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Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D

Magnificent Desolation:
Walking on the Moon 3D
Directed by Mark Cowen
Produced by Mark Cowen
Tom Hanks
Gary Goetzman
Mark Herzog
Written by Mark Cowen
Tom Hanks
Christopher G. Cowen
Starring Tom Hanks
Paul Newman
Morgan Freeman
Scott Glenn
Matt Damon
Gary Sinise
Music by Blake Neely
Cinematography Sean MacLeod Phillips
Edited by Billy Shinski
Distributed by IMAX
Release dates
September 23, 2005 (2005-09-23)
Running time
40 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D is a 2005 IMAX 3D documentary film about the first humans on the Moon, the twelve astronauts in the Apollo program.

It is co-written, produced and directed by Mark Cowen, and co-written, produced by and starring Tom Hanks.


  • Production 1
  • Origins of title 2
  • Cast 3
  • Awards 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The film includes historical John Travolta, Paul Newman, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey. Bryan Cranston and Peter Scolari reprised their From the Earth to the Moon roles as Buzz Aldrin and Pete Conrad, respectively; many of the other actors had previously portrayed different people depicted in the film, in From the Earth to the Moon, The Right Stuff, and/or Apollo 13.

Score by James Newton Howard[1] and Blake Neely.[2]

The film was released in IMAX theaters on September 23, 2005. It was released on DVD on November 6, 2007.

Origins of title

The title comes from Buzz Aldrin's description[3] of the lunar landscape:

Aldrin: Beautiful view!
Armstrong: Isn't that something! Magnificent sight out here.
Aldrin: Magnificent desolation.[4]

Dr. Aldrin's statement was substantially predicted nineteen years earlier in the film, Destination Moon, in which Dr. Charles Cargraves, the fictional second man on the moon, states "The first impression is one of utter barrenness and desolation."[5]



On February 16, 2006, Jack Geist, Johnathan Banta, and Jerome Morin received the award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Film from the Visual Effects Society for their work on the film.


  1. ^ James Newton Howard at Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Blake Neely at Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ In George Pal's 1950 film, Destination Moon, the moonwalkers are asked, "Can you give us your first impressions of the moon?". Dr. Cargraves (Warner Anderson) replies, "Well, I'll try. The first impression is one of utter barrenness and desolation." The movie was loosely based on Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein, who also helped write the script. In the book Heinlein describes the moon as "a scene of blistering desert desolation".
  4. ^ Apollo 11 Lunar Surface Journal "One Small Step"
  5. ^ , 1950, at 1:07:24Destination Moon

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