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  • Actors: Barry Corbin, Buzz Aldrin, Jay Barbree, Sam Beddingfield, Frank Borman
  • Directors: Kirk Wolfinger
  • Writers: Jay Barbree, Alan Shepard, Dana Rae Warren, Deke Slayton, Howard Benedict
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • VHS Release Date: June 9, 1998
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303126707
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,516 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Astronauts Deke Slayton and Alan Shepherd tell the story of America's race for the moon, utilizing an untapped treasure of NASA tapes, home movies and never-before-seen footage of the Soviet space program.Starring: Deke Slayton, Alan Shepherd

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This should really be made into a DVD, as I have nearly worn out my original VHS copy.
K. Ludlum
Many are unaware that the Mercury and Gemini programs were essential to ensure man's trip to the moon and "safe return to Earth" during the Apollo program.
uwe@mindspring.com
The moon landing is one of man's greatest achievements and this inspirational documentary caputures history in a manner befitting a classic epic film.
J. Remington

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Remington on May 3, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Using Deke Slayton's homespun (and salty!) language filtered through the earthy voice of Barry Corbin, Moon Shot is the definative history of the NASA Space program.
This documentary uses an ocean of archival footage and stunningly accessible, honest, humourous and illuminative first person narratives of all the key players to tell the complete story from Mercury to Skylab and all the journeys in between. As great as Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff is, Moon Shot is even more complete.
Clocking in at over 3 hours in running time, Moon Shot flies by in a second as it is filled with fascinating insights and visions of the brave men (and the women who supported them) who took us into the final frontier.
The moon landing is one of man's greatest achievements and this inspirational documentary caputures history in a manner befitting a classic epic film. Moon shot is a must see and must own document which stands up beautifully to the many, many times I have viewed and reviewed it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Moonshot is the best NASA documentary ever and gives a thorough,and personal,history of 1960s spaceflight from Mercury to Gemini to the Apollo Moon landings.It is told by the astronauts themselves and features unique footage of President Kennedy visiting the base.It also tells some stories that I had not seen before,such as Coopers emergency landing when systems shut down in his Mercury capsule.The Moonshot documentary gives us our moneys worth by going for 3 hours and 12 minutes of very interesting NASA history.How about a DVD version? This superb documentary deserves one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Turner Entertainment has given us two of the best historical gifts ever captured on film: "Gettysburg" and "Moon Shot". I got to see "Moon Shot" on tv and while in DC at the Air & Space Museum saw it for sale and bought it without hesitation.
Growing up, my heroes were all astronauts and they're all in this film which covers the US space program from NASA's birth in 1958 through the Apollo flights. I show portions of this great film to my aerospace history class to show my students what it was like back then since most of them were born after the Space Shuttle program began. I can't wait for my daughter to get a little older so I can let her watch it.
To suplement the film, I highly recommend the book of the same title by Shepard and Slayton. If you still want more, "Deke!" by Slayton, "John Glenn: A Memoir" by Glenn are both great as well. If you are really a space nut, seek out "We Seven" by the original Mercury astronauts and "Footprints" by the Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
When i first saw apollo 13, I was hooked. I decided to get everything I could on the space program concerning those flights. I never expected to become so engulfed in this video but it seemed to have more information about what happened during the missions than anything else. I love all of the interviews (especially Pete Conrad). I also thought it was cool when they intergrated the old N.A.S.A. and soviet launch footage. My only wish for this video would have been a face to face interview with Deke Slayton. If you love stuff about the space program or documentaries period, get this one. You might surprise yourself and love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Markley on June 29, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of the better programs I have seen on TV, and it is a great overview of the training and flights of U.S. astronauts up through the Moon landings. It includes stunning film of astronauts in space, and the very haunting story of the 3 Apollo men who were killed in 1967. There also are some interesting clips of Soviet cosmonauts. The narration and the statements by former astronauts and other NASA employees are excellent, including a lot of common sense and a good sense of humor.
It is good to see the astronauts who put their lives on the line get a chance to speak for themselves in "Moon Shot." They describe many dramatic incidents which were little known at the time. Their opinions of the silliness of bureaucrats and loony academics are worth the price of the video alone.
One of the most heartening parts of the video is the message given by the Apollo 8 astronauts back to Earth as they were orbiting the Moon in 1968, while, at the same time the world was undergoing much turmoil.
Overall, it is a very moving story about the heroism and dedication of the astronauts and others in the race to the moon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kresal on July 20, 2009
Format: VHS Tape
I was fortunate enough to see this on its original TBS broadcast in 1994 and have just finished re-watching it for the first time in several years in honor of the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Having not seen it in so long and having been highly impressed with then, I was intrigued to see this again and wondered if my wonderful memories of it were still true. As it turns out, the memory didn't cheat on this occasion. Moon Shot was a fantastic and personal look at the Space Race from its beginning in 1957 to effective epilogue in 1975.

This documentary series is based upon the book written by astronauts Deke Slayton and Alan Shephard (both of whom are now deceased). The series is told from the point of view of Slayton in the form of narration from actor Barry Corbin. Corbin proves to be a perfect choice for the voice of Slayton (who died during the making of the series in 1993). As Slyaton, Corbin brings a wide range of emotions to his narration rather then a possibly monotone form of narration and by the end of it one could be convinced he is Slayton. Corbin though is the tip of the iceberg.

The series is also full of interviews as well. These range from other astronauts (including the book's co-author Alan Shephard) plus various individuals such as those who worked for NASA or reporters who covered NASA in this period. The interviewees each bring their own personal perspectives and allow for a much fuller version of events to be shared. The interviews also present a rather interesting historical document in themselves as many of the astronauts interviewed including Shephard, Wally Schirra and Stu Roosa to name a few have since passed away (Roosa passing away just months after the original broadcast).
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Where's the DVD?
I own this remarkable documentary and have been waiting for it to come out on DVD. It's now 2011...what gives? It is the best account of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space missions ever put out. Come on, get it out on DVD already!!!
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