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Apollo 11 (2019)

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A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Buzz Aldrin ... Himself (archive footage)
Joan Ann Archer Joan Ann Archer ... Herself (archive footage)
Janet Armstrong ... Herself (archive footage)
Neil Armstrong ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage)
Clifford E. Charlesworth Clifford E. Charlesworth ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Collins ... Himself (archive footage)
Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Duke ... Himself (archive footage)
Lyndon B. Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lyndon Johnson)
John F. Kennedy ... (archive footage)
Gene Kranz Gene Kranz ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Lovell ... Himself (archive footage)
Glynn Lunney ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

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Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Museum | NASA | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 2019 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Apollo 11 See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,607,040, 3 March 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,957,832, 18 July 2019
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

The Universal Studios ident/logo at the start of the film is the version used in 1969. See more »

Goofs

When the returning Apollo 11 blasts away from moon orbit, there is a dual visual display showing elapsed rocket burn time and spacecraft speed. The speed rapidly increases to just over 5500 mph during the rocket burn, and then the rocket cuts off. But the speed continues to increase for a few more moments. In reality, the speed would have stopped increasing the instant the rocket cut off. This is not an error as the residual bleed of the engine slowly being shut off will result in a slight continuation of acceleration. See more »

Quotes

Walter Cronkite: Their flight climaxed centuries of dreaming and months and years of planning and training.
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Alternate Versions

In 2019, an edited version of the film, cut down to 45 minutes for exhibition in museum IMAX theaters, was released as Apollo 11: First Steps. See more »

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Perfect Cinéma Vérité
24 March 2019 | by BramOhSee all my reviews

The film starts the morning of launch day July 16, 1969. There are no actors, no reenactments, no narrator. It is 100% restored archival footage and recorded audio, most of which I had never seen before. Opening footage of the crowds gathering around Kennedy Space Center gave you the sense it was apparent to everyone the magnitude of what was about to happen.

They had audio and video of (an issue I won't spoil, something during launch prep I had never heard of before). Obviously there is no external footage of the spacecraft from the time it leaves earth orbit until it arrived at the moon but the editing and coverage used are excellent and you never feel like you're in the dark or missing out.

There is no attempt made at politicizing the event or manipulating the viewer, it is raw, factual cinéma vérité. Although I did find Kennedy's speech moving, they made the excellent choice to NOT show the famous portion we've all heard about landing a man on the moon and returning him safely by the end of the decade. It was the rest of that speech, which I'm not sure I'd ever heard, that was astute, prophetic and even funny at one point.

My one very minor caution is that viewers who aren't already aware how critical/dangerous some maneuvers were could miss out on the gravity of the situation. The filmmakers do assist with this with the score, which is absolutely fantastic (and according to the credits, composed entirely with instruments available in July '69), and some minor on-screen graphics (e.g. FUEL 30 seconds, 1202 alarm). It's a trivial concern but viewers who are familiar with the space program in general, and this mission in particular, will get the most out of the experience.

The film wraps up after our astronauts are safely home and cleared from quarantine. During the credits there are a few more interesting shots of some of the celebrations.


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