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The First Men in the Moon (2010)

In 1969, the Apollo moon landing is to be televised internationally but at a country fair in England a small boy named Jim meets the 90-year-old Julius Bedford who tells him that, in 1909, ... See full summary »


Damon Thomas


Mark Gatiss (screenplay), H.G. Wells (novel)

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Complete credited cast:
Rory Kinnear ... Bedford
Mark Gatiss ... Cavor
Alex Riddell Alex Riddell ... Jim
Peter Forbes Peter Forbes ... Dad
Katherine Jakeways Katherine Jakeways ... Mum
Julia Deakin Julia Deakin ... Mrs. Fitt
Lee Ingleby ... Chessocks
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Ian Hallard ... Phi-Oo (voice)
Reece Shearsmith ... Moon
Steve Pemberton ... Sun
Bunsen Bunsen ... Faraday


In 1969, the Apollo moon landing is to be televised internationally but at a country fair in England a small boy named Jim meets the 90-year-old Julius Bedford who tells him that, in 1909, as a struggling writer, he met eccentric Professor Cavor, inventor of Cavorite, a gravity-defying substance which they used to build a sphere, which took them to the Moon. Captured by ant-like Selenites, Bedford was anxious to make his escape but Cavor was happy to stay and communicate with the Moon-dwellers. Back on Earth, Bedford hears via wireless that Cavor was forced to kill himself and the Moon-dwellers to prevent them from invading Earth. As Jim watches the Apollo landing with his parents, he sees a Selenite, hiding behind a lunar rock, peering at the astronauts. Written by don @ minifie-1

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19 October 2010 (UK) See more »

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At the start of the end credits, there is a title card that says "For Lionel Jeffries 1926 - 2010". Lionel Jeffries played "Joseph Cavor" in First Men in the Moon (1964). See more »


Most of the story is set in 1909 but as Cavor and Bedford walk along the canal towpath they pass a moored modern day steel canal cruiser See more »


Version of First Men in the Moon (1964) See more »

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Fun but flawed, despite Gatiss's best efforts
25 July 2011 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

An unashamedly old-fashioned adaptation of a lesser-known H. G. Wells novel, previously made into a movie (complete with Ray Harryhausen stop-motion aliens) back in 1964. Mark Gatiss should be applauded for bringing something less familiar to the screen, showing that there's still a market for small-screen science fiction and horror (he also made the retro horror anthology, CROOKED HOUSE).

Unfortunately, FIRST MEN IN THE MOON doesn't turn out to be the greatest film ever made. It's commendably old-fashioned, yes, featuring a great performance from none-other than Gatiss as a bizarre Edwardian mad scientist who creates a compound that will take his ship to the moon. Paired up with Gatiss is straight man Rory Kinnear, son of Roy and the spitting image of his father. Given that this production has an extremely low budget, much of the film is made up of dialogue as the pair fight, debate and argue, but of course the inevitable CGI effects eventually come when the twosome make their trip to the moon.

The good stuff: for once, the CGI aliens look pretty good, and on par with Harryhausen's own creations. There's plenty of humour to soften the story, and Gatiss and Kinnear work well together. The bad stuff: the story seems very twee in places and the plotting is stretched out to the extreme, with very little actual incident to fill the running time. It has the feel of a children's show, although bizarrely the BBC like to show this stuff on an obscure channel in the middle of the night. A shame, as the kids gorging themselves on the latest DOCTOR WHO would probably enjoy this – and it's something I myself would have loved if I'd seen it at an early age.

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