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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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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)
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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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19 May 1989 (USA)  »

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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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For scenes of spacewalks in earth orbit, scenes from Apollo 9 are mixed with scenes from Gemini program spacewalks. See more »

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John F.Kennedy: We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard.
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This film is dedicated to the men and women who have given their lives in the exploration of Space. Apollo 1 January 27, 1967 Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom Edward H. White II Roger B. Chaffee Soyuz 1 April 24, 1967 Vladimir Komarov Soyuz 11 June 30, 1971 Vladislav Volkov Georgi Dobrovolski Viktor Patsayev Challenger January 28, 1986 Michael J. Smith Dick Scobee Ronald McNair Ellison Onizuka Christa McAuliffe Gregory Jarvis Judith Resnik 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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Great to watch again and again!
1 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

The only thing I would criticize is that the movie is not longer! The music (I think Brian Eno composed it) fits well, quite ambient, never overpowering and helps take the viewer along with the astronauts. What a wonderful beginning, with President Kennedy's speech that the U.S. wants to reach the Moon.... And the words that follow are told only by the astronauts, not by some earth-based narrator that would over-dramatize without knowing what the experience of space travel involves. I've searched for this movie since I rented it on laserdisc years ago, and now I find it's being released in DVD! If you can buy it, it's worth purchasing.


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