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For All Mankind (1989)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 19 May 1989 (USA)
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An in-depth look at various NASA moon landing missions, starting with Apollo 8.

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Al Reinert
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jim Lovell ... Narrator - Apollo 8, Apollo 13 (voice) (as James A. Lovell Jr.)
Russell Schweickart Russell Schweickart ... Narrator - Apollo 9 (voice) (as Russell L. Schweickart)
Eugene Cernan ... Narrator - Apollo 10, Apollo 17 (voice) (as Eugene A. Cernan)
Michael Collins ... Narrator - Apollo 11 (voice)
Charles Conrad Charles Conrad ... Narrator - Apollo 12 (voice) (as Charles P. Conrad Jr.)
Richard Gordon ... Narrator - Apollo 12 (voice) (as Richard F. Gordon Jr.)
Alan Bean Alan Bean ... Narrator - Apollo 12 (voice) (as Alan L. Bean)
Jack Swigert Jack Swigert ... Narrator - Apollo 13 (voice) (as John L. Swigert Jr.)
Stuart Roosa Stuart Roosa ... Narrator - Apollo 14 (voice) (as Stuart A. Roosa)
James Irwin James Irwin ... Narrator - Apollo 15 (voice) (as James B. Irwin)
Kenneth Mattingly Kenneth Mattingly ... Narrator - Apollo 16 (voice) (as T. Kenneth Mattingly II)
Charles Duke Charles Duke ... Narrator - Apollo 16 (voice) (as Charles M. Duke Jr.)
Harrison Schmitt Harrison Schmitt ... Narrator - Apollo 17 (voice) (as Harrison H. Schmitt)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buzz Aldrin ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Anders ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

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, and picked out the best. Instead of being a newsy, fact-filled documentary, Reinart focuses on the human aspects of the space flights. The only voices heard in the film are the voices of the astronauts and mission control. Reinart uses the astronaunts' own words from interviews and mission footage. The score by Brian Eno underscores the strangeness, wonder, and beauty of the astronauts' experiences which they were privileged to have for a first time "for all mankind." Written by Scott B. Fisher <sbfisher@burgoyne.com>

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From 1968 til 1972, twenty-four human beings went to the moon. Their journey lives as the ultimate adventure story.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Erövringen av rymden See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$770,132
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is a shot of the moon appearing in the window of the capsule. Director Al Reinert says there was no shot available of the moon showing in the window of the command module, so a film crew went down to the Johnson Space Center, pasted a photo of the moon on a hatch cover at the museum, and filmed it to illustrate astronaut Ken Mattingly's description of what he saw in his flight. See more »

Goofs

The opening of the documentary incorrectly states that: "During the four year between December 1968 and November 1972, there were nine manned flights to the moon." The last lunar mission, Apollo 17, took place in December 1972. See more »

Quotes

[Command Module Pilot Mattingly stands on the launch tower, waiting to enter Apollo 16]
T. Kenneth Mattingly II: I just stood around and waited until they strapped in. And here was a kind of a strange quiet. You look out and you can see the large part of the state and ocean and this - this thing out here. You have the feeling that it's alive.
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Crazy Credits

Filmed on location by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. See more »

Connections

References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Someday We'll Look Back
Courtesy of CBS Records
Written and Performed by Merle Haggard
Licensed by Tree Publishing (ASCAP)
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Easily One of the Best Documentaries of the 20th Century
11 September 2002 | by bobbrownSee all my reviews

Without repeating all the good comments that have been mentioned by earlier reviewers, I will add what is unique for me.

1. When Reinert wonderfully builds up the tension for the liftoff, it is more than a crescendo of power when those Saturn 5 rocket motors blast to life! I've had the film on VHS tape for about 10 years, and I still enjoy knocking the socks off of first time viewers when the surround sound system is allowed give its all as it shakes the house. If there were ice chunks on the outside of my house, they would surely shatter and fall just as they did from the rocket body as it slowly left the pad. UNBELIEVABLE! I once read that the Apollo rocket, if it all exploded at one time, would equal 80% of the Hiroshima atomic explosion in WW2. Imagine sitting atop that 31 story tall monster awaiting your fate on the launchpad.

2. Eno's music- just can't say enough superlatives about this soundtrack. Like good art, there is plenty there to continue to pique your interest for years. He is a gift to all mankind for his work on this soundtrack, but that is just the beginning. He's been doing that high level of work for decades!

GREAT FILM!!!


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