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8 Days: To the Moon and Back (2019)

TV-PG | | Documentary | TV Movie 17 July 2019
Eight days, three hours, 18 minutes, 35 seconds. That's the total duration of the most important and celebrated space mission ever flown - Apollo 11 - when we first stepped foot on the moon... See full summary »


Anthony Philipson


Philip Ralph
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Credited cast:
Patrick Kennedy ... Michael Collins
Jack Tarlton ... Buzz Aldrin
Rufus Wright ... Neil Armstrong


Eight days, three hours, 18 minutes, 35 seconds. That's the total duration of the most important and celebrated space mission ever flown - Apollo 11 - when we first stepped foot on the moon. Eight days that created some of the most iconic images in human history and changed the way we think about our place in the universe forever. But what was it really like for those three men in that high-tech tin can through each of those extraordinary eight days? 8 Days, a feature-length drama documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, will bring the real story of the mission as it happened. With access to hours of declassified cockpit audio recorded by the astronauts themselves, 8 Days will use cutting-edge digital effects and dramatised performances to create a stunning 21st century visual journey to bring the original audio to life. Until now we've only glimpsed inside Apollo 11 with a handful of iconic stills and a few precious minutes of movie footage. But what if we could step ...

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At about 1 hour in the documentary Armstrong and Aldrin are taking photographs on the moon. The typical sound of a camera's shutter and film transport is heard. This is impossible in a vacuum. See more »


Featured in Jeremy Vine: Episode #2.139 (2019) See more »

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Reasonably Well Done
28 July 2019 | by neverenoughgoldSee all my reviews

It's well done, but not entirely a documentary in my view. The addition of the three actors portraying the astronauts during the presentation is, well, not what I was expecting. They did a very good job of synching voices, which is far better than adding the director's own "concept" of what was said during the event. In other words, what we are hearing during the program is actual voice footage in spite of what we are seeing is not necessarily what it actually looked like in the cockpit of the command module and other devices.

What was interesting of note was the switch between 4:3 aspect ration and today's more common 16:9, with this being used anytime we were watching the astronauts in the capsule or various actions taken with said devices. Maybe this was done so the viewer can better note the real from the fake?

Anyway, this event was an important step in the US space race, and something those of us born and bred in the United States should be proud of and hopefully never forget.

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Release Date:

17 July 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apollo 11 - Resan till månen (2019) (TV) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK


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GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
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