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Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)

Unrated  |   |  Documentary, Animation, Short  |  23 September 2005 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Jack Schmitt (voice)
Andrew Husmann ...
Astronaut Scott
Buzz Aldrin (voice)
Aaron White ...
Astronaut Irwin
Al Shepard (voice)
Astronaut Grace
Neil Armstrong (voice)
Scott Wilder ...
Astronaut Wallace
Future Astronaut
Charles Duke (voice)
Alpha Station Commander (voice)
Bo Stevenson ...
Conspiracy Grip
Future Houston Capcom (voice)


This program strives to give the viewer an impression of what it is like to actually be on the moon. It provides a romantic, inspirational depiction of the Apollo astronauts travels on the moon peppered by their quotations of their impressions. Written by David Foss

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Only 12 Have Walked On The moon. This Fall, You're Next!


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Release Date:

23 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Magnificent Desolation  »

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$503,253 (USA) (23 September 2005)


$33,557,433 (USA) (23 July 2010)

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1.44 : 1
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Colin HanksTom Hanks' son as Neil Armstrong in the "conspiracy" gag. See more »


For the future scene at the end of the film we are told it takes place at "Aitken Basin - South Pole" and that it's at 16 48 S. Latitude. 16 48 south latitude is nowhere near the south pole. It's much closer to the lunar equator that to the lunar south pole. See more »


References Man on the Moon (1999) See more »

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A mild disappointment
1 October 2005 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I went to see DESOLATION this afternoon with the hope of it delivering on the hype: namely, a virtual walk on the moon. does deliver that...but in frustrating snippets.

After all, with only 40 min of film time (for $10.50), I was really hoping for an immersion experience, start to finish. Instead...the actual scenes devoted to 3-D moonscape are rarely longer than 10 seconds each, interspersed with 10 MINUTES of inane filler cute school kids trying to remember the names of the Apollo astronauts. Sheesh...very much 'spell breaking'. do come away with a few shots to remember. But a virtual 'experience' of being on the surface of the moon?? Not really. More like an MTV experience of being on the moon, for the attention span challenged.


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