US 720m, Colour, B&W
Directors: Tom Hanks, David Frankel, Lili Fini Zanuck, Graham Yost, Frank Marshall, Jon Turteltaub, Gary Fleder, David Carson, Sally Field, Jonathan Mostow; Cast: Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith, David Andrews, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Stephen Root, David Clyde Carr, Tim Daly, Steve Hofvendahl, Conor O’Farrell
From the Earth to the Moon is a twelve-part HBO miniseries based America’s space program of the 1960s and 70s, leading up to and including all of the Apollo moon missions. While deservedly patriotic, the miniseries is also an exploration of the highs and lows of humanity. It is also a tribute to the incredible achievements of the men and women who were responsible for manned space flight to the moon. Although a documentary in style, the series employed largely recreated images, but relied on NASA’s extensive documentation to frame the stories of spaceflight in an incredibly accurate fashion. Hitting on all of the major events, the twelve episodes also interweave many previously unknown stories into the social political and historical events of the day. Perhaps only surpassed in beauty by Al Reinert’s gorgeous documentary “For All Mankind” (1989), From the Earth to the Moon is the most complete and awe-inspiring story of some of the most momentous events of the 20th century (Klaus Ming July 2012).