In the Shadow of the Moon

2007 PG 1h 49m Blu-ray / DVD

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In the Shadow of the Moon

2007 PG 1h 49m Blu-ray / DVD
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David Sington and Christopher Riley's acclaimed documentary reveals the history of the Apollo space program through interviews with the brave astronauts who lived through a paradigm-shifting chapter in world history. Devoted to President John F. Kennedy's goal of sending a man to the moon, the NASA project pushed the envelope of what was humanly possible. But the program also experienced several failures, one of which resulted in tragedy.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS 5.1 Surround
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Alan LaVern Bean
  • Harrison Schmitt
  • Stephen Armstrong
  • Viola Armstrong
  • Gene Cernan
  • Michael Collins
  • Charles Duke
  • John F. Kennedy
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Reviews

age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this documentary mentions the riots and upheavals of the 1960s, as well as the dangers of the Apollo moon flights, with much time devoted to the launch-pad fire that killed three astronauts on the ground. There is also Buzz Aldrin's revelation that he urinated inside his space suit on worldwide TV before stepping on the moon.

Sexual Content

Not applicable

Violence

News footage of aircraft crashes, bombing, and combat in Vietnam.

Language

Some "damn"-level cursing and a discussion of urination.

Social Behavior

The courage, bravery, and potential sacrifice of the Air Force fighter pilots-turned-lunar astronauts and their ground crews is a big topic. Singled out for particular awe is Neil Armstrong's ability to keep a cool head in extreme circumstances. Some astronauts speak of their "born again" religious reactions to setting foot on the moon. Others seem to embrace eco-enlightenment.

Consumerism

Vintage clips include commercial sponsors who glommed onto the Apollo program, like Miracle Whip.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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