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Marooned (1969)

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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Betty Lloyd
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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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11 December 1969 (USA)  »

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Space Travelers  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,350,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the launch of the rescue craft during a hurricane, the Cape Canaveral press corps is portrayed by the reporters themselves, though they are virtually unrecognizable in rain slickers and other gear. (As related by Sue Butler Hannifin then a space reporter at the Cape.) See more »

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The Saturn V service structure disappears and reappears during the launch countdown See more »

Quotes

[Keith is pulled over by the Highway Patrol for speeding]
Charles Keith: Look, I've got to get to a telephone!
Texas DPS officer: Will you shut off your engine please?
Charles Keith: Officer, I'm Charles Keith, head of Manned Space!
Texas DPS officer: I know who you are. You have no brake lights. Your license is expired. You may be able to get to the moon, but mister you're a menace on the highway!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocketship X-M (1990) See more »

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Superb script and cast stand test of time
20 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

TiVo recorded this as a "suggestion" recently, and I realized that I

had never seen the film before. MAROONED was released in the

science fiction film dark age that stretched between 2001 and

STAR WARS, so I wasn't expecting much. In fact, MAROONED is a

gripping film from the beginning. The cast, headed by Gregory

Peck (geez, do we miss positive male authority figures like him!) is

uniformly outstanding. We get to see a young Gene Hackman,

years before his breakout in THE FRENCH CONNECTION, and

career-best performances from David Jansen, Mariette Hartley,

Richard Crenna, and James Franciscus.

The production values are first-rate, and the scenes set in NASA

facilities on the ground are the most realistic ever filmed, better

even than APOLLO 13. NASA apparatchiks sling around enough

acronyms to fill a family-sized box of Alpha Bits, and die-hard fans

of space travel won't be disappointed in the technical detail.

The pan & scan print I saw on Cinemax was superb; it looked

brand new. The sound was pretty much what one would expect in

an average flick from the late 1960s.

I have rated this film as an '8', a grade I rarely give. I would have

ranked it higher but for a draggy ending with cheesy EVA effects. I

still recommend this film highly, even for those with no particular

interest in space travel or science fiction. The dramatic core is

what drives this film, and there is no disappointment there.


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