In the Shadow of the Moon
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In the Shadow of the Moon
Filmmaker David Sington merges the magnificence of science with the compelling drama of the human quest for advancement with this fascinating and visually stunning meditation on the historic Apollo space program. In the four remarkable years between 1968 and 1972, American history took a defining turn as nine NASA spacecraft made the trip to the moon, and 12 bold explorers became the first men ever to set foot on ground beyond planet Earth. In this documentary, space enthusiast Sington allows the surviving crew members from each Apollo mission the unique opportunity to recount their memories… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Successfully recaptures the feeling of what made the Apollo missions so special."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Lofty recap of the Apollo moon program."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Inspiring."
‑ Victoria Kettner, thelondonpaper
"The movie fills us with wonder, and pride, and a tugging sense of loss."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"The astronaut interviews are fun and occasionally moving..."
‑ Reece Pendleton, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"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."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"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?"
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Uniquely, almost impressively dull."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"The contrast between the near-surreal space footage and the down-to-earth men who were actually in those spacesuits is awe-inspiring."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"I wouldn't have missed this chance to revisit one of earth's most significant encounters with deep space for anything."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"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."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The shots of the Moon, even after so many effects-heavy studio films have tried to recreate the look, are uncanny."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
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