"That was the movie that was that kind of trancedent experience that I think everybody's had if you love films, and that was it for me. I was 13 years old, and I went to the Cinerama Dome in Oakland, Calif. to see the film on its first run when it came out in '68. You had to purchase a hard ticket. The tickets weren't on a roll, that was a big thing. I just went on a Saturday with two of my friends. I loved space anyway at the time, so I had seen the book, I had seen the making of the book even prior to the having been able to see the movie. So when I saw this film in which the first word of dialogue wasn't said until 48 minutes into the film, I realized that we're looking at sound and light captured on film in a way that I had never seen before."
   --Tom Hanks, Academy Award winning actor

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