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Marooned (1969)

G  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  11 December 1969 (USA)
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Three American astronauts are stranded in space when their retros won't fire. Can they be rescued before their oxygen runs out?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Charles Keith
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Jim Pruett
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Ted Dougherty
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Clayton Stone
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Buzz Lloyd
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Celia Pruett
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Teresa Stone
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Betty Lloyd
Scott Brady ...
Public Affairs Officer
Frank Marth ...
Air Force Systems Director
Craig Huebing ...
Flight Director
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Flight Surgeon
Vincent Van Lynn ...
Aerospace Journalist
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Mission Director
Tom Stewart ...
Houston Cap Com
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Storyline

After spending several months in an orbiting lab, three astronauts prepare to return to earth only to find their rockets wont fire. After initially thinking they might have to abandon them in orbit, NASA decides to launch a daring rescue. Their plans are complicated by a Hurricane headed towards the launch site and a shrinking air supply in the astronauts capsule. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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Three marooned astronauts. Only 55 minutes left to rescue them. While the whole world watches and waits... See more »


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11 December 1969 (USA)  »

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Space Travelers  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,350,000 (USA)
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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The space station using a spent Saturn S-IVB stage was based on early proposals during the Apollo Applications Program; at the time of filming, what came to fruition as Skylab was still under development. The only differences between the orbital workshop depicted in the film (which has a rocket motor attached) and the real Skylab was the incorporation of the Apollo Telescope Mount and two docking ports on the docking module, not to mention the absence of a rocket motor. The real Skylab was launched as a 'dry' workshop using a surplus Saturn V #SA-513 (originally earmarked for the canceled Apollo 18 mission). The three-man crew in the film spend 5 months living in space; the longest duration in the real Skylab was 84 days during the final mission, Skylab 4. See more »

Goofs

When Astronaut Lloyd does his "acrobatics" with the rocket pack, the sunlight is clearly hitting his right side. However, when he makes a 360 turn, the sunlight remains on the right side of his suit no matter what position he is in during the turn. See more »

Quotes

Charles Keith: Jim... how do you uh... how do you evaluate... the oxygen situation?
Jim Pruett: Um... Well, we have whatever oxygen's left in the spacecraft system. And, there are only, uh... two bottles of emergency oxygen on board, five minutes each, that's uh... ten man-minutes. Um... my backpack, and uh... Lloyd's and Stone's, but um... there's not much oxygen left in them.
Charles Keith: Well, you'll have to save your backpacks for the EVA transfer
Jim Pruett: Yeah I know that.
[pause]
Jim Pruett: 55 minutes,
[longer pause]
Jim Pruett: we'll be dead by then.
Charles Keith: Well, ...
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Franciscus steals the film from Hackman, Peck and Jansen!
30 June 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

OK, the film is plodding and the over caution and dourness of Gregory Peck's Dr. Keith gets irritating, but James Franciscus, stalwart of many a tv movie and dodgy international co-production, puts in a career best performance as the scientist-astronaut struggling to keep a grip on not only his faculties, but those of his fellow astronauts. Because he can work out scientifically what's going to happen, Clayton Stone (Franciscus) has the added burden. The scenes where he's trying to convince his wife back on Earth that they're going to make it, when the evidence is telling him in his mind of the opposite, the way he struggles with trying to convey how he feels when he's more a cerebral person and the end when its down to him to rescue himself and Buzz Lloyd (Hackman) are all excellently portrayed. It's a shame that he was seldom given another role that would have as much depth.


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