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In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

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The crew members of NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Buzz Aldrin ... Himself
Neil Armstrong ... Himself (archive footage)
Stephen Armstrong Stephen Armstrong ... Himself (archive footage)
Viola Armstrong Viola Armstrong ... Herself (archive footage)
Alan Bean Alan Bean ... Himself
Eugene Cernan ... Himself
Michael Collins ... Himself
Charles Duke ... Himself (as Charlie Duke)
John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Lovell ... Himself (as James Lovell)
Edgar D. Mitchell ... Himself (as Edgar Mitchell)
Garry Moore Garry Moore ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Nixon ... Himself / US President (archive footage) (as Richard M. Nixon)
Harrison Schmitt ... Himself
Dave Scott ... Himself (as David Scott)
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Storyline

In the 1960s, US President John F Kennedy proposed landing a man on the moon before the decade was finished. This film has interviews with most of the surviving astronauts of the Apollo program who were making ready to make that great voyage with an army of experts determined to make the endeavor possible. Through training, tragedy and triumph, we follow the greatest moments of one of Humanity's great achievements. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Remember when the whole world looked up


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Rated PG for mild language, brief violent images and incidental smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 November 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dans l'ombre de la lune See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,281, 9 September 2007

Gross USA:

$1,134,358

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,161,369
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Of all the astronauts who appeared in the film, only Buzz Aldrin demanded to be paid. See more »

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The footage of the lunar module ascent stage returning to the command module is left-right reversed. See more »

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Michael Collins: I kind of have two moons in my head, I guess, whereas most people just have one moon. I look at the moon just like everybody else who's never been there, and you know, there it is, and I've always thought it was interesting. Whether it's full or a sliver, or what have you. But every once in a while, I do think of a second moon, you know, the one that I recall from up close. And yeah, it is kind of hard to believe that I was actually up there.
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Out of this world
29 August 2007 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

From 1969 to 1972, America put 12 men on the moon in nine missions. Eight of the surviving crew members (notably absent is the reclusive Neil Armstrong) talk about their adventures in the documentary In the Shadow of the Moon with less of the engineering and more of the philosophy, a bit different from the dramatic renditions of The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, and HBO'S From Earth to the Moon.

The excellence of this version is the articulate, close up, talking heads of the astronauts, who are more handsome in their late 70's than they were in their late 20's, a testimony to space athletes who keep themselves fit forever. Besides their reflective narrations (for instance, Mike Collins is full of insights and glamorous details, Jim Lovell could do color commentary for any network), the photography, some of it never seen from NASA archives, is memorable. The earth as blue bubble is beautiful.

The documentary strays somewhat from the reality base by peppering the denouement with sappy, semi-religious contemplations from the narrators about "God's work" and the "fragility" motif. But all in all, this Ron Howard production is a first-rate retrospective about an era for which Americans should be proud—the contrast between the visionary Kennedy and the current blind Bush is painful. Maybe we should send him to the moon?


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