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23 September 2005 (USA) See more »
Only 12 Have Walked On The moon. This Fall, You're Next!
This program strives to give the viewer an impression of what it is like to actually be on the moon... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Why Tom Hanks Needs to Go Sci-Fi
 (From Cinematical. 28 October 2009, 7:02 PM, PDT)

Doc Channel, Imax ink content deal
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 13 April 2008)

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  (in credits order)

Tom Hanks ... Narrator (voice)

John Corbett ... Jack Schmitt (voice)
Andrew Husmann ... Astronaut Scott

Bryan Cranston ... Buzz Aldrin (voice)
Aaron White ... Astronaut Irwin

Matt Damon ... Al Shepard (voice)

Gary Hershberger ... Astronaut Grace

Morgan Freeman ... Neil Armstrong (voice)
Scott Wilder ... Astronaut Wallace

Brandy Blackledge ... Future Astronaut

Scott Glenn ... Charles Duke (voice)

Rick Gomez ... Alpha Station Commander (voice)

Colin Hanks ... Conspiracy Neil Armstrong
Bo Stevenson ... Conspiracy Grip

Frank John Hughes ... Future Houston Capcom (voice)

Tim Matheson ... Houston Capcom (voice)

Matthew McConaughey ... Al Bean (voice)

Neal McDonough ... Reservoir Commander (voice)

Paul Newman ... Dave Scott (voice)

Bill Paxton ... Ed Mitchell (voice)

Barry Pepper ... John Young (voice)

Kevin Pollak ... Director (voice)
Julie Shimer ... Future Astronaut (voice)

Gary Sinise ... Gene Cernan (voice)

Peter Scolari ... Pete Conrad (voice)

John Travolta ... Jim Irwin (voice)

Donnie Wahlberg ... Helium 3 Commander (voice)

Rita Wilson ... Beta Station Commander (voice)

Directed by
Mark Cowen 
Writing credits
Tom Hanks (written by) and
Mark Cowen (written by) and
Christopher G. Cowen (written by)

Produced by
Neal Allen .... line producer
Christopher G. Cowen .... associate producer
Mark Cowen .... producer
Jini Durr .... supervising producer
Greg Foster .... supervising producer
Gary Goetzman .... producer
Tom Hanks .... producer
Mark Herzog .... executive producer
Mark Herzog .... producer
Hugh Murray .... executive producer
Original Music by
Blake Neely 
Cinematography by
Sean MacLeod Phillips  (as Sean Phillips)
Film Editing by
Billy Schinski 
Casting by
Chris Bustard 
Production Design by
Charles Dwight Lee 
Set Decoration by
Jon Danniells 
Makeup Department
Kathleen Crawford .... makeup department head
Production Management
Neal Allen .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neal Allen .... assistant director
Frank Kostenko Jr. .... second assistant director
Art Department
Joe Branam .... rigging
Shane Buckallew .... lead plaster foreman
Gustavo R. Ferreyra .... digital set designer
Matt Hausmann .... art production assistant
Brook Mansbridge .... general foreman
Thomas Meikle .... sculptor
Eric P. Paczkowski .... set dresser
Charles Randolph .... set dresser (as Charles Jason Randolph)
William Small .... set dresser
James Torvinen .... property master
Butch West .... construction coordinator
Matt Hausmann .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Joe Beachy .... boom operator
Steve Bedaux .... sound mixer
Courtney Bishop .... adr recordist
Brian Magerkurth .... sound re-recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
James Morioka .... adr editor
James Morioka .... dialogue editor
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound designer
Rob Scott .... sound mixer
Gary Summers .... sound re-recording mixer
Cory Mandel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michael Adkisson .... digital compositor
Romulo Adriano Jr. .... visual effects coordinator
Kristen Andersen .... visual effects producer: Live Wire Productions (as Kristen Simmons)
Johnathan R. Banta .... digital supervisor: Sassoon Film Design
Peter Bas .... digital artist: stereoscopic conversion
Barry Berman .... lead artist
Robert Bloom .... DMR artist: Imax
Tatjana Bozinovski .... digital compositor: Digital Dimension
Chris Brown .... digital producer: Sassoon Film Design
Erik Bruhwiler .... digital compositor: Digital Dimension
Jim Carbonetti .... stereoscopic supervisor: Digital Dimension
Jason Crosby .... cg supervisor
Chris Del Conte .... visual effects producer: Digital Dimension
Colin Feist .... digital compositor
Mitch Gates .... digital effects artist: Digital Dimension
Jack Geist .... visual effects producer
Benoit Girard .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Dimension
Neil Greenberg .... visual effects editor
Christopher Hagerthy .... digital artist: Live Wire Productions
Paul Haman .... matte painter: Sassoon Film Design
Eric Hanson .... lead digital artist: Sassoon Film Design
Mike Harris .... digital effects artist
Travis Wade Ivy .... digital artist
Michael G. Jackson .... digital effects artist
Brandi Johnson .... digital effects artist
Jason Jue .... digital compositor
Taryn P. Kelly .... visual effects coordinator: Digital Dimension
Harimander Singh Khalsa .... digital effects artist (as Michael Cashore)
Val Kharitonashvili .... digital artist
John Knoll .... visual effects supervisor: Apollo 15 landing sequence
Anthony Kramer .... visual effects production assistant: Digital Dimension
Fred S. Kuentz .... model maker
Peter Lehrack .... digital artist
Alan G. Markowitz .... titles & credits design
David Marshall .... digital artist
Landon Medeiros .... visual effects production assistant: Digital Dimension
Justin Mitchell .... digital artist
Jerome Morin .... visual effects executive producer: Digital Dimension
Jeremy Nicolaides .... stereoscopic compositor
Peter Pelisek .... DMR artist: Imax
Sean MacLeod Phillips .... visual effects supervisor
Tom Piedmont .... digital artist: Sassoon Film Design
Chad Ridgeway .... rotoscope artist: Digital Dimension
Andrew Roberts .... digital effects artist: Digital Dimension
D. Eric Robinson .... DMR artist: Imax
Matt Rosenfeld .... digital artist
Daniel Rubin .... digital compositor: Digital Dimension
Tim Sassoon .... visual effects supervisor: Sassoon Film Design
Erick Schiele .... compositor
Paul Schneider .... software support
Scott Simmons .... visual effects supervisor: Live Wire Productions
Brian Smallwood .... lead digital compositor: Digital Dimension
Ryan T. Smolarek .... digital compositor: Digital Dimension
Marion Spates .... digital effects artist: Digital Dimension
Tammy Sutton .... rotoscope and paint supervisor: Digital Dimension
Alexandre Thiery .... visual effects production intern
Phi Tran .... digital effects artist: Digital Dimension
Tong Tran .... digital effects artist: Digital Dimension
Leandro Visconti .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Wendy Whaley .... digital stereoscopic artist
Melissa Widup .... DMR artist: IMax
Travis Yohnke .... digital effects artist: Digital Dimension
Christian Zurcher .... visual effects
Sean Looper .... pipeline technical director: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
Federico Rivia .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Joe Branam .... aerial stunts
Damon Caro .... stunt performer
Marvin Francis .... stunt rigger
Samuel Le .... stunt performer
Denney Pierce .... stunts
Rex Reddick .... stunts
Karin Silvestri .... stunt double: Brandy Blackledge
Marcus Young .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Amaral .... lighting technician
Wayne Baker .... first assistant camera
Steve Bentley .... electrician
Brian Cantrell .... best boy electric
Pete Escobar .... grip
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Steven A. Guerrero .... crane grip
Jesse Jaraczewski .... electrician
Jim McEachen .... gaffer
Jason Selsor .... key rigging grip
James M. Wykoff .... grip
Editorial Department
Claudia Huerta .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kory Kruckenberg .... scoring assistant engineer
Elizabeth Neely .... music studio manager
Robert Puff .... additional music preparer
Robert Puff .... music librarian
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor
Patrick Spain .... assistant score engineer
Other crew
Deborah Bacquel .... production accountant
Wes Ball .... pre-visualization artist
Justin Barber .... pre-visualization artist
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Doug Bilitch .... stand-in: "Astronaut"
Kaylene Carlson .... production coordinator
Brandon Carroll .... assistant: Mark Cowen
Michael Coons .... stand-in: "Astronaut"
John Crockett .... stand-in: "Astronaut"
Jessica Franks .... key set assistant
Cory Johnson .... office production assistant
Lizette Kilmer .... production secretary (as Lizette Jaimes)
Melissa Reynolds .... production assistant
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Sue Terry .... researcher
Brad Wilder .... production assistant
Paul Wilson-Young .... production assistant (as Paul Young)

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USA:40 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Cameo: [Colin Hanks]Tom Hanks' son as Neil Armstrong in the "conspiracy" gag.See more »
Factual errors: In the emergency scenario the spacesuit connectors for cooling water and oxygen from the PLSS (Portable Life Support System) are reversed and the BSLSS (Buddy Secondary Life Support System) hose is incorrectly connected between the suit oxygen inlets. The BSLSS shared only the cooling water from a single working PLSS, not oxygen. This allowed the astronaut with the failed PLSS to extend his emergency oxygen supply.See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
When the Moon Hits Your Eye -- Magnificent Desolation Tickles All Senses., 17 November 2005

Magnificent Desolation plays mostly as a promotional piece for young, would-be astronauts. The impetus for the production, it seems, was the thought that interest in the Moon, and space exploration in general, has been waning. The film is about one-third education, one-third inspiration and one-third mystifying 3-D visual effects.

At 40 minutes, it's a short number -- which suits school children well. Now that my attention span has grown with age, however, I wished it had been longer and the recreated 3-D scenes had been more embellished -- maybe an adult version fraught with fictional peril. I became greedy for more time in the 3rd dimension.

The three-dimensional visuals are stunning – like none that I have ever seen. The 3-D glasses are still somewhat clownish in appearance, but are an advancement compared to the cheap-paper disposals I am accustomed to, as they don't distort your view with hues of blue and red.

I predict that there will be renewed interest in viewing films in 3-D, and Robert Zemeckis and Co. are wise to re-release the Polar Express in 3-D IMAX format this December.

Although for the adult, the educational aspect may be a little rudimentary or underwhelming, Magnificent Desolation is inspiring, and I'm always willing to pay a few bucks for some inspiration; to be reminded of how incredibly amazing our achievements have been over the past 100 years, and how amazingly able we humans are at realizing dreams that still seem so impossible, so mystifying -- whether viewed through 3-D glasses or just contemplated on a clear night while looking up at the night's sky.

To be the first man to ever set foot on the Moon is an ineffably fantastic feet; to think that you were the first person to set foot on something that every living inhabitant of this earth has looked upon since the inception of this planet. It's amazing -- one of the most extraordinary experiences one can have -- talk about "out of this world!" I didn't fully appreciate the awesomeness of this accomplishment until I was forced to think about it this past weekend while watching this film. So, I think the Magnificent Desolation is effective at getting audiences to think a little more about how amazing the original Apollo missions were.

In closing, even though my matured tastes left me wanting more, in the end I think it best that Magnificent Desolation is what it is: a simple, short film that captivates the eyes, minds and, hopefully, hearts of young and old alike, inspiring us all to continue reaching and dreaming of things that appear beyond reach of human capacity, for Magnificent Desolation reminds us that how things appear is just that, illusionary appearance. In this world, during our lifetime, anything is possible.

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