In the Shadow of the Moon
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.
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- David Sington
- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
PGMild language, brief violent images and incidental smoking
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Filmed in B&W and color; interactive menus; scene access.
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary.
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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
- News footage of aircraft crashes, bombing, and combat in Vietnam.
- 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.
- 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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it