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20 July 2009 (USA) See more »
The story leading up to the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon landing launch. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)

Daniel Lapaine ... Neil Armstrong

James Marsters ... Buzz Aldrin

Andrew Lincoln ... Michael Collins

Nigel Whitmey ... Deke Slayton

William Hope ... Psychologist

Anna Maxwell Martin ... Janet Armstrong

Trevor White ... Alan Shepard

Kosha Engler ... Pat Collins
Richard Gibbons ... Technician #1
Gene Emmer ... Technician #2

Michael J. Reynolds ... Gene Aldrin
Egle Dudenas ... Marion Aldrin
Kelli Kerslake ... Joan Aldrin
Callum Marullo ... Rick Armstrong
Ana Goldberg ... Female Neighbour
Gabija Jaraminaite ... Pat White (as Gabija Ryskuviene)

Ian Porter ... Bill Anders

Jennifer Woodward ... Faye Stafford

Martin McDougall ... Frank Borman
Heidi Gibbons ... Susan Borman

Richard Dillane ... Tom Stafford
Elze Gudaviciute ... Valerie Anders (as Else Gudaviciute)
Ursula Burton ... Marilyn Lovell

Nathan Nolan ... Reporter #1
Thomas Wilbur ... Reporter
Rosalynd Litchfield ... Reporter
Aras Zirgulis ... Reporter

Colin Stinton ... Chris Kraft
Patrick Poletti ... Bob Gilruth
Eben Young ... Mission Control Reader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Buzz Aldrin ... Himself (uncredited)

Neil Armstrong ... Himself (voice) (archive sound) (uncredited)
Michael Collins ... Himself (voice) (archive sound) (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Dale 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tony Basgallop 

Produced by
Audrey Cooke .... development producer
Richard Dale .... executive producer
Tim Goodchild .... producer
Daniel Hall .... development producer
Juliette Howell .... executive producer
Dan Parry .... assistant producer
Emma Pike .... line producer
Michael Robins .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Blair-Oliphant 
Cinematography by
Paul Francis Jenkins  (as Paul Jenkins)
Film Editing by
Peter Parnham 
Casting by
Julie Harkin 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Tim Goodchild 
Makeup Department
Egle Mikalauskaite .... makeup designer
Production Management
Richard Lloyd .... post-production supervisor
Vladas Lyndo .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tatjana Jakovleva .... first assistant director
Julija Mickenaite .... third assistant director
Art Department
Renuaras Krivelis .... construction manager
Anastasija Zilionyte .... art department runner
Sound Department
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist
Nick Baldock .... adr recordist
Peter Baldock .... supervising sound editor
Ben Carr .... foley recordist
Ben Carr .... sound mixing assistant
Michael Feinberg .... dialogue editor
Adele Fletcher .... foley editor
Simon Gershon .... effects editor
Thom Paisley .... sound re-recording mixer (as Thomas Paisley)
Shaula Walker .... sound editor (as Shaula Lumley)
Tim White .... production sound mixer
Tom Williams .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Julius Baratinskis .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Joseph Dymond .... digital compositor: Rushes Postproduction
Sukh Gill .... visual effects coordinator: Rushes Postproduction
Louise Hussey .... visual effects producer: Rushes Postproduction
Hayden Jones .... visual effects supervisor: Rushes Postproduction
Anthony Laranjo .... digital compositor: Rushes Postproduction
Matthew Lawrence .... digital compositor: Rushes Postproduction
Alex Llewellyn .... digital compositor: Rushes Postproduction
Jonathan Privett .... visual effects supervisor: Rushes Postproduction
Mike Tucker .... model workshop supervisor
Mark Williams Ardington .... previsualization artist (as Mark Williams)
Alan Williamson .... visual effects artist: Rushes Postproduction
Camera and Electrical Department
Algis Babravicius .... still photographer
Linas Dikcius .... additional focus puller
Zdislav Jagelo .... electrician
David McDowall .... focus puller
Audrius Zelenius .... assistant camera
Julius Siciunas .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Casting Department
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Kevin Riddle .... casting assistant
Dalia Survilaite .... casting
Editorial Department
Trevor Brown .... colorist
Music Department
Andrew Fisher .... conductor
Andrew Fisher .... orchestrator
Richard Todman .... music editor
Transportation Department
Michail Purenok .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Kevin Badgery .... production accountant supervisor: Lithuania
Joanne Crowther .... production coordinator
Charlotte Farrar .... production accountant
Jovita Groblyte .... script supervisor
Vladas Lyndo .... location manager
Monika Sakalauskaite .... set production assistant
Gabija Soltonaite .... assistant production coordinator

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90 min
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Did You Know?

When this movie was first aired on the History Channel (US), the moment when the character of Neil Armstrong puts his foot on the moon was timed to within a minute of the 40th anniversary of Armstrong actually stepping on the moon.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In new footage, shot for the movie in studio to represent the astronauts' activity on the moon, stars are visible in the black sky. While stars were visible in the sky to the astronauts during the real moon landing, they are not visible in any film the astronauts shot because the cameras' aperture had to be closed down to eliminate glare from the lunar surface. The stars were then too faint to register on the film.See more »


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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Apollo 11 Retold, 21 July 2009
Author: Matthew Kresal from United States

With the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing upon us it is no surprise that there would be a dramatization of that historic flight to accompany the anniversary. That film would be Moonshot, which is at least the third dramatization of the Apollo 11 Moon landing (the first two being the 1996 TV movie Apol1o 11 and the episode from the 1998 miniseries From The Earth To The Moon entitled "Mare Tranquilitatis"). While it covers much of the same ground Moonshot proves to be just as interesting and watchable as either of those efforts even with some drawbacks.

The acting of the film is fine stuff. The three astronauts were especially well cast with Daniel Lapaine as Neil Armstrong, James Marsters as Buzz Aldrin and Andrew Lincoln as Michael Collins. Lapaine in particular excels in the role of Armstrong and wonderfully captures the man who would go down in the history books as the first man on the Moon. They are supported by a fairly good supporting cast especially from the actresses playing their wives. Moonshot has some rather nice performances that are convincing without being potentially cliché or overly serious.

The film is also blessed with a nice script by writer Tony Basgallop. Despite dealing with a familiar story, Basgallop manages to bring in some new details into the story which shed a new light on events (such as the UFO sighting by the crew on the way to the Moon). Basgallop's script takes the viewer through the back story without taking too long or being underwhelming in building up the journey's of these three men before the flight itself. Basgallop also handles dialog well for the most part thought here are a few moments where the film delves a little too heavily into clichés such as argument between Armstrong and Aldrin after a simulator test goes wrong (a better handled version can be seen in From The Earth To The Moon's "Mare Tranquilitatis"). The script, despite some occasional dialog issues, is a nice one and serves as a nice basis for the film.

Where the film has the biggest drawbacks is in its production values. Depsite some well designed spacecraft interiors which could rival those used in Ron Howard's feature film Apollo 13 let alone the aforementioned previous film tellings of Apollo 11, the earthbound sets reflect the film's rather low budget. The sets of the NASA offices are bare and look as those that are thrown together rather quickly with little thoughts for personal touches that should be there such as pictures on the walls for example. In particular there is a set for one of the press conferences that is simply the astronauts sitting in front of a bare wall with an American flag hung behind them. The result is a dull looking set to be honest. There's also the astronauts suits which lack patches and sorted items that should be on the suits which hint at getting things right in broad strokes but not inn finer details. The film's single biggest drawback is an over reliance on archival materials. Once the Saturn V launches, everything not taking place relating to the astronauts is archival footage. all the mission control sequences are told from archival footage so there's not real characters from mission control as a consequence. Even during the landing and moonwalk the reliance on archival material continues to the point where the actors even end up lip-syncing to some of the original audio material. All that seems a shame especially in light of the film's rather nicely CGI work. Sadly these faults can be rather distracting at times from the fine acting and nice script which is a shame.

Despite the drawbacks of a low budget and an over reliance on archival material, Moonshot still makes for some interesting viewing. With some fine performances especially from the actors playing the three astronauts and a nice script by Tony Basgallop, the familiar story of Apollo 11 gets a nice retelling here. While it may be lacking in style in terms of production values (espeically in comparison with "Mare Tranquilitatis") it certainly isn't lacking in substance and that's what counts.

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