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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
Philip Jackson ... Grand Lunar (voice)
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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Can Do Productions See more »
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1.78 : 1
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As they approached the moon, an alarm number 1202 occurred and Cavor said "I'd ignore it". This is a reference to the "1202 Alarm" that the Apollo 11 LEM encountered when it approached the lunar surface in 1969. The astronauts on Apollo 11 similarly ignored the alarm as it was related to a radar system overload, and ground control believed they would have sufficient processing capacity to land anyway. See more »


The substance is supposed to stop gravity working on an object but in the film it repels the object against gravity. See more »


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

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I was hesitant at first but I am glad that I watched it
3 October 2017 | by phoenixinvictusSee all my reviews

If you're expecting an action-packed movie of aliens vs. humans like the Alien franchise or the Predator franchise then forget about watching this. This is a family-friendly movie to watch with the family during a lazy afternoon. It was relatively loyal to the novel written by H. G. Wells. It discusses the dangers of imperialism and greed of the era and the pursuit of knowledge at any cost.

You have to give credit to Mark Gatiss who despite being in an obviously low-budget movie is able to entertain the viewer. I'm not too familiar with Rory Kinnear's work except that he played a great villain in iBoy and I like his work on the Bond franchise, but he played a great role in this movie too.

I have seen Sci-fi movies that have made me nauseous to watch them. However, this movie I believe paid a genuine homage to the 1950-60's science fiction movies. The one thing that I didn't like was the alien's appearance, which was a bit weak and could have used a bit more work.

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