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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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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 ... 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)
Ken Mattingly Ken Mattingly ... Narrator - Apollo 16 (voice) (as T. Kenneth Mattingly II)
Charles Duke ... Narrator - Apollo 16 (voice) (as Charles M. Duke Jr.)
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 »

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Gross USA:

$770,132
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The staging footage was captured because NASA wanted to document the flight process of an unmanned Saturn flight for feedback in case there was a failure for engineers to look at footage to see what went wrong. Cameras were mounted in strategic locations, kicking on at critical moments to document the staging process for less than half a minute. After completion, the light-tight canisters containing the exposed film were jettisoned, dropping to earth with homing beacons and parachutes inside protective heat shields. Air Force C-130 transport planes, towing gigantic nets, recovered the canisters in the southern Atlantic Ocean. See more »

Goofs

(at around 36 mins) During the Apollo 13 coverage, Houston is heard telling the astronauts to "try SCE to auxiliary." This is actually from the launch of Apollo 12 after it was struck by lightning. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: I had a bet with somebody who didn't, uh, really felt that Neil spent a great deal of time before he went figuring out his famous words, and they were not extemporaneous, on-the-spot, historical words. He actually felt that these words might have even been written for Neil by somebody else. And I said well, I'll betcha five hundred bucks that when I get to the bottom of the ladder - and nobody ever remembers what the second person to do something does anyhow - I'm gonna say "It might have been ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

This film is indebted to the staff of the Johnson Space Center. See more »


Soundtracks

Theme for 'Opera'
Courtesy of Opal Records (Music For Films III)
Written and Performed by Roger Eno and Brian Eno
Licensed by Upala Music/Hamstein (BMI)
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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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