Return to Earth (film)

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Return to Earth
Return to Earth.jpg
VHS coverart
Directed by Jud Taylor
Produced by
Based on Return to Earth
by Buzz Aldrin
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Cinematography Frank Stanley
Edited by Ronald J. Fagan
King-Hitzig Productions
Distributed by ABC television
Release date
  • 14 May 1976 (1976-05-14) (United States)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Return to Earth is a 1976 American biopic TV movie that originally aired on May 14, 1976 on ABC.[1] The film stars Cliff Robertson as astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Shirley Knight as Joan Aldrin. Based upon Aldrin's 1973 book of the same name,[2] the film dramatizes the emotional difficulties of Aldrin's life following his trip to the moon on Apollo 11. The film was directed by Jud Taylor, and Aldrin served as a consultant.[3]


Based upon his own book of his ordeals, the film is story of Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk upon the moon, and the problems he had after the mission and his return to Earth, including the breakup of his marriage, a nervous breakdown and his hospitalization for psychiatric problems.




  1. ^ O'Connor, John (May 14, 1976). "TV Weekend". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Goble, Alan (1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. p. 928. ISBN 9783110951943. 
  3. ^ Davidson, Bill (April 26, 1976). "Fact or Fiction?". New York. 

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