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


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 <>

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Release Date:

11 December 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Space Travelers  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$4,350,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


There is no musical score for this film. Instead, each spacecraft has its own ambient soundtrack when it is shown in space. The Apollo shots feature a low hum; the XRV, a hollow ringing; the Nimbus Weather Satellite, a rapid series of beeps ascending in pitch; and the Russian Voshkhod, a constant pitch series of beeps. The only exceptions to this is are a very slight, muted bit of music played under the Apollo ambient soundtrack during Pruett's final EVA, and a single tone (with some ambient effects that could be called music) during the opening credits. See more »


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 »


Charles Keith: [attempting to contact the Apollo capsule, which has the call-sign "Ironman One"] Ironman, this is Keith. Ironman, this is Keith! Do you read me?
Clayton Stone: [He's disconnected his oxygen hose and transferred it to Buzz. Now breathing only cabin air, which is very thin, he's becoming delirious due to lack of oxygen, and starts to ramble] Purpose... and objective...
Charles Keith: [with more insistence] Ironman One, this is Keith. Do you read!
Clayton Stone: Purpose and objective.
Charles Keith: Ironman, this is Keith. Do you read me?
Clayton Stone: [starts to giggle] ...
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Long original Opener
27 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've always liked this movie, still holds some modern jaded audiences to the edge of their seats. One comment. I saw this at age 10 in a downtown theater in original 70mm print. The curtain opened and the house lights went half dim. I knew what I was looking at on the screen but I suspect I was the only one there who did. I kept yanking on my dad's arm, pointing at the (blank?) screen, yelling "look!" "look!". The original opening was the coolest thing I've EVER seen on screen, a near silent, ultra-slow zoom-out and slow pan to the horizon through a fully extended Baker-Nunn camera that was looking out into nothing but black outer space. Damn amazing. Total, utter, deep space - pure blackness until it got to the horizon. Outstanding. There's about 10 seconds on the DVD, it was more like 10 minutes in the theater. Gave you a real feel for where these guys were about to end up Marooned -in-. The only thing I've ever seen on film that compares - and it's the reverse situation - is the ending of Electraglide in Blue. I'll never forget it. Thank you old time American cinema. These days you'd get commercials for your 9 dollars.

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