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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
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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
James Austin .... engineering
Chris Barron .... transfer (as Christopher Barron)
Joe Beachy .... boom operator
Steve Bedaux .... sound mixer
Courtney Bishop .... adr recordist
Jonathan Greber .... transfer
Howie Hammerman .... engineering (as Howard Hammerman)
Brian Magerkurth .... re-recordist (as Brian Magerkurt)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
James Morioka .... adr editor
James Morioka .... dialogue editor
Steve Morris .... engineering
Juan Peralta .... mix technician
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor: Hammerhead Sound Inc.
Ronald G. Roumas .... re-recordist (as Ron Roumas)
Christopher Scarabosio .... fx editor (as Chris Scarabosio)
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound: design (as Chris Scarabosio)
Rob Scott .... sound mixer
Gary Summers .... 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
Eric Robinson .... DMR artist: Imax (as D. Eric Robinson)
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
Mike Hintermeister .... imax camera technician
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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Did You Know?

Cameo: [Colin Hanks]Tom Hanks' son as Neil Armstrong in the "conspiracy" gag.See more »
Factual errors: In the surface emergency sequence, when one astronaut's portable life support system fails, he activates his OPS (Oxygen Purge System), i.e., emergency oxygen supply. But he fails to open the purge valve that lets the oxygen flow through and out of his suit. The valve is unlocked by pulling a pin attached to the red ball ("red apple") hanging from the lower right front of the suit.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Star Trek" (1966)See more »


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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Children of the space race will love this movie, 24 September 2005
Author: budman57

Wow doesn't begin to do justice to the experience of this movie. Thank you Tom Hanks for your passion and for helping us to understand what it was like to be there through this film, and through the mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.

Today I saw Magnificent Desolation at my local IMAX and I highly recommend it to anyone who was a child of the space race or an adult during that time. I found the make-up of the crowd really interesting; a lot of guys in their 40's like me who probably built all the spacecraft models as kids, taking their own children to the movie to show them what going to the moon was all about.

For me, it was like a religious experience. At the beginning there is a shot they created of Buzz Aldrin climbing down the ladder of the lunar module to take his first steps, and the viewer's perspective is of standing about 100 feet away on the surface, watching. It was so realistic I felt I had been transported back in time and was watching the history making event as it actually happened. For a few moments I was overwhelmed at the sudden realization of what Armstrong and Aldrin had experienced, and literally had tears in my eyes while watching the scene.

The 3D effects on the IMAX screen are so good that you find you often need to refocus your eyes to look at different things in the scene. It's a bit disconcerting at first, compared to a normal movie, but after a few minutes you adjust and enjoy the experience.

Shots of the inside of the Apollo 15 lunar module as it was descending to the plain at Hadley were very cool, and looking out the window was almost like being there. It was very realistic. On the lunar surface they did a fantastic job of integrating the high quality still photos taken by the astronauts to create a lunar landscape that was so real looking you would swear you could reach out and pick up a rock to take home.

The movie is relatively short (less than 50 mins.) so the documentary content is brief and concise, focusing on the concept/vision of going to the moon rather than a lot of details about how it was done (for that type of story, see the twelve episodes of From the Earth to the Moon). The documentary sections were interspersed with the re-creation of scenes showing what it was really like to land and work there. I left the theater with a true sense of understanding and awe of what it must have been like to have journeyed to the moon.

Two thumbs up

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