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Destination Moon (1950)

Destination Moon (1950)

Destination Moon




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A surprisingly prophetic depiction of space travel that won an Oscar for Best Special Effects, Destination Moon traces the flight of four astronauts (Warner Anderson, John Archer, Tom Powers and Dick Wesson) to the moon. When they get there, they realize that the ship is too heavy to lift off the surface.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Alford Van Ronkel, Rip Van Ronkel, James O'Hanlon, Robert A. Heinlein
On DVD: Jan 30, 2001


Warner Anderson
as Dr. Charles Cargrave...
John Archer
as Jim Barnes
Tom Powers
as General Thayer
Dick Wesson
as Joe Sweeney
Erin O'Brien-Moore
as Emily Cargraves
Ted Warde
as Brown
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Critic Reviews for Destination Moon

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Jules Verne by way of Robert A. Heinlein, the staid harbinger of the Space Race

Full Review… | October 3, 2014

Heinlein's original novel had Nazis on the moon!

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Taken as sort of a pre-pre-pre-historic Apollo 13, I suspect the die-hard sci-fi fans might enjoy this one.

Full Review… | June 17, 2006

A abordagem científica adotada pelo roteiro contrabalança a trama rasa e o patriotismo barato do filme.

July 24, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Destination Moon

I think this is a cool nostalgic look at what the people of 1950 thought of the future. It's very interesting and quite exciting for most of the movie. I liked it, it was cool.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Industrialist: Now listen, fella, I've known you from way back. Two-engine planes weren't fast enough: you had to go in for four. Then props weren't fast enough: you had to go in for jets. Now you've got a hold of something else, something that'll go higher and faster than anything that ever existed before. You can't swing it alone, so you're trying to rope us in on it. Well, before we go along with you, you'll have to tell us: what's the payoff?
Jim Barnes: Dollars and cents? I don't know. I want to do this job because it's never been done. Because I don't know. It's research, it's pioneering. What's the Moon? Another North Pole - another South Pole - our only satellite, our nearest neighbor in the sky.
Industrialist: But why go there, Jim?
Jim Barnes: We'll know when we get there; we'll tell you when we get back. It's a venture that I don't want to be left out of.

Upon its release, this was the biggest sci-fi adventure of the time. Praised for its realistic tone and use of special effects, today it stands as an enjoyable adventure, even if we now know better about how this would really work.

The story involves a group of scientists who design a rocket ship and attempt to land on the moon. They succeed in this, but problems arise when dealing with how to get back

Today there is plenty that will seem corny about it, but it features men doing a fine enough job in this feature, with some subtle anti-communism points hit as well.

The special effects are all handled well for the time and the score is of course big and appropriate.

Its a fun enough flick with some deeper themes that are certainly more apparent now as a reflection of the past.

Sweeney: General, how serious are you about this?
General Thayer: [very bluntly] Deadly serious.

Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

I was trying not to judge it too harshly, because 1950's sci-fi will always be severely dated. So in the end, my beef with the film is more just sub par film making than accuracy. The characters are mostly bland and interchangable (with the exception of a goofy "brooklyn" character thrown in for comic relief and giving the other astronauts someone to provide exposition to). The film is shot like one of those 1950's educational films, with boring master shots, and fairly goofy dialogue. I have a feeling even in its day it wasn't considered quality film making. I think the main reason to watch is to see what the" idea" of going to the moon was like before we actually knew how it really went down, and how close they got. That and a strange appearance by Woody Woodpecker... no joke. A kind of fictional time capsule.

Grifty G

Super Reviewer

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