A 13-hour mini-series detailing James A. Michner's fictional account of the American space program from the years after World War II to the Apollo landings on the moon in the early 1970s.
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1985  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
James Garner ...  Sen. Norman Grant 5 episodes, 1985
Susan Anspach ...  Elinor Grant 5 episodes, 1985
Blair Brown ...  Penny Hardesty Pope 5 episodes, 1985
Bruce Dern ...  Stanley Mott 5 episodes, 1985
David Dukes ...  Leopold Strabismus / ... 5 episodes, 1985
Harry Hamlin ...  John Pope 5 episodes, 1985
Barbara Sukowa ...  Leisel Kolff 5 episodes, 1985
Michael York ...  Dieter Kolff 5 episodes, 1985
James Sutorius ...  Tim Finnerty 5 episodes, 1985
Laurence Luckinbill ...  Narrator 5 episodes, 1985
Melinda Dillon ...  Rachel Mott 4 episodes, 1985
Martin Balsam ...  Sen. Glancey 4 episodes, 1985
Dick Anthony Williams ...  Gawain Butler 4 episodes, 1985
Les Lannom ...  Larry Penzoss / ... 4 episodes, 1985
Richard Delmonte Richard Delmonte ...  Ramirez 4 episodes, 1985
Beau Bridges ...  Randy Claggett 3 episodes, 1985
Stephanie Faracy ...  Debbie Dee Claggett 3 episodes, 1985
G.D. Spradlin ...  Tucker Thomas 3 episodes, 1985
David Spielberg ...  Skip Morgan 3 episodes, 1985
Maggie Han ...  Cindy Rhee 3 episodes, 1985
Jennifer Runyon ...  Marcia Grant 3 episodes, 1985
Charles Tyner ...  Dracula 3 episodes, 1985
Peter Nelson ...  Millard Mott 3 episodes, 1985
Donald Craig Donald Craig ...  Newsman 3 episodes, 1985
Ralph Bellamy ...  Paul Stidham 2 episodes, 1985
Wolf Kahler ...  Funkhauser 2 episodes, 1985
Clu Gulager ...  Victor Hardesty 2 episodes, 1985
Scotch Byerley Scotch Byerley ...  Harry Jensen 2 episodes, 1985
James Edgcomb James Edgcomb ...  Ed Cater 2 episodes, 1985
Lawrence Lott Lawrence Lott ...  Timothy Bell 2 episodes, 1985
Richard Partlow ...  Charles Lee 2 episodes, 1985
Christina Pickles ...  Mrs. McKellar 2 episodes, 1985
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken ...  Prof. Anderson 2 episodes, 1985
Jonathan Goldsmith ...  Raf Perry 2 episodes, 1985
Mary Jackson ...  Frankie 2 episodes, 1985
Murphy Dunne Murphy Dunne ...  Lt. Wiles 2 episodes, 1985
Michael Talbott ...  Tom Savage 2 episodes, 1985
Barbara Bingham ...  Cluny Bell 2 episodes, 1985
Christine Dickinson Christine Dickinson ...  Gloria Cater 2 episodes, 1985
Bert Remsen ...  Ed Specktor 2 episodes, 1985
Ivan Bonar ...  Harry Crampton / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Jeanne Lange Jeanne Lange ...  Inger Jensen 2 episodes, 1985
Annie O'Neill Annie O'Neill ...  Sandra Lee 2 episodes, 1985
Richard Pierson Richard Pierson ...  Roger 2 episodes, 1985
Robert Weaver Robert Weaver ...  Sam Cottage 2 episodes, 1985
Julie Phillips Julie Phillips ...  Ronnie 2 episodes, 1985
Michael Cochrane ...  Commander Blount / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Alan Fudge ...  Pomfret 2 episodes, 1985
Stephen Jenn Stephen Jenn ...  Hans Brenner 2 episodes, 1985
Lia Sargent ...  Mia Portnoy 2 episodes, 1985
Gary Kasper ...  Brother 2 episodes, 1985
Sue Strain Sue Strain ...  Sally Quint 2 episodes, 1985
Bill Morey Bill Morey ...  Dean Robert Hawkins / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Shane Rimmer ...  Gen Quigley / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Walter Mathews ...  Jennings 2 episodes, 1985
Sheila Ruskin Sheila Ruskin ...  Lt. Constance Hall-Tipping 2 episodes, 1985
Burke Byrnes ...  FBI Agent / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Michael Sheard ...  Himmler 2 episodes, 1985
Nancy Abramson Nancy Abramson ...  School Secretary 2 episodes, 1985
Eleanor Zee Eleanor Zee ...  Mrs. Griffin 2 episodes, 1985
Richard Gordon ...  CapCom 2 episodes, 1985
James Avery ...  Jean-Marie 2 episodes, 1985
Lizabeth Pritchett Lizabeth Pritchett ...  Esther Glancey 2 episodes, 1985
Woody Eney Woody Eney ...  TV Science Consultant 2 episodes, 1985
Marya Morgan Marya Morgan ...  Anchorwoman 2 episodes, 1985
Michael Finnegan Michael Finnegan ...  Pilot 2 episodes, 1985
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A 13-hour mini-series detailing James A. Michner's fictional account of the American space program from the years after World War II to the Apollo landings on the moon in the early 1970s.

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Trivia

Apollo 18, the fictitious moon mission that failed, was the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (NASA's rendezvous with a Russian Soyuz spacecraft) nickname in later years since it used the Apollo era spacecraft. See more »

Goofs

During the launch of Apollo 18, several reaction shots in Mission Control show Stanley Mott and Deiter Kolpf in the MCC room, yet at the same time, through several scenes intertwined with the launch, both men are shown as being on a TV stage narrating the launch and explaining things as they happen. See more »

Alternate Versions

Three versions exist. The original (1985) is 13 hours long and aired from Sunday-Thursday. (Alternated 2 and 3 hour episodes.) In July, 1987, CBS rebroadcast it every Saturday night, using a re-edited 9 hour version (Three 2's and a 3). In 1989, it hit syndication and was shown in a ten hour version. (You guessed it, 5 two hours.) See more »

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Very close to history, with a good tangential ending.
22 November 2001 | by wombat_1See all my reviews

My thoughts are essentially in agreement with the previous commentators. If you've read the book you'll know what to expect: an "epic" in the true sense of the word. The Mercury, Gemini and early Apollo astronauts are depicted pretty well as history shows them; in fact it seems difficult to separate the fictional from the might-be-real-but-not-well-known.

The version I saw in Australia has a final section covering the destruction of the "Challenger". This is done is a somewhat different style to the rest of the movie (a bit too "soft focus" and "tearjerker" for my liking), and is not in the book, either.

In style and approach, I would rate this as a little closer to "Right Stuff" than to "Apollo 13".


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