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In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)



Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 104 | Rotten: 7

Director David Sington poetically interwove 20th Century's cosmonautic history with its effect on the public's view of their country, their heroes and their future.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 3

Director David Sington poetically interwove 20th Century's cosmonautic history with its effect on the public's view of their country, their heroes and their future.



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Between 1968 and 1972, nine American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon, and 12 men walked upon its surface. They remain the only human beings to have stood on another world. "In the Shadow of the Moon" brings together for the first, and possibly the last, time surviving crew members from every single Apollo mission that flew to the Moon, and allows them to tell their story in their own words. This first-hand testimony is interwoven with visually stunning archival material which has been re-mastered



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David Sington more than makes up for the straightforward nature of his film with the quality of its interviews and plenitude of staggering archive footage.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie fills us with wonder, and pride, and a tugging sense of loss.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source:
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Uniquely, almost impressively dull.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Successfully recaptures the feeling of what made the Apollo missions so special.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The astronaut interviews are fun and occasionally moving...

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The contrast between the near-surreal space footage and the down-to-earth men who were actually in those spacesuits is awe-inspiring.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Lofty recap of the Apollo moon program.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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It never hurts to be reminded of our potential and our insignicance, and who better to do the reminding than clean-cut American boys who've covered up the entire world with their thumbs.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

I wouldn't have missed this chance to revisit one of earth's most significant encounters with deep space for anything.

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

At the heart of the film is the beautifully remastered footage of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing (some previously unseen), interspersed with testimonials from not only two of the men who were there, who describe their innermost thoughts and feelings.

March 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The crowd-pleaser has enough ambition to pitch a one-size-fits-all philosophy based on the Apollo crew's revelation that looking down from space, our problems seem trivial.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Thoroughly engaging documentary that takes a fascinating look at the moon landings using some breathtaking never before seen footage and some remarkably candid interviews with the surviving astronauts.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon


November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper

Respectful, enthusiastic and occasionally rather touching as the men, now in their seventies, recall how it felt up there. Yet the really important question never gets asked: what was it all for?

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent | Comments (2)

The shots of the Moon, even after so many effects-heavy studio films have tried to recreate the look, are uncanny.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Stirring stuff, packed with as many beautiful images as portentous outbursts.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

There is something thrilling and moving in this documentary about the great era of the Nasa moon landings.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

You probably won't find a more comprehensive document of space exploration on film.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A solid, engrossing affair intercut with footage from the time, including live coverage of that famous day in July 1969 when Armstrong and Aldrin first walked on the lunar surface.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

A timely tribute to the 12 men who landed on the moon during the 1960s and 1970s. The remastered, rediscovered documentary footage is incredible, although the absence of Neil Armstrong is disappointing.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

The heart of Sington's film is the dry humour and boundless humility of his interviewees.

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A bunch of old guys talking about the old days - but what old days. An absorbing doc from a filmmaker who knows a good story, and a handful of men who've lived the best story of all.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This wonderful documentary succeeds as a reminder of human endeavour.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It shows how great we were, once upon a time.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

It seems more like a television program one would see on the Discovery Channel than a movie.

October 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for In the Shadow of the Moon

A spiritual journey about the audacity of man, the will power of man, the brilliance of man, the smallness of man. Dozens of anecdotes from the handful of aging men still alive today who landed on that terrestrial body 250,000 miles away. Hundreds of images to give a glimpse of what they experienced and its gravity on our humanity.
July 7, 2011
Matthew Slaven

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An extremely rich look on the glory of space exploration that took place in the 1960's, and the men who took part in the historic achievement of landing on the moon. This deep and fascinating documentary requires no overlooking narration, instead it puts its story in the hands of the men who flew to the moon and back, who recall their experiences and sometimes humorous experiences with genuine fondness. This is a special film, although I feel it's aimed more at the generation that grew up during this period, serving as a nice trip down memory lane. However I still very much enjoyed it and learned a lot from it. The footage captured of the moon is just downright arresting. The last five minutes or so of the film also turn out to be the most touching, as each of these men effectively show their sincere humility concerning their lives and experiences.
February 28, 2010
Dan Schultz

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Functional doc on the moon landings which inevitably suffers by comparison with 'Apollo 13''s heightened emotions.
June 1, 2008
Gordon A

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Michael Collins: Everywhere we went, instead of saying "you did it, you Americans did it," they were saying "we did it, we, the human race, did it," and I thought that was a wonderful thing.

This movie reminded me of when I was younger and really enjoyed all things that had to do with space, astronauts, and NASA. I can remember having different space shuttle toys, seeing Apollo 13 at least three time in theaters, and how excited I was when I first visited the Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. I've also always been a Buzz Aldrin fan.

This is a documentary that goes of NASA's Apollo missions, interviewing the surviving crew members who were a part of the different trips to the moon. While Neal Armstrong is notably absent due to his reclusive nature, these other men are very entertaining to listen to, providing some laughs, some very interesting information, and a great energy showing how positive and dear to their heart it was to be among the very few who have actually visited another world. There is no narration in this film.

The movie also makes great use of archive footage during that time. Seeing actual rockets take off into space and split apart is always cool to see. There is also footage of JFK's speech about the plans to go to the moon, footage of test rockets blowing up, and of course, footage of ships orbiting and landing on the moon.

There is even some interesting footage that was shot in advance of the moon landing. It was a piece read by Nixon in case the astronauts were not able to relaunch off of the moon and were stuck, in which case Nixon assured the people of how great their sacrifice was. An interesting piece of footage.

The end credits also have a number of humorous moments from the crew members explaining how ludicrous they believe the conspiracy theorists are to accuse them of not going to the moon.

This is a very well made documentary, that features the still lively crew members that had made it to another world and back.

Eugene Cernan: We made a total of nine trips to the moon. Why would we fake it nine times?
January 10, 2008

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