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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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... Himself (archive footage)
... 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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1 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Erövringen av rymden  »

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$770,132
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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 »

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(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 »

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


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Sleepwalking
Performed by Lee DeCarlo and Peter Manning Robinson
Written by Santo Farina (as Farina), Johnny Farina (as Farina), Ann Farina (uncredited)
Licensed by Trinity-Clima Music (BMI)
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If only I could have afforded a laserdisc player
16 February 2000 | by See 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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