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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Moon -

2.8 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews

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Government Conspiracy about going to the moon

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  • Producers: Bart Winfield Sibrel
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: afth, llc
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2001
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059MCV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J. P Snedeker on August 9, 2001
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Bart Sibrel's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon" claims to prove that man never walked on the moon. But the "proof" consists of far-fetched photographic interpretations (including footage of Apollo 11 "staging" its mission), unsupported claims, and rhetorical questions easily answered by common sense and a little research.
We see a staged spacecraft landing on the videobox; the same scene is shown in the video. But since he doesn't mention that these images come from the 1976 fictional movie "Capricorn One," Sibrel obviously wants us to wrongly believe that they are from an Apollo mission.
Sibrel discusses the earth's Van Allen radiation belts, and claims that astronauts traveling through them could not survive. He says this is why the Soviets never sent men to the moon. Truth is, scientists don't really know how dangerous the belts are. But they took the gamble that the men would survive the 90-minute trip through them--which they did. (If the Soviets "knew" no man could survive the belts, why didn't they trumpet this fact when the Americans were claiming to beat them to the moon? Instead, they congratulated NASA.)
The reason the Soviets didn't go is that their moon rocket never worked. We're told that the Soviets' 1969 space technology was ahead of the US, which is baloney; by 1969 the US had docked two spacecraft six times--a maneuver critical for a moon landing--while the Soviets had not done it once.
If the moon landings were faked, how'd they keep the thousands of NASA employees quiet? Sibrel claims "only a few people saw the entire picture," but never gives any names or proof.
Some of Sibrel's reasoning makes your head spin.
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This film is highly deceptive. After several minutes of emotional religious setup reeking of brimstone, it presents a few slipshod and comical attempts at discussing astrophysics and rocket science, neither of which its writer/director Bart Sibrel seems to know anything about. The film tries to argue that Apollo was suspiciously successful after the initial Mercury project failures. But that's easy to do when you completely ignore -- as Mr. Sibrel has -- the Gemini project in which all those problems were faced and solved, including the supposedly impassable Van Allen belts. (Here's a hint: Dr. Van Allen, for whom the belts are named, specifically repudiates this filmmaker's radiation arguments.) The film argues that the Soviets had a 5-to-1 advantage in space, but that was true only in about 1960. After Gemini (circa 1968) it was 3-to-1 in America's favor. That is just one of the film's many misleading statements.

Only toward the very end do you get to see any of the "smoking gun" footage from Apollo 11. Mr. Sibrel says the astronauts faked their distant en-route telecasts by shooting lots of video from Earth orbit using camera tricks. This raw footage was allegedly edited on the ground into only a few seconds or minutes of "polished" footage that the world saw. From an hour of "backstage" film the director says NASA mistakenly sent him, Mr. Sibrel shows only a snippet here and there, most of it without the audio that clearly explains what the astronauts were really doing -- testing television equipment they hadn't had time to learn to use. Instead the narrator repeats Mr. Sibrel's accusations of fraud.
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First of all, this is a review of the movie itself and not the possibility of a conspiracy. One thing these films seem to have in common is that barely intelligent feel. What I mean is that these people think they are pointing out things which prove how hight their IQs are, but in reality show their ignorance.
This is a film and as such it should draw in the viewer. This one does not. When it starts, I can not tell if it is a moon hoax movie, an anti-government movie or an anti-big business movie. It intercuts scenes of the Apollo missions with scenes of starving people and violence in other countries. If the writer wanted a movie about how much we were spending on the moon missions, he should have made a movie about that. I can't really tell which part he is complaining about.
The movie is not entertaining and has no focus, but what about the science? Horrible. He talks about shadows and stars, which we have all heard before. Cameras do not work the same way the eye does. If I adjust aperature for the brightness of the moon, it will drop shadows into complete darkness. The opposite is also true- if I adjust for the shadows, the highlights will be blown out. It is called clipping and is prevalent even on todays best digital cameras.
The color video camera used inside the module was a film camera and not capable of live broadcast. The BW one which did broadcast, was a huge contraption that could not be moved inside the module.
I could go on and on about the stupidity of this, but the movie does it for me. Somehow it meanders about and we get end with a shot of Kennedy's assassination. I am not sure how that relates to the moon landing, but maybe it is meant to show that Kennedy was going to out the moon program and so astronaut snipers killed him.
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