The Space Movie

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The Space Movie
The Space Movie.jpg
The cover of the 2007 DVD release
Directed byTony Palmer
Produced byRichard Branson
Simon Draper
Written byTony Palmer
Music byMike Oldfield
Edited byGraham Bunn
Distributed byInternational Harmony
Release date
  • 1980 (1980)
  • February 26, 2007 (2007-02-26) (DVD)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States

The Space Movie is a documentary film produced in 1979 by Tony Palmer at the request of NASA, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

The 78 minute film was released theatrically in 1980, on VHS in 1983 and on DVD in 2007. Richard Branson and Simon Draper's Virgin Films produced the film. Ed Bishop provided some narration for the film.[1]


The music for The Space Movie was produced by the English multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield who was then signed to Virgin Records. The film included pieces from Oldfield's released works, including Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn and "Portsmouth".

It also featured excerpts from what was Oldfield's then-new album, Incantations. The film also made use of the orchestral arrangements of Oldfield's first two albums, The Orchestral Tubular Bells and notably The Orchestral Hergest Ridge, which has never been released.[2] The Space Movie soundtrack was also intended to be released as an album.[3]

A short section of The Space Movie featuring Incantations is available as bonus material on the 1993 video collection, Elements – The Best of Mike Oldfield.


  1. ^ "The Space Movie review". Michael DVD. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Not Totally Tubular". Goldmine (Dave Thompson) (hosted at 18 July 1997. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Mike Oldfield videos". Retrieved 15 April 2008.

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