's arrival to, short exploration of, and return from, it's planetary neighbor the Moon.

Tom Hanks brought together actors, writers, directors, producers, and composers of the highest caliber to deliver an accurate, outstanding, hard hitting film.

From the Earth to the Moon is a 12 hour movie spanning the United States involvement in the space race from the first man in space in 1961 to the last lunar landing in 1972. The movie teaches, gives insights, paints portraits of real people, and is simply fascinating.

The stories told in From the Earth to the Moon are inspiring, captivating, funny, thrilling, and heartbreaking. The true stories are absolutely unforgettable, stories of the men, women, and machines of the Apollo era.

All the stories presented in the film are special, and one that touched me was the story of Apollo 7. With the tragedy of Apollo 1, the movie reveals how Apollo 7 and its crew were America's last chance to make it happen. The movie beautifully presents the pressure Wally Shirra, his crew, and NASA were under before the lift-off of Apollo 7. Had Apollo 7 failed, the space program certainly would have stopped and the world would have never experienced Apollo 11's lunar landing.

The live footage shown from the Apollo 7 lift-off is awesome and spectacular. Generations from now will watch Apollo 7's lift-off to be amazed that humans could achieve such an engineering and technical marvel and scholars will debate in awe how the political, social, and economic environments of the time made such an event possible.

After viewing the entire movie, I was struck with sense of sadness. The Apollo program seemed to allow people's ideas to flourish and pull together around one common goal. That goal, of landing a man on the moon, was noble and exciting. It drew on man's positive strengths to explore, learn, move forward, and better the human condition. Someday, mankind must again reach for the stars.

From the Earth to the Moon will stay with you for a long, long time.


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