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Moon Pilot [VHS] (1962)

Tom Tryon , Brian Keith , James Neilson  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Tom Tryon, Brian Keith, Edmond O'Brien, Dany Saval, Bob Sweeney
  • Directors: James Neilson
  • Writers: Maurice Tombragel, Robert Buckner
  • Producers: Bill Anderson, Ron Miller, Walt Disney
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Ent
  • VHS Release Date: March 18, 1997
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304368542
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,272 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lift off with comedy at the controls. January 20, 2010
Format:DVD
TRIVIA & BEHIND THE SCENES: Tom Tryon was selected for the lead role right after he had completed a western television series for Disney known as "Texas John Slaughter". The film is directed by James Nielson, the first of many movies he helmed for the Disney Studio after directing 2 episodes of Zorro. His movies for Disney included Bon Voyage, The Moon-Spinners, Summer Magic, The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin.. The 3 songs in the movie were composed by those Disney wonders, the Sherman Brothers . Dany Saval as the female lead Lyrae, Saval was an actress from France. Disney regulars Tommy Kirk, Brian Keith and Edmond O'Brien turn in great performances. Screenplay by Maurice Tombragel, based upon an original story by Robert Bruckner from his novel "Starfire". Disney's first feature film about outer space, it features some nice special effects and gadgets. The FBI filed a complaint to Disney about their portrayal in the film. Disney hoped for some future success for the their female lead, and had her sing a song from the movie on the next Annette Funicello record. Running time 98 minutes. Premiered on February 9, 1962, general release on April 5, 1962. It later aired on the weekly Disney television show on NBC's "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color", on January 16 & 23, 1966. It then re-aired on February 21 & 28, 1971 with the show's new NBC title "Wonderful World of Disney". First released on VHS in 1986. Disney also produced an episode for their television show that was a behind the scenes peek at the making of the movie, titled "Spy in the Sky".

PLOT: A space scientist is assigned, reluctantly, to an important space mission, but a mysterious young woman keeps appearing everywhere he goes trying to give him a message.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ground control to Capt. Tom August 31, 2009
By Robert
Format:DVD
I use to think Mr. Dean Jones was the leading funny man for the Disney studios, but Tom Tryon gives it his best as a rather clueless volunteer to the mission of orbiting the moon. He has been given a few days leave before the mission resumes, but not without it's security difficulties and comic mayhem. He also "encounters" a beautiful foreign female who begins to follow him wherever he goes, and almost always out of nowhere. I won't give out the result of this plot, but Mr. Tom Tryon should have done more for Disney as he shows positive comedic acting skills in this Moon Mission mishap. Fun to watch all the way.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walt Disney's Moon Pilot DVD September 9, 2009
Format:DVD
Great movie it's a good old Disney great. Glad I found it for my collection. If you are a Disney fan it is a must. This movie brought back the time when I was a kid and seen it at the theater. Gee I wish they made more movies like this. Again get and enjoy with the whole family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Hollywood never quite decided how to handle Tom Tryon with the result that his roles ranged all the way from "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" to "The Cardinal." "Moon Pilot" represents his only foray into farce and while he might seem miscast, his very "out-of-place" quality probably anchors this film more securely than had it starred other actors, (such as Dean Jones or Dick Van Dyke), who would have been thought more adept at this sort of thing. As for the movie itself, its scientific hardware and special effects may seem either delightfully nostalgic or painfully dated -- depending on one's point of view -- but all will probably agree the film's pacing now seems slow and even a bit tedious. Livening up the proceedings, however, is a scene in which Tom Tryon is shown stripped to his boxer shorts -- something you might not expect to find in a family comedy from Walt Disney. Hollywood may have been puzzled as to how to cast the sexually-ambiguous Tryon, but they certainly knew a prime hunk of muscular, hairy "beefcake" when they saw it and thus Tryon's shirt manages to come off in virtually all of his movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give Moon Pilot more stars! October 5, 2010
Format:DVD
I just saw this on TCM (very good picture and sound).

This is the most unusual Disney Movie I have ever seen. Sort of a serious, romantic, science-fiction, comedy, drama. It's really different, and a lot of fun.

While I enjoyed this movie a lot for the beautiful, sweet, mysterious woman (mistaken for a Russian Spy with a French accent), and the amazing on location filming in San Francisco at a time when The City was so clean, it's really too bad it wasn't directed better, because the story idea really is top notch.

Since some of the actors in the movie are really pretty great, and the script was OK, one can only blame the director, and upon checking I did find that his entire career consisted mostly of directing TV Episodes (and very few from each series at that)!

Moon Pilot is a bit dull and silly at the beginning, but definitely give it a chance, because it becomes much better as it goes. No matter how good the second half seems though, I must compare it to true 5 Star Disney films, such as Mary Poppins, Pollyanna, and Escape To Witch Mountain, and come to the conclusion that this movie Cannot be given more than 3 stars, unfortunately. That's the way the rating systems work. One must think of the best films in the genre and then try to give a fair assessment based on them.

FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT THIS MOVIE:

Three different major fictional works are predicted in "Moon Pilot"...

1. The overly serious military men acting in a comical way would be done to perfection two years Later in Dr. Strangelove.

2. A conversation during this movie reminds one of First Contact Rules (which would not be introduced to the Star Trek franchise until many years later).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable family fun movie
This is a classic and enjoyable movie for all ages. It is good clean fun. And it might be a little dated by today's standards, but it is still fun to watch
Published 1 month ago by Eric Westrope
5.0 out of 5 stars It's old style disney and made way long ago but I still loved it
The plot is thin and the action is nill but the actors and actress try to bring life to this movie. It starts out with a Astronaut who has problems when he is in space and a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Who cares
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories!
When this film was first released, I was a boy only 12 years old and obsessed with aviation & space. (I grew up to be an airline pilot). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard Odato
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic reto
Saw this when I was kid, and also bought the comic book, great movie, the dialogue if you listen closely is very well written, perfect casting here with both leads, and solid... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mitchell J. Mehdy
3.0 out of 5 stars Moon Pilot -- cute but kinda dumb
Some of the comedic situations were cute and somewhat zany. The overall story is just plain out there. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Barry Jernigan
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie with adorable actress
This movie features a gorgeous alien who speaks with a French accent. She has some unusual powers and shows up rather suddenly during critical point in an astronaut's career. Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. W. Rohlin
5.0 out of 5 stars "I know mothers, I had one!"
With the help of a well placed fork, Capt. Richmond Talbot (Tom Tryon) volunteers to make the first manned flight around the moon. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars A FORGOTTEN DISNEY COMEDY!
The subject of a man on the moon may not still be a futuristic big deal but this classic, with an alien subtheme, reminds one of Jerry Lewis' film "Visit To A Small... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ronald Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie and Quality DVD
Great Quality and enjoyable watching it. It is amazing how the pilot volunteered! When leaned over to pick up the spoon the chip dropped on the floor and he stab the future pilot... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ray Nehem
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Chimp!
The excitement of this older Disney movie is outstanding. Geared for young and old alike, everyone will enjoy it. Totally Space Age!
Published 19 months ago by Betty J. Gilb
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