From the Earth to the Moon (HBO)

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From the Earth to the Moon was a twelve part HBO television miniseries (1998) co-produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, and Michael Bostick detailing the landmark Apollo expeditions to the Moon during the 1960s and early 1970s. Largely based on Andrew Chaikin's book, A Man on the Moon, the series is known for its superbly accurate telling of the story of Apollo and outstanding special effects.

The series takes its title from, but is not based upon, the famous Jules Verne science fiction novel, From the Earth to the Moon. One episode of the series begins with a look at the making of Georges Méliès' film based upon the book.

The series has only one small segment on the Mercury program and does not recap any of the material shown in The Right Stuff. Hanks, Howard and Grazer had produced Apollo 13 only recently and did not reproduce any of that movie's scenes in this series, concentrating instead on the media reaction to Apollo 13.

The episodes of the series are:

  1. Can We Do This? tells the story of the decision to go to the moon and covers the Mercury and Gemini programs.
  2. Apollo 1 is the story of the fire and subsequent investigation of the Apollo 1 accident.
  3. We Have Cleared the Tower tells the story of the recovery and preparation for the flight of Apollo 7.
  4. 1968 reminds us of the events of the year 1968 which culminated in Man's first flight to the Moon during Apollo 8.
  5. Spider tells the story of the development of the Lunar Module and of its first manned flight during Apollo 9.
  6. Mare Tranquilitatis is the story of the first Moonlanding during Apollo 11.
  7. That's All There Is tells the story of a flight to the Moon from the point of view of Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean on Apollo 12.
  8. We Interrupt This Program shows the reporters' view of the 'successful failure' of Apollo 13.
  9. For Miles and Miles details the return to flight of Alan Shepard and his mission to the moon on Apollo 14.
  10. Galileo Was Right shows the scientific side of the Apollo program and the training the Apollo astronauts went through to become geologists on the Moon's surface, culminating in the Apollo 15 mission.
  11. The Original Wives Club tells the story of Apollo from the point of view of the wives who had to endure the dangers of spaceflight at home, framed by the Apollo 16 mission.
  12. La Voyage Dans La Lune mixes the story of the last Apollo flight to the Moon on Apollo 17 with the 19th century vision of a trip to the moon by French film maker Georges Méliès.


        Actor                     Role
Krista Adair Jo Schirra
Mason Adams Clinton P. Anderson, U.S. Senator
Tom Amandes Harrison 'Jack' Schmitt, Astronaut
Brandon Ambrose Edwin Borman
Jo Anderson Pat White
Sam Anderson Thomas O. Paine
David Andrews Frank Borman, Astronaut
Katie Austin Susan Lovell
Dylan Baker Bruce McCoy
Adam Baldwin Fred Haise, Astronaut
George Bartenieff Hugh L. Dryden, NASA Deputy Administrator
Jay T. Becker Jim Lewis
Barry Bell Rocco Petrone, Apollo Program Director
Janis Benson Margaret Chase Smith, U.S. Senator
Reed Birney John Houbolt
Rus Blackwell Joel Kruger
Betsy Brantley Jan Armstrong
Bart Braverman Sahjid
David Brisbin Allyn B. Hazard
Tom Brooks Jack Garman
Jimmy Buffett journalist (fictional character)
Robert John Burke William 'Bill' Anders, Astronaut
Dan Butler Eugene Kranz, Flight Director
David Clyde Carr Gerry Griffin, Flight Director
Andrew Chaikin Meet The Press host (fictional character)
David Clennon Lee Silver, geologist
George Colangelo 'Buck' Willoughby
Gary Cole Edgar Mitchell, Astronaut
Ronny Cox Lee Atwood, CEO North American Aviation
Bryan Cranston Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, Astronaut
Matt Craven Tom Kelly, LM Engineer
Wendy Crewson Faye Stafford
Brett Cullen David Scott, Astronaut
Robert Curtis-Brown Gavin O'Rourke
Ann Cusack Jan Armstrong
Timothy Daly James Lovell, Astronaut
Blythe Danner Narrator (Episode 12)
J. Downing Charles Duke, Astronaut
Chris Ellis Bob Parker, Apollo 17 CAPCOM
Cary Elwes Michael Collins, Astronaut
Joe Farago Dr. Fred Kelly
Lowell Fenner Russ Lawrence
J. Don Ferguson Stephen M. Young, U.S. Senator
Sally Field Trudy Cooper
Keith Flippen Ken Jason
Dann Florek Robert Seamans
Dave Foley Alan Bean, Astronaut
Don Fowler Harrison Storms Jr.
Al Franken Jerome Weisner, Presidential Science Advisor
Tracy Frenkel Rocco Petrone, Apollo Program Director
Joanna Garcia Julie Shepard
Jack Gilpin Theodore Sorensen, Deputy Counsel to the President
Tony Goldwyn Neil Armstrong, Astronaut
Keith Graham Skip Chauvin
Rhoda Griffis Martha Chaffee
Dan Hagen Jay Honeycutt
Tom Hanks Jean-Luc Despont; Host/Narrator
Mike Harding Dick Thorson
Jerry Hardin Ben Taylor
Mark Harmon Walter Schirra, Astronaut
Steve Hofvendahl Tom Stafford, Astronaut
Chris Hogan Don Eyles
Gwen Hollander Laura Shepard
Kristie Horton Barbara Lovell
Peter Horton Frank Burns
John Hostetter Ralph Cooper
Clint Howard Paul Lucas
Jim Howard William Schneider
Joe Inscoe Chester Lee
Chris Isaak Edward White II, Astronaut
Zeljko Ivanek Ken Mattingly, Astronaut
John M. Jackson Hal Deacon
Elliot Kachnycz Jay Lovell
George Kapetan Ed Fendel
Tchéky Karyo George Melies
David Kaufman Dave Gibson
Daniel Hugh Kelly Eugene Cernan, Astronaut
William Larson Seymour Rosen
Michael Laskin Larry Thompson
Mitchell Laurance Mahurin
Dan Lauria James E. Webb, NASA Administrator
Jim Leavy Clifton 'C.C.' Williams, Astronaut
Fredric Lehne Walt Cunningham, Astronaut
Ted Levine Alan Shepard, Astronaut
Matthew Lussier Arnold Whitaker
John Carroll Lynch Bob Gilruth, head of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center
Marc Macaulay Karl Heinze
Ann Magnuson Dee O'Hara, nurse
Joshua Malina Tim Messick
Ben Marley Roger Chaffee, Astronaut
Phillip Martinez John Coursen
Andrew Masset Dr. William House
DeLane Matthews Pat McDivitt
Deborah May Ann Hedges
Paul McCrane Pete Conrad, Astronaut
Doug McKeon Joe Allen
John Mese Donn Eisele, Astronaut
Jay Mohr Brett Hutchins, reporter (fictional character)
Elizabeth Morehead Tracy Cernan
John Mountford Christopher Conrad
Kieran Mulroney Russell 'Rusty' Schweickart, Astronaut
Geoffrey Nauffts Ed Gibson
George Newbern Stu Roosa, Astronaut
Tom Nowicki David Bell
Deirdre O'Connell Barbara Young
Robin O'Dell Gaye Alford
Conor O'Farrell James McDivitt, Astronaut
Holmes Osborne George Low, NASA Deputy Administrator
Kim Ostrenko Louise Shepard
Elizabeth Perkins Marilyn Lovell
Ethan Phillips Stanley Craig
Kevin Pollak Joe Shea, Apollo Program Manager
John Posey John W. Young, Astronaut
Robby Preddy Phyllis Storms
Steve Purnick Clyde Teague
Michael Raynor Al Worden, Astronaut
James Rebhorn Harrison Storms, VP North American Aviation
Ruth Reid Betty Grissom
Brett Rice Sam Langfitt
Mark Rolston Gus Grissom, Astronaut
Stephen Root Chris Kraft, Flight Director
John Rothman Warren Moburg
Andrew Rubin Jules Bergman, ABC Science Editor
Alan Ruck Tom Dolan
Debra Jo Rupp Marilyn See
Mikki Scanlon Pat Collins
Diana Scarwid Joan Aldrin
Peter Scolari Pete Conrad, Astronaut
Nick Searcy Donald 'Deke' Slayton, Astronaut
Grant Shaud Bob Carbee
Brian Shields Fred Borman
John Slattery Walter Mondale, U.S. Senator
Brandon Smith John Healey
Lane Smith Emmett Seaborn, TV reporter (fictional character)
Joe Spano George Mueller, NASA Deputy Administrator
Cynthia Stevenson Jane Conrad
Arthur Taxier Robert Van Dolah
Lesa Thurman Joan Roosa
Isa Totah Farouk El-Baz, Geologist
John Travis John Aaron
Robert C. Treveiler Gordon Cooper, Astronaut
Kristian Truelsen Kurt Debus
Tom Verica Dick Gordon, Astronaut
Rick Warner Julian Bowman
Russell Warner John Rigsby
Norbert Weisser Wernher von Braun
Gareth Williams James Irwin, Astronaut
JoBeth Williams Marge Slayton
Rita Wilson Susan Borman
Ashleigh Ann Wood Alice Shepard
Max Wright Guenter Wendt
Steve Zahn Elliott See, Astronaut
Steve Zurk George Hage
Winona Ryder Susan Borman's party guest (Episode 11) (uncredited)

A number of actors who appeared in the movies Apollo 13 (Tom Hanks, Chris Ellis, Brett Cullen, Clint Howard) and The Right Stuff (David Clennon) appear in this series, but as different characters. Some of the NASA flight controllers are played by actors who played similar roles in the film, but because of the large cast of characters this can lead to some confusion in terms of who is who.

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