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For All Mankind (1989)

For All Mankind (1989)

For All Mankind




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Sorting through nearly one hundred hours of film and sound recordings recovered from NASA, director Al Rienart has pieced together a seamless documentary commemorating man's landing on the moon. The film is a montage of images with voice-over interviews and comments from the participating astronauts of the moon landing. Brian Eno, famous for his ethereal music, provides the score. For All Mankind was nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar in 1989.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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On DVD: Feb 15, 2000
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Critic Reviews for For All Mankind

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 1989
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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It could be argued that the Apollo missions were essentially a big, expensive photo opportunity for the propaganda machine of the Cold War, but Reinert's film serves to remind us that they also redefined who, where and why we are.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
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Audience Reviews for For All Mankind


The Apollo missions were one of the most important events of the 20th Century. This is not your typical documentary, and it is a necessary one to watch if you're interested in the Apollo missions. This is a near flawless attempt at telling the complete story of the Moon Landings. I say that this is a different documentary because instead of featuring interviews, it is narrated by the astronauts who participated in the missions. The film is terrific and engaging, but it does leave a lot to be desired, mainly due in part to its short run time. For a subject such as this one, a more in depth documentary should have been made. In other words, a two hour film would have been enough. For All Mankind is nonetheless a worthwhile film to watch and it's quite spectacular in terms of footage and narrated accounts of the astronauts who were there. This is an important documentary and you get to witness a part of history as we revisit this historical mission. Although not perfect, For All Mankind is a near perfect attempt at crafting a documentary on these missions that changed the face of humanity forever. Beautifully shot and narrated, this is an insightful documentary that is only limited by a short run time. I really loved the film, and it is a worthwhile viewing for viewers interested in the missions to the moon. This is nonetheless one of the best documentaries that I have seen and it is a fine document recounting this mission, and it is a delight from start to finish. With beautiful imagery, For All Mankind is a fine and near perfect film that should delight viewers of all ages.

Alex roy

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A important historical document. Some of the most amazing images ever shot.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

For All Mankind is a breath-taking documentary that combines footage from Apollo missions 8 through 17 and along with narration by the astronauts themselves, takes us on a journey to the moon and back again. Simultaneously beautiful, mind-blowing and terrifying, it thoroughly documents the sheer amazement of man's greatest accomplishment. The Space Program as a billion dollar art project, and well worth every penny. We are placed in the space suit, we are seeing the earth from Neil Armstrong's eyes. I don't think there's ever been a documentary quite like this one. The Brian Eno soundtrack seems a perfect marriage to the footage. The whole project in fact, creates a mood and accomplishes exactly what it set out to do. A film that makes me proud to be an earthling.

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Devon Bott

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