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For All Mankind (1989)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 1 November 1989 (USA)
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An in-depth look at various NASA moon landing missions, starting with Apollo 8.

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Credited cast:
... Narrator - Apollo 8, Apollo 13 (voice) (as James A. Lovell Jr.)
Russell Schweickart ... Narrator - Apollo 9 (voice) (as Russell L. Schweickart)
... Narrator - Apollo 10, Apollo 17 (voice) (as Eugene A. Cernan)
... Narrator - Apollo 11 (voice)
Charles Conrad ... Narrator - Apollo 12 (voice) (as Charles P. Conrad Jr.)
... Narrator - Apollo 12 (voice) (as Richard F. Gordon Jr.)
Alan Bean ... Narrator - Apollo 12 (voice) (as Alan L. Bean)
Jack Swigert ... Narrator - Apollo 13 (voice) (as John L. Swigert Jr.)
Stuart Roosa ... Narrator - Apollo 14 (voice) (as Stuart A. Roosa)
James Irwin ... Narrator - Apollo 15 (voice) (as James B. Irwin)
Kenneth 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)
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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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1 November 1989 (USA)  »

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$770,132
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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 »

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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 »

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John F.Kennedy: We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained and new rights to be won and they must be won and used for the progress of all mankind.
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This film is indebted to the staff of the Johnson Space Center. See more »

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Referenced in The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) See more »

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Silver Morning
Courtesy of EG Records (Apollo)
Written and Performed by Daniel Lanois
Licensed by EG Music, Inc. (BMI)
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sadly diminished on smaller screens
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In a project almost more ambitious than the Apollo program itself, Al Reinert distills six million feet of NASA film footage and over 80 hours of taped interviews into a glorious 90- minute flashback to the ultimate achievement of our time: the manned exploration of another world. The film condenses all ten Apollo moon shots into a single flight, using only the genuine sights, sounds, and impressions experienced by the astronauts themselves along the way, from the tension and exhilaration of lift off to the joy (and inconvenience) of zero gravity, and from the loneliness of deep space to the wonder of stepping foot on an alien world. Seeing the footage for the first time on a big screen can be a revelation; it's a thrilling, vicarious journey across a new threshold in human evolution, providing both an argument for the continued human exploration of the cosmos and a timely reminder of how precious life on our own planet is.


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