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posted 08-17-2004 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bookman1975   Click Here to Email Bookman1975     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wanted to know what others opinions were on the "From the Earth to the Moon" series on HBO a while back. Personally I think it is fantastic, with super special effects, great portrayals, and an obvious respect for all those involved with Apollo. What's everyone else think?

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posted 08-18-2004 12:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for oos   Click Here to Email oos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my opinion the miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" is well worth watching. The theme music is great too. There are many space related movies out there but most Executive Producer don't come close to what Tom Hanks stands for. He got the right idea about space and knows what we spacoholic want.

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posted 08-18-2004 02:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought the series was fabulous.

Hanks lined up quite a crew of experts to pull off a state of the art series.

I've always wondered during the Apollo 12 chapter they show the crew in quarantine smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. Was that artistic license or did they really do that in quarantine?

That chapter along with "Spider" were a couple of my favorite ones.

Additionally, the launch sequences, the spacecraft shots on the way to the moon and LM touching down were all well done and very cool.

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posted 08-18-2004 03:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The scene that gave me goosebumps is where a group of Apollo astronauts is assembled in a room by Deke Slayton for his announcement that they are the crews that will make the first lunar landing missions. Of course I read it in Walt Cunningham's book (I think), but seeing it depicted like this was really impressive.

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posted 08-18-2004 03:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A great series.

The Apollo 12 chapter is also my favourite, with several funny moment from Conrad telling his crew to go and poop, Beano with (both) cameras and Gordon getting his own back getting Conrad and Bean to strip after docking from the moon.

Also a special moment when Al Bean placed CC Williams (who was never forgotten) wings on the moon.

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posted 08-18-2004 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...just an aside, It was Pete leaving CC's wings.

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posted 08-18-2004 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I stand corrected John. Thanks...

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posted 08-18-2004 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TrueNorth   Click Here to Email TrueNorth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As it happens I just watched the Apollo 12 episode last night. Third time and it just gets better. Like Rizz, this one and Spider were my faves.

I think most on here will agree that the whole series was great. Whether it transcends into the regular population is questionable though. There were a couple of flat episodes, Apollo 13 in particular. That was a tough one as the movie covered it very well, so they did this episode focused on the journalistic coverage of the mission.

But all in all it was great and probably served along with Apollo 13 the movie to create a lot of renewed interest in the Space Program, and to light fires under folks like me who had let their interest in the subject go dormant. I've wondered if this was actually the case for others? It seems like since these productions came out there has been a boom (no doubt the popularity of the Internet has played a large role also).

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posted 08-18-2004 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I always wanted it to be shown on the big screen so I bought a BIG BIG screen TV and watched the Apollo 12 episode first, then Apollo 17, then Apollo 11, then Spider (then I let the family watch something).

If you watch the Apollo 1 episode, look carefully... there's a point during the investigation where the actor who portrays the guy from the Bureau of Mine Safety, the line comes out, "the fire was caused by frayed wiring?" although his lips say "faulty wiring" probably to avoid a lawsuit by Rockwell?

Yes! I have watched them all WAY too closely!!

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posted 08-18-2004 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bookman1975   Click Here to Email Bookman1975     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have three favorites. Like everyone else, I loved the Apollo 12 and Spider episodes, but the more I see the Apollo 15 episode, the more I like it.

I just finished Andy Chaiken's book for the second time. Reading about how hard Dave Scott prepared for that mission is downright inspiring.

When I do get to meet these guys, all I will probably be able to say is "Uh, hi Mr. Scott. Sign my picture please?" But I would really like to ask them what they think of the series, and how close to reality it came.

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posted 08-18-2004 09:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nojnj   Click Here to Email nojnj     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was one of the few who checked it out from the public library. It is a great series! One well worth watching over and over. This one is on my "to buy list."

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I've always credited this series with re-igniting my boyhood passion for the space program. I've always been particularly touched by the scene in which Frank Borman testifies before the congressional committee regarding the Apollo 1 fire. I've often wondered how accurately this was portrayed, but the portrayal is wonderful.

I've enjoyed many of the episodes enough to make them my "favorite" for a time, but (oddly enough) I've been quite fond of the one about the Astronaut's wives most recently. Part of it, I suppose, is that they have taken a bunch of beautiful and talented contemporary actresses and had them portray women from an era that looked upon women in a much different way than we do now. (My congratulations to Sally Fields on a terrific job.) Also, I think it's one of the biggest travesties of the space race that so many of the astronauts' families were hurt so badly by it. The scenes portraying the Bormans and Lovells were, I think, wonderful.

A great series. We're lucky Tom Hanks and HBO did it.

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posted 08-20-2004 09:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moonwalker1954   Click Here to Email Moonwalker1954     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This series is "out of this world"!! The fact that each episode is directed by a different director kind of gives a personnality to it. Like many, my favorite episodes are Apollo 12, Spider and Apollo 15.

I highly recommend this series to those who are not familiar with the space program and to those under 35 who didn't have the chance to witness it live.

Thanks to Tom Hanks and HBO.

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posted 08-20-2004 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BobbyA   Click Here to Email BobbyA     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love the series, particularly the Apollo 12 and 17 episodes. I once asked Dick Gordon what he thought of the series, he kind of laughed off my question, but then I asked if he really made Conrad and Bean strip, he responded "Yeah, I wasn't going to let those two get my CM dirty."

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posted 03-27-2006 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paul prendergast   Click Here to Email paul prendergast     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have just finished watching the HBO series which was released last week in the UK.

Over 13 hours of good acting no big name stars, all I can say that it well acted. What do our friends across the water think? I gather it won an Emmy for the Best Miniseries.

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I'm not sure it it won any awards, but it was most entertaining. A nice visualization to Chaikin's book "Man on the Moon". I particularly found the "back stories" most interesting including Spider which told the story of Tom Kelley and the Grumman crew during the development of the LEM/LM. Other points of note are Is that all there is? and the one featuring Dr. Silver the geologist.

Overall the casting was good, particularly the character of Frank Borman. I thought Mark Harmon as Wally Schirra was a bit of a strech! ...sorry Wally.

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posted 03-27-2006 01:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Emblem Art   Click Here to Email Space Emblem Art     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It did win an Emmy award for best mini series. You're right, the Frank Borman actor was dead-on, and I liked the guy who played Pete Conrad in the Apollo 12 episode. I too, thought Mark Harmon as Wally Schirra was a stretch.

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I actually found it more accurate than "Apollo 13". It was exceptionally well-made.

I couldn't get my kids to read Chaikin's book, but they enjoyed the series. After watching the Guenter Wendt characterization on the Apollo 7 episode, I showed them my autographed photo of Wendt clowning around with Shepard and Mitchell in the Apollo 14 white room. They said, "Wow, he's just like on the TV show!"

This series, combined with the IMAX "Magnificent Desolation - Walking on the Moon in 3D," are about as close as we're going to get at the moment to experiencing what it was like to be there.

The dedication to "Virtual Apollo", which has a forward by Tom Hanks, describes Hanks as "an Earthbound astronaut". I think that's a dead-on assessment - he's about the best friend the manned space program has in Hollywood. If you had a chance to see the "extras" disc that came with "Apollo 13," you hear Hanks talking about what it was like to be fully suited up and walking across the gantry to the White Room - he said he felt he was walking on hallowed ground.

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posted 03-27-2006 04:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SCE to AUX     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't think of a civilian who should have a ride on the shuttle more than Hanks. I wonder if it's possible? Can you imagine the flurry of productions we would get after that trip?

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posted 03-28-2006 05:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjb1elec   Click Here to Email rjb1elec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think Guenter played a cameo part in the Apollo 7 episode (in a meeting with Wally and various management). Does anybody know whether there were any others from the Apollo era connected with the series?

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posted 03-28-2006 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 767FO   Click Here to Email 767FO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On the subject of Tom Hanks, I wrote to his assistant a few years back asking if Hanks would sign my Man on the Moon book. She said sure and to send it along. A couple of months later it came back signed with a great inscription. I promptly sent out a thank you letter. I thought to my self, now here is probably one of the biggest and busiest actors around, yet he took the time and effort to sign some space geeks book. What a guy!

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posted 03-28-2006 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And why not? Tom's probably the ultimate space geek! (and it wouldn't surprise me if he wasn't an occasional visitor to these pages)

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posted 03-29-2006 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recall when the series was first shown I solicited opinions from various astronauts I wrote to at the time. Most enjoyed it but did have a few comments to make (as they would).

I do remember Gene Kranz comments - "series was not up to par - only Apollo 11 and Apollo 15 were good". I would add Apollo 12 as one of my favourites.

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posted 03-31-2006 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just one minor correction - in the Apollo 7 episode, Gunter Wendt was ably played by actor Max Wright, who many of us many remember as Willie Tanner, the "father"/host of the alien "Alf" from the TV series of the same name.

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I have watched this miniseries twice now and totally enjoyed it and I think it has been put together extremely well.

Knowing Tom Hanks is a big space fan himself makes me wonder what his space collection consists of if he has one.

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posted 04-13-2006 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was watching episode 3 and had a question.

In the scene of Gus Grissom's funeral at Arlington, some archive footage is used. Some children are shown, and one is a blonde girl.

Is this our Ms. Stoever?

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posted 04-13-2006 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KC Stoever   Click Here to Email KC Stoever     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was at Arlington Cemetery in 1968 for RFK's burial, but not in 1967 for Gus's. Just my parents went, if I remember correctly.

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posted 04-13-2006 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SCE to AUX     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The actor that played Frank Borman did a nice job with the hearings in that episode, you think?

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posted 04-13-2006 04:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TLI   Click Here to Email TLI     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also think the actor who played Frank Borman was excellent,

Its strange that many of the series' actors were also in Apollo 13 although playing different roles!

  • FTETTM actor who plays Frank Borman plays Pete Conrad in Apollo 13

  • FTETTM actor who plays Dave Scott plays Jack Lousma in Apollo 13

  • FTETTM actor who plays Bob Parker plays Deke Slayton in Apollo 13

  • FTETTM actor who plays Roger Chaffee plays John Young in Apollo 13
There may be a few others that I've missed!

Also I think would have been nice if Tom Hanks had reprised his role as Jim Lovell for the series.

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posted 04-13-2006 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And Bryan Cranston, "Buzz Aldrin" of FTETTM, was Gus Grissom in "That Thing You Do" along with Steve Zahn - Elliot See. As I recall, Cranston was also in "Saving Private Ryan".

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quote:
Originally posted by TLI:
FTETTM actor who plays Bob Parker plays Deke Slayton in Apollo 13
This guy... Chris Ellis also plays Phil Horrace in That Thing sans the weapon of course!

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Hey, I just noticed a hero of mine on the cast list of FTETTM but oddly enough I don't remember seeing Jimmy Buffett while watching. Did I miss The Parrothead or did he end up on the cutting room floor?

FINS UP!

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posted 04-14-2006 11:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Am I the only one who noticed Andrew Chaiken's nameplate said "Marilyn" Chaiken? I can't imagine I am... although I may be the only one goofy enough to mention it.

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In light of Wally Schirra's recent passing, I thought I would dust off From the Earth to the Moon and watch the episode about Apollo 7. My question is this: Did Wally Schirra ever comment about his feelings on how Mark Harmon portrayed him in From the Earth to the Moon in regards to accuracy?

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We had a lot of fun doing the series. All of us who worked as advisors made cameos. Even Andy Chaikin appeared as the moderator on "Meet the Press" in episode one! For those that don't know me, I was the pencil tapping engineer on "Spider" (See my bio in the thread 'Who are you?' as for how I got there).

As for Wally Schirra, he loved the show. He even loaned Mark Harmon his Naval Academy ring for the episode. In pre-production they spent a day together and kept in touch after the show.

Many people don't know this, but Tom Hanks received a NASA service medal from former administrator Dan Goldin in April of 2000.

As for Hanks the collector, at one point he wanted to take the Mercury capsule from episode one and put it in his garage and put some TV's in the porthole windows and have fun flying Mercury missions on his days off. Hey, it was his show!

I will never forget the first night we lit the Moon. On that night of the lighting test, I was at the lunar module ladder working on the leg when we turned off the overhead lights and turned on the 10 huge movie lights focused at a single mirror and then aimed at the surface.

At that moment I was transported to Tranquility Base and I felt that I went to every one of the six landing sites over the next month we shot there.

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Now this is real trivia, but I just watched the "Galileo Was Right" episode for the umpteenth time.

But, when Jack Schmitt tried to recruit Lee Silver, Lee was observing a rock, and asked Jack what he thought. Jack correctly identified the green mineral as olivine, but previously called the other side of the rock "granite". Granite is a light colored rock, not dark or gray rock as shown.

But it doesn't change my opinion that this episode it the best in the series.

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A talk and book signing in Pasadena allowed Al Worden and me to get together with some LA-area friends - Tom Jones, on business at Caltech, space writer Michael Cassutt, and actor Michael Raynor and his girlfriend.

Raynor, you may recall, played Al Worden in "From the Earth to the Moon," and until that evening the two of them had never met. As you can see from these photos and video, they got on together extremely well.

At the book signing, Al presented Michael with a From the Earth to the Moon poster signed "To Michael - The Real Al Worden."

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