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From the Earth to the Moon

Posted on July 20, 2009 at 8:00 am

A+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Profanity: Some strong language
Alcohol/ Drugs: Smoking, drinking, substance abuse
Violence/ Scariness: Characters in peril, tense confrontations
Diversity Issues: Traditional depiction of race and gender per the conventions of the era
Date Released to Theaters: 1998
Date Released to DVD: 1998
Amazon.com ASIN: B000A0GYD2

The very best American miniseries I have ever seen is the HBO production from Tom Hanks, From the Earth to the Moon. Instead of a chronological run-down, each episode takes on the space race from a different angle. One gives us the perspective of the wives, another tells us the challenges faced by the contractors, and another is from the perspective of the press. One tells us about the experience of turning astronauts into geologists so that they could be as effective as possible in bringing home the rocks that would help scientists the most. The last episode focuses in part on a man whose only connection to the moon landing was that he made a fanciful silent film (and invented special effects) in France decades earlier. Brilliantly written, acted, and directed, this is outstanding viewing for ages 10 and up, for space nuts and for those who don’t know their Apollos from their Geminis.

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