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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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
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Air Force Systems Director
Craig Huebing ...
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John Carter ...
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Vincent Van Lynn ...
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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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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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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,350,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Was the impetus behind the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project where American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts docked in space. See more »

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The stripe on Dougherty's helmet momentarily disappears while he is flying the XRV-1 See more »

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[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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Got The Future Right
9 April 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Astronauts Richard Crenna, Gene Hackman, and James Franciscus are on a several month mission in outer space. It's scheduled for seven months, but NASA Director Gregory Peck decides to bring them home early as they are showing signs of fatigue.

But something goes terribly wrong with the reentry rockets and the guys are stranded up there in space with about a 42 hour supply of oxygen. It's looking pretty grim because we're not sure that a rescue mission is feasible. Chief astronaut David Janssen and Gregory Peck lock horns on this issue at a staff meeting. Add to that a hurricane is developing in Caribbean that will be passing over Florida and Cape Kennedy.

But they try and Marooned is about that attempt. As a film it doesn't get too much into character development except during a sequence when the astronaut wives, Lee Grant, Nancy Kovack, and Mariette Hartley are brought in to boost morale all around. It does concentrate on the rescue mission and the special effects for which Marooned got an Academy Award in 1969.

I'm not a science buff by any means, but Marooned was projected several years into the future, the long missions that Crenna, Hackman, and Franciscus were on were years away. But Marooned seemed to get the future right.

It's a dated film now, but still exciting and suspenseful.


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