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      Destination Moon

      Released Jun 27, 1950 1h 31m Sci-Fi List
      67% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 48% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A team composed of an aerospace scientist (Warner Anderson), an ex-Air Force general (Tom Powers) and an industrialist (John Archer) conceive an ambitious plan to land Americans on the moon. From their base in the Mojave Desert, they construct and successfully launch a spacecraft named "Luna" that contains a cargo of four astronauts. But a critical miscalculation of needed power to escape the moon's gravitational pull may put the astronauts' lives in danger. Read More Read Less

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      Bob Thomas Associated Press Destination Moon is good hocus-pocus stuff about interplanetary travel. Jul 29, 2019 Full Review Mark R. Leeper Mark Leeper's Reviews DESTINATION MOON (1950), the film that probably should have led off the Fifties science fiction cycle, actually is still an enjoyable adventure film even if parts are a little dated. Rated: 6/10 Sep 14, 2022 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Jules Verne by way of Robert A. Heinlein, the staid harbinger of the Space Race Oct 3, 2014 Full Review James O'Ehley Sci-Fi Movie Page Heinlein's original novel had Nazis on the moon! Jan 25, 2008 Full Review Scott Weinberg DVDTalk.com Taken as sort of a pre-pre-pre-historic Apollo 13, I suspect the die-hard sci-fi fans might enjoy this one. Rated: 3/5 Jun 17, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jeff S This entertaining film used dialogue effectively to explain certain basics of astrophysics in a simple manner--essential for a film produced before the Space Age and shows like Star Trek. All things considered, it's a remarkable production. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/29/24 Full Review cato This film is very hard to sit through without laughing histarically but it is useful to see what just 75 years ago we thought space travel to the moon would look like. Demonstrates not only the massive leaps in space travel technology we have actually taken, but also the massive improvements made in film making. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/24 Full Review david l Destination Moon is a SF movie did not age well for obvious reasons, but it is still interesting to see how much this film actually predicted about the eventual Moon landing. Slow pacing, anti-climactic ending and weak characters aside, the emphasis on science in its screenplay was fascinating, the Woody Woodpecker segment was endearing and the Oscar-winning VFX were great for its time. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review dave s Considering when it was made, Destination Moon gets a lot of things right. It also gets a lot of things wrong. For example, as per Destination Moon, what is the most effective way to raise money for a non-government funded flight to the moon? If you guessed that it would be to show a Woody Woodpecker cartoon to a group of wealthy industrialists, you'd be correct. On top of this stunning absurdity, the film is also lacking in technical prowess, most notably the poor framing and blocking of shots and some truly horrible lighting over the first half of the film. As well, the four ‘astronauts' are remarkably dull characters. Despite this, the second half of the movie is actually fairly well executed and much of the science involved seems to be fairly accurate with the whole thing being topped off with an interesting moral dilemma. It's not a great movie, but it's not as bad as one might suspect. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member I know the story is a bit dull but the visual sophistication carries the film. A realistic adult science fiction adventure film from George Pal. The space suits, rocket, matte painting Won an Acadany Award for best Visyal. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Foundational to the sci-fi genre as we know it today. Heinlein's writing is brought out wonderfully. It's old, but in the context in which it was made, it's a masterpiece. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A team composed of an aerospace scientist (Warner Anderson), an ex-Air Force general (Tom Powers) and an industrialist (John Archer) conceive an ambitious plan to land Americans on the moon. From their base in the Mojave Desert, they construct and successfully launch a spacecraft named "Luna" that contains a cargo of four astronauts. But a critical miscalculation of needed power to escape the moon's gravitational pull may put the astronauts' lives in danger.
      Director
      Irving Pichel
      Producer
      George Pal
      Screenwriter
      Robert A. Heinlein, Robert A. Heinlein, Alford Van Ronkel, James O'Hanlon
      Distributor
      Something Weird Video, Cinema Classics, Budd Rogers Releasing Corporation [us], Eagle-Lion Films Inc. [us], Mass Production, Nostalgia Merchant, Image Entertainment Inc., Englewood Entertainment [us], Wade Williams Productions Inc.
      Production Co
      George Pal Productions
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 27, 1950, Wide
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jan 20, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 31m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.37:1)
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