In the Shadow of the Moon Synopsis
Surviving members of the Apollo moon missions tell their stories.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Quite simply, a revelation.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
These astronauts are still alive, but as long as mankind survives, their journeys will be seen as the turning point -- to what, it is still...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In the Shadow of the Moon finds new resonance in the moment when America redefined progress -- but also when it heeded the siren song of a...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This magnificent documentary, directed by David Sington and presented by Ron Howard, rises to the occasion by interspersing its interviews...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The value of this film, not just to moviegoers today but to future generations, is simply enormous.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
One small documentary for a filmmaker and one giant leap in inspiration for audiences.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Want to know what the “right stuff” really is? Take a look.
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San Francisco Chronicle

For those of us too young, this will give you an idea of what it meant to watch those baby steps that led to one giant leap.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
And oh, what stories these heroes have to tell - and what incredible sights they brought back with them.
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Boston Globe

It's so simple, so obvious - and a revelation.
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An Inspiring Must See

By wantmoneysworthfrommovies
I was privileged to see this movie at an advanced screening on the 38th anniversary of the first moon landing. The entire movie is made up entirely of interviews with the astronauts and archived...

In the shadow of the moon

By sbm
Superb documentary which captures, through in-depth interviews with Apollo astronauts as well as with rarely-seen NASA footage, what it felt like to be on the moon and to be part of the space program...

One For The Ages...

By JettScreamer
...Arthur C Clarke, the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, once said something to the affect that "a million years from now, the only thing that our generation will be remembered for, was that we...

Facinating history and insight

By etubrutus
From the vantage point of 2007, it's hard to believe there was a time when people around the globe saw the U.S. as a force for good. But the story of the space program is a remarkable tale of how...

Movies that make us better!

By Movies_that_inspire
Movies, in my opinion, offer more than just entertainment, they offer us a chance to reflect, think, and in some cases grow. This can only be realized when great film makers - like Ron Howard -...

Shadow is brilliant

By Seigan
Excellent piece of filmaking. Enjoyed it very much. The clips of tv reports and the film shot while on the moon is as cyrstal clear as if it was shot yesterday. Oddly strange to see the sixties in...

In the Shadow of the Moon

By kek
A very well done documentary! I consider myself a "space geek", and there were several shots in the movie of old archival footage that I had never seen before. It is nce to see the story of the...


By number1
This is a great, fantastic movie. I wish I didn't have to travel to have seen it. Why is this not on national realease Ron?...

Spacing Out Never Felt So Good!

By Cineplexed
When was the last time you remember a single positive human achievement captivating and uniting (at least in awe) the whole world? I watched this film like a little kid with his jaw agape. Hopefully...

I am tired of hearing about thugs posing as heros to our children.

By Peter S
The astronauts in this movie were the true heros of their day. These are the people that the whole world idolized, yet they are humble, mild mannered, insightful and a bit spiritual regarding their...

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Rated PG | For mild language, brief violent images, and incidental smoking
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Lofty recap of the Apollo moon program.
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