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In the Shadow of the Moon

2007
Documentary
1h 40m
The surviving crew members from NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words. (imdb)
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In the Shadow of the Moon

2007
Documentary
1h 40m
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Rated 25 Sep 2007
80
68th
This tale has been done many times, but somehow this documentary manages to find new life in it. The filmmakers are smart enough to get the heck out of the way and let these men tell their own story. Also, it's hard to get tired of what is arguably the greatest human achievement ever
Rated 19 Jul 2008
70
72nd
Or: Mike Collins tries oh so hard to convince us all that he didn't care about not being able to step on the moon. Sure, Mike. Sure.
Rated 09 Jun 2013
79
77th
A pretty wonderful, insightful documentary that makes me wish I was born earlier to experience these life changing events personally. Still, it felt like I was experiencing it some way. Has great footage and commentary. Just a blast
Rated 01 Dec 2007
97
99th
We all know the process of how we got to the moon, but this movie conveys how some of the 24 men who went there truly felt about their journey, and in their own wise words. Simply breathtaking, motivating and moving. And it honestly may be the best documentary I've ever seen.
Rated 14 Sep 2007
89
81st
Directors Sington and Riley keep their approach clean and straightforward. The former astronauts look directly into the camera and tell their stories with old NASA footage cut in. There are so many elements that are memorable, such as the shared humility of these men who often comment about their good fortune to get this opportunity (Tom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff" phrase is as much a source of amusement for them as anything) or the less familiar older footage that's incorporated.
Rated 01 Aug 2019
82
74th
This is a slightly more traditional documentary than the poetic and ethereal For All Mankind, but nonetheless it feels like worthy companion piece to that film. The interview footage is as compelling and valuable as ever. All involved realise the importance of documenting the Apollo missions for ours and future generations. The astronauts do a great job with both the mission detail and expressing themselves and their individual experience in their own words. Profound and moving, as it should be.
Rated 30 May 2019
50
13th
This documentary has the surviving astronauts from the Apollo program talking on camera. It's really not very good. These guys did very interesting things, but they talk about it in a string of cliches and banalities. I just don't care enough to want to sit through this. Setting all that aside, it is harmed a bit by Neil Armstrong's refusal to participate.
Rated 29 Apr 2018
8
78th
Almost 50 years have passed since the first moon landing, and to this day Man's greatest achievement has remained IMHO unrivalled. I can only imagine how exhilarating and awe-inspiring it must've been for those brave souls to embark on a journey of a lifetime, set foot on an alien planet, witness the beauty that is planet Earth and think: "God... I really hope my wife remembered to tape those episodes of Jeopardy"
Rated 16 Sep 2012
53
14th
"For All Mankind" is much better.
Rated 11 Sep 2012
80
86th
It's a standard talking-heads documentary interspersed with archive footage, but when you have such inspiring people telling their stories and such amazing footage then it becomes something greater. The nerd in me longs for more in-depth info about just how the challenge of getting to the Moon was overcome, something this film is rather light on. But I dare anyone not to watch it and feel some of the thrill people at the time must have felt watching humanity's greatest achievement.
Rated 20 Nov 2011
25
61st
"In the Shadow of the Moon reminds us of a seemingly distant time when the United States was not so alienated from the rest of the world." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 22 Feb 2011
65
71st
Mostly interesting and well-done recounting of an indubitably remarkable and amazing adventure by those who conducted it, although occasionally a little saccharine and somewhat light on information. The opening certainly makes it seem as though the filmmakers had studied the Errol Morris oeuvre.
Rated 30 Aug 2010
92
95th
One of the best told documentaries about the Apollo missions achievements, told by the astronauts. Just letting these men speak openly is the winning formula in my eyes. As they reflect fondly over the things that happened and the things they saw. There are a wide scope of memories and emotions over the journeys they undertook, which I find captivating.
Rated 07 Aug 2010
78
74th
It's a bit too on the nose with all that silly Human Spirit and We Will Overcome stuff, but damn if I didn't get goosebumps multiple times. Since I never saw a lot of the original video material, this was a visual and historical treat. Just don't expect a lot of science or facts, just human interest and good natured heart-tugging in regards to a (at the time) mindblowing achievement. Nice shout-out to the conspiracy theory nutbags at the end too.
Rated 12 Jan 2010
80
71st
Gute Doku über die Mondlandung.
Rated 24 Aug 2009
80
79th
Really good doco about the Apollo moon missions featuring interviews with many of the astronauts involved. A bit disappointing that they weren't able to interview Neil Armstrong, but still very watchable.
Rated 23 Jul 2009
80
91st
Great documentary of the landing on the moon. I saw now the first pictures of 1969. I didn't know how they landed on the moon. Beautiful pictures out of space to see our planet earth. I must confess it is a beautiful planet : blue, white and brown. We must take care of our precious planet.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
91
77th
Fantastic documentary on the Apollo program. Favorite moment: Jim Lovell reading from Genesis as the Earth came into view while orbiting the moon. Highly recommended.
Rated 16 Jan 2009
10
99th
Incredible documentary, the best on the subject imo, but I was a bit annoyed that they even acknowledged that retarded conspiracy even if it was just over the credits.
Rated 15 Sep 2008
76
84th
A well done if by-the-books documentary chronicling the Apollo missions. Lots of really great, breathtaking footage that seems like it was newly digitized/unearthed for this doc, so the archival film looks sharp and clear.
Rated 31 May 2008
66
26th
I thought it was alright as a documentary, but the bitterness at the end ruined it for me.
Rated 31 May 2008
65
73rd
A great documentary.

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