In the Shadow of the Moon

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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 from the original NASA film footage--much of it never used before. The result is an intimate epic that vividly communicates the daring, the danger, the pride, and the promise of this extraordinary era in history when the whole world literally looked up at America.

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Critic Reviews for In the Shadow of the Moon

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Audience Reviews for In the Shadow of the Moon

  • Jul 07, 2011
    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.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2010
    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.
    Dan S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2008
    Functional doc on the moon landings which inevitably suffers by comparison with 'Apollo 13''s heightened emotions.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2008
    Amazing footage well put together. This is a story that must be told by the aging men that were the only humans to walk on the moon. However, much of this story was already told in the masterpiece "Apollo 13". Nevertheless, kudos to Ron Howard for this inspiring documentary.
    Richard F Super Reviewer

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