8.1/10
5,773
45 user 106 critic

In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

The crew members of NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

Director:

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
6 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Narrated by award-winning actor Gary Sinise, WHEN WE LEFT EARTH is the incredible story of humankind's greatest adventure, as it happened, told by the people who were there. From the early ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Kranz, Gary Sinise, Jim Lovell
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

This movie documents the Apollo missions perhaps the most definitively of any movie under two hours. Al Reinert watched all the footage shot during the missions--over 6,000,000 feet of it, ... See full summary »

Director: Al Reinert
Stars: Jim Lovell, Kenneth Mattingly, Russell Schweickart
Moon Machines (TV Series 2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

A collection of documentaries about project apollo,from the designers and engineers viewpoint.Each episode focused on individual components or equipment for the Apollo programme.

Stars: Robert Seamans, Bill Stoney, Sonny Morea
Space Race (TV Series 2005)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The BBC's Space Race is a documentary/drama chronicling the major events and characters in the American/Soviet space race, leading up to the first moon landing. The series concentrates on ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Dillane, Steve Nicolson, Ravil Isyanov
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage)
Stephen Armstrong ...
Himself (archive footage)
Viola Armstrong ...
Herself (archive footage)
Alan Bean ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
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 ...
Himself
Dave Scott ...
Himself (as David Scott)
John Young ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dans l'ombre de la lune  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

Gene Cernan talks about the Apollo 1 crew (Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee) being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Only Grissom and Chaffee are buried there. White is buried at West Point. See more »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Connections

Features I've Got a Secret (1952) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Out of this world
29 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From 1969 to 1972, America put 12 men on the moon in nine missions. Eight of the surviving crew members (notably absent is the reclusive Neil Armstrong) talk about their adventures in the documentary In the Shadow of the Moon with less of the engineering and more of the philosophy, a bit different from the dramatic renditions of The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, and HBO'S From Earth to the Moon.

The excellence of this version is the articulate, close up, talking heads of the astronauts, who are more handsome in their late 70's than they were in their late 20's, a testimony to space athletes who keep themselves fit forever. Besides their reflective narrations (for instance, Mike Collins is full of insights and glamorous details, Jim Lovell could do color commentary for any network), the photography, some of it never seen from NASA archives, is memorable. The earth as blue bubble is beautiful.

The documentary strays somewhat from the reality base by peppering the denouement with sappy, semi-religious contemplations from the narrators about "God's work" and the "fragility" motif. But all in all, this Ron Howard production is a first-rate retrospective about an era for which Americans should be proud—the contrast between the visionary Kennedy and the current blind Bush is painful. Maybe we should send him to the moon?


44 of 57 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page