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From the Earth to the Moon 

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Dramatized portrayal of the Apollo manned space program.
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1998  
Top Rated TV #94 | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 21 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Tom Hanks ...  Himself - Host / ... 12 episodes, 1998
Nick Searcy ...  Deke Slayton 10 episodes, 1998
Lane Smith ...  Emmett Seaborn 6 episodes, 1998
David Andrews ...  Frank Borman 5 episodes, 1998
Daniel Hugh Kelly ...  Gene Cernan 5 episodes, 1998
Stephen Root ...  Chris Kraft 5 episodes, 1998
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The twelve episodes follow the Apollo space program from a variety of viewpoints: (1) "Can We Do This?" maps the origins of Apollo and its Mercury and Gemini roots; (2) "Apollo 1" tells of the tragic fire and the subsequent finger-pointing; (3) "We Have Cleared the Tower" portrays the intense preparation for Apollo 7; (4) "1968" puts Apollo 8 into its historical context against events of the era; (5) "Spider" shows the engineering POV through the design, building, and testing of the LEMs with Apollos 9 and 10, (6) "Mare Tranquilitatis" shows the deeper considerations behind the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing; (7) "That's All There Is" portrays the camaraderie of the Apollo 12 crew; (8) "We Interrupt This Program" shows a by-now-indifferent media galvanized by the events of Apollo 13; (9) "For Miles and Miles" tells of Alan Shepherd's return to the manned program with Apollo 14 after being grounded between Mercury and Gemini; (10) "Galileo Was Right" show the non-piloting demands on ... Written by Kathy Li

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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From the Earth to the Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

DeLand, Florida, USA See more »

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$68,000,000 (estimated)
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(12 episodes)

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Dolby

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Lane Smith plays a news anchor who is being forced out by an industry preferring younger, shallower and ratings-driven stories. Smith also appeared in Network (1976), based on a similar plot. See more »

Goofs

The song Up Around The Bend by Creedence Clearwater Revival appears in the Apollo 12 episode. Apollo 12 happened in late 1969, but this song was not released until 1970. See more »

Quotes

John Young: What's the point of having top secret code names, fellas, if we ain't gonna use 'em?
Jim Lovell: Oh, hell, what did I say, Jim Lovell? I meant Max Peck.
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Alternate Versions

For the DVD release, the series was cropped slightly at the top and bottom of the frame. This was done to create a presentation that would be enhanced for viewing on widescreen television sets. See more »

Connections

Edited into Race for Space (2010) See more »

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A wonderful reminder
2 August 1999 | by gandalf-25See all my reviews

The best thing about this series is the fact that it will either teach or remind a great many people about the accomplishments of the race to the moon. Sadly I feel that this is one of the most misunderstood and under appreciated events in human history, thought of by many today as some sort of great patriotic publicity stunt by an insecure America. I feel I can almost read Tom Hank's mind and feel his desire to make people understand the difficulty and significance of the achievement. The series does a wonderful job of placing the entire series of events in context with the political and social climate of the day.

We now live in a world where most of us simply take it for granted that we will probably someday travel to, explore and perhaps even colonize other worlds in our solar system and even beyond. This is the only true because hundreds of thousands of people contributed to proving beyond doubt that it can be done. The race to the moon changed us, even if we don't quite realize it, and this series is a reminder of that.


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