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In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

PG  |   |  Documentary, History  |  2 November 2007 (UK)
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The surviving crew members from NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.


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Himself (archive footage)
Stephen Armstrong ...
Himself (archive footage)
Viola Armstrong ...
Herself (archive footage)
Alan Bean ...
Eugene Cernan ...
Michael Collins ...
Charles Duke ...
Himself (as Charlie Duke)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (as James Lovell)
Edgar D. Mitchell ...
Himself (as Edgar Mitchell)
Garry Moore ...
Himself (archive footage)
Harrison Schmitt ...
Dave Scott ...
Himself (as David Scott)
John Young ...


In the 1960s, US President John F Kennedy proposed landing a man on the moon before the decade was finished. This film has interviews with most of the surviving astronauts of the Apollo program who were making ready to make that great voyage with an army of experts determined to make the endeavor possible. Through training, tragedy and triumph, we follow the greatest moments of one of Humanity's great achievements. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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Remember when the whole world looked up

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language, brief violent images and incidental smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 November 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dans l'ombre de la lune  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,281 (USA) (7 September 2007)


$1,134,049 (USA) (21 December 2007)

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Of all the astronauts who appeared in the film, only Buzz Aldrin demanded to be paid. See more »


In the opening shot of the Moon as seen from the Earth (with clouds passing in front of the Moon) the film/video is flipped, i.e., we see a mirror image of the Moon. See more »


[first lines]
Michael Collins: I kind of have two moons in my head, I guess, whereas most people just have one moon. I look at the moon just like everybody else who's never been there, and you know, there it is, and I've always thought it was interesting. Whether it's full or a sliver, or what have you. But every once in a while, I do think of a second moon, you know, the one that I recall from up close. And yeah, it is kind of hard to believe that I was actually up there.
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A wonderful legacy for the Apollo Program
18 April 2007 | by (Philadelphia, USA) – See all my reviews

Bravo to everyone involved in this great film. I just caught it at the 16th Philadelphia Film Festival. Director David Sington answered questions eloquently and patiently as I sat stunned after the film. Having read every Apollo astronaut biography I know to exist I didn't think I'd learn much in the way of facts from the movie, but it turns out there were a couple of things. It is great to see these men who gave so much to my generation talking about the experience decades later. They are wiser and gentler people than when they flew the spacecraft. Sington stated that he wanted to show the events from the point of view of the astronauts. He succeeds, and the experience is moving and meaningful to everyone who looked out from this world in a state of wonder. The Apollo program remains something similar to Leonardo's sketch of a helicopter--an idea ahead of its time technologically, politically and economically, here at the very start of humanity's adventure in the Universe, only a few thousand years after we started using agriculture and so on. When future generations wonder what was going on during the Apollo decade I think this movie is one of the things they'll be looking at.

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