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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.

Director:

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

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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.

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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)
Ken Mattingly Ken 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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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$770,132
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

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

John Young: [alone in the Command Module, following CSM-LEM separation during Apollo X] You'll never know how big this thing gets when there ain't nobody in here but one guy.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Asian River
Courtesy of Opal Records (Music For Films III)
Written and Performed by Brian Eno
Licensed by Upala Music/Hamstein (BMI)
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If only I could have afforded a laserdisc player
16 February 2000 | by scowlSee all my reviews

I won't reiterate all of the praise of this film except to say that if I had just few more spare dollars when it was released on laserdisc, I would have bought a laserdisc player just for this title (and 2001). Fortunately years later I've already purchased a DVD player and For All Mankind has finally been released on that format.

To me the defining moment of this film is the lunar lander slowly returning to the command module. At first we only see the cratered surface of the Moon moving below at incredible speed. Then we see a tiny motionless speck above it. Was it a defect in the lens? Of course not. It's the lunar lander slowly returning from the surface. It seems to take much longer than it really does because there are no cuts and no narrator explaining what we already know we're seeing. There's only a dot turning into a space ship. What more could you add to this amazing sight?


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