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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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Top Rated TV #148 | 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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English

Release Date:

5 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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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

One scene, where geologist Lee Silver tutors the Apollo 15 crews, was filmed in the same rock quarry where R2-D2 encounters the Jawas in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). See more »

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The crew is reflected in the astronauts' helmets. See more »

Quotes

President John F. Kennedy: We choose to go to the Moon. We choose to go to the Moon. 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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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 »

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Perfect in every way...the comprehensive study of the American Space Program
28 February 2000 | by mdeasySee all my reviews

From the earth to the Moon tells the whole story of America's space program. If a person combined the first couple episodes of Earth to the Moon with Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff, you would have a brilliant beginning. Next replace the Apollo 13 episode of ETTM with the Hank's movie Apollo 13 and then let the rest speak for itself. That would be the perfect mix.

Several of the episodes of ETTM I have watched over and over again. A particular favorite is Spider, which tells the story of the creation of the LEM vehicle by the Grumman Corporation. Matt Craven who was brilliant played the head of that project. This was a magnificent piece of film, showing every aspect of the engineering process, but having made it accessible and even loveable. The team effort and building as a team comes out clearly.

Also the episode called `Is that all there is', about the moon flight of little known astronaut Al Bean was also fantastic. The interplay between Dave Foley (Al Bean), and Paul McCrane (Pete Conrad) is just great on screen magic. There is chemistry between these two teammates that goes beyond normal.

Finally the geology and rock-collecting episode is brilliant. This episode truly captured the final flights of the Apollo program and the direction that the space program might have taken had the funding continued. There is a real magic here with Brett Cullen (Dave Scott) and Tom Amandes (Jack Schmitt) and their taking the lead in truly training the astronauts to also be scientists.

Tom Hanks made the world a masterpiece…it should be required watching in every US History class in America. This is brilliant work from the first episode to the last.


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