A 13-hour mini-series detailing James A. Michner's fictional account of the American space program from the years after World War II to the Apollo landings on the moon in the early 1970's.
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1985  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Sen. Norman Grant 5 episodes, 1985
...  Elinor Grant 5 episodes, 1985
...  Penny Hardesty Pope 5 episodes, 1985
...  Stanley Mott 5 episodes, 1985
...  Leopold Strabismus / ... 5 episodes, 1985
...  John Pope 5 episodes, 1985
...  Leisel Kolff 5 episodes, 1985
...  Dieter Kolff 5 episodes, 1985
...  Tim Finnerty 5 episodes, 1985
...  Narrator 5 episodes, 1985
...  Rachel Mott 4 episodes, 1985
...  Sen. Glancey 4 episodes, 1985
...  Gawain Butler 4 episodes, 1985
...  Larry Penzoss / ... 4 episodes, 1985
Richard Delmonte ...  Ramirez 4 episodes, 1985
...  Randy Claggett 3 episodes, 1985
...  Debbie Dee Claggett 3 episodes, 1985
...  Tucker Thomas 3 episodes, 1985
...  Skip Morgan 3 episodes, 1985
...  Cindy Rhee 3 episodes, 1985
...  Marcia Grant 3 episodes, 1985
...  Dracula 3 episodes, 1985
Peter Nelson ...  Millard Mott 3 episodes, 1985
Donald Craig ...  Newsman 3 episodes, 1985
...  Paul Stidham 2 episodes, 1985
...  Funkhauser 2 episodes, 1985
...  Victor Hardesty 2 episodes, 1985
Scotch Byerley ...  Harry Jensen 2 episodes, 1985
James Edgcomb ...  Ed Cater 2 episodes, 1985
Lawrence Lott ...  Timothy Bell 2 episodes, 1985
...  Charles Lee 2 episodes, 1985
...  Mrs. McKellar 2 episodes, 1985
Gerald Hiken ...  Prof. Anderson 2 episodes, 1985
...  Raf Perry 2 episodes, 1985
...  Frankie 2 episodes, 1985
Murphy Dunne ...  Lt. Wiles 2 episodes, 1985
...  Tom Savage 2 episodes, 1985
...  Cluny Bell 2 episodes, 1985
Christine Dickinson ...  Gloria Cater 2 episodes, 1985
...  Ed Specktor 2 episodes, 1985
Ivan Bonar ...  Harry Crampton / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Jeanne Lange ...  Inger Jensen 2 episodes, 1985
Annie O'Neill ...  Sandra Lee 2 episodes, 1985
Richard Pierson ...  Roger 2 episodes, 1985
Robert Weaver ...  Sam Cottage 2 episodes, 1985
Julie Phillips ...  Ronnie 2 episodes, 1985
...  Commander Blount / ... 2 episodes, 1985
...  Pomfret 2 episodes, 1985
Stephen Jenn ...  Hans Brenner 2 episodes, 1985
...  Mia Portnoy 2 episodes, 1985
...  Brother 2 episodes, 1985
Sue Strain ...  Sally Quint 2 episodes, 1985
Bill Morey ...  Dean Robert Hawkins / ... 2 episodes, 1985
...  Gen Quigley / ... 2 episodes, 1985
...  Jennings 2 episodes, 1985
Sheila Ruskin ...  Lt. Constance Hall-Tipping 2 episodes, 1985
...  FBI Agent / ... 2 episodes, 1985
...  Himmler 2 episodes, 1985
Nancy Abramson ...  School Secretary 2 episodes, 1985
Eleanor Zee ...  Mrs. Griffin 2 episodes, 1985
...  CapCom 2 episodes, 1985
...  Jean-Marie 2 episodes, 1985
Lizabeth Pritchett ...  Esther Glancey 2 episodes, 1985
Woody Eney ...  TV Science Consultant 2 episodes, 1985
Marya Morgan ...  Anchorwoman 2 episodes, 1985
Michael Finnegan ...  Pilot 2 episodes, 1985
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A 13-hour mini-series detailing James A. Michner's fictional account of the American space program from the years after World War II to the Apollo landings on the moon in the early 1970's.

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14 April 1985 (USA)  »

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James A. Michener's Space  »

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Norman Grant (James Garner) was a Republican senator in the book upon which this was based, but the character's political affiliation, along with other factors, were changed to suit Garner's personal (Democratic) politics. See more »

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During the launch of Apollo 18, several reaction shots in Mission Control show Stanley Mott and Deiter Kolpf in the MCC room, yet at the same time, through several scenes intertwined with the launch, both men are shown as being on a TV stage narrating the launch and explaining things as they happen. See more »

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Very close to history, with a good tangential ending.
22 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

My thoughts are essentially in agreement with the previous commentators. If you've read the book you'll know what to expect: an "epic" in the true sense of the word. The Mercury, Gemini and early Apollo astronauts are depicted pretty well as history shows them; in fact it seems difficult to separate the fictional from the might-be-real-but-not-well-known.

The version I saw in Australia has a final section covering the destruction of the "Challenger". This is done is a somewhat different style to the rest of the movie (a bit too "soft focus" and "tearjerker" for my liking), and is not in the book, either.

In style and approach, I would rate this as a little closer to "Right Stuff" than to "Apollo 13".


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