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

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

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2 November 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dans l'ombre de la lune  »

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$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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Extremely entertaining with incredible footage
4 September 2007 | by (Omena, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I saw this at the Traverse City Film Festival and it was quite the thrill.

Another great documentary about the Apollo program and the astronauts that went to the moon. Some very interesting and inspiring interviews including incredible actual footage of the Apollo 11 mission as it traveled from the Earth to the Moon.

The film contains interviews from many of the astronauts, Mike Collins (the astronaut from Apollo 11 that didn't walk on the moon) was probably the highlight, he was so funny and entertaining. I was a little disappointed that Neil Armstrong wasn't interviewed, but oh well, it was still very good.

Captivating, fun, and an excellent score, I'm sure people will enjoy this well made film.

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