The story of the man’s first trip to the moon in 1969 has been told in many versions, but this stunning new documentary, drawing upon never before seen NASA footage, brings a level of drama and suspense that makes it feel brand new. Transpiring over nine days, the trip sent three astronauts — Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong — on a trip no one had taken before. Each stage of the mission was death-defying and required precise execution both in space and on the ground.
Director Todd Douglas Miller uncovered a trove of 65 mm footage from the NASA archives that had largely been forgotten. The gorgeously restored footage captures not only the rocket ship, but also throngs of visitors to Cape Canaveral, a precious time capsule of South Florida history.
In a recent Vanity Fair article about the making of the film, Neil Armstrong’s son Rick said, “The combination of the footage quality and the way it was edited made me feel like I was watching it in real time.”
BBFC Advice: Contains very mild bad language.
Running Time: 1hr 33mins
BBFC Advice: U
Director(s): Todd Douglas Miller
Country of Origin: USA
Year of release: 2019