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
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Air Force Systems Director
Craig Huebing ...
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John Carter ...
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Vincent Van Lynn ...
Aerospace Journalist
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Tom Stewart ...
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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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Space Travelers  »

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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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Trivia

Frank Capra began work on the film. Inspired by his work on the Martin-Marietta Corp.-commissioned faux documentary, "Rendezvous in Space" for the 1964 World's Fair in New York, Capra (a chemical engineer by education) worked to make the picture for Columbia, but finally abandoned the project in preproduction in May 1966 when he couldn't bring the budget down to the $3-million required by Columbia worldwide production chief M.J. Frankovich. The eventual budget for the finished film (directed by John Sturges) was $8 million. Capra never made another film. See more »

Goofs

When Ironman One is undocking from the laboratory a maneuvering engine shown firing is one that would propel it towards the lab, not away from it. See more »

Quotes

Ted Dougherty: Listen, all you guys gotta worry about is where you want me to set you down after I make the transfer. Go on, pick your spot. Edwards? Vegas? How about the beach at Malibu?
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Referenced in Wow, It's Cindy (1971) See more »

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For the record...
25 October 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

...Marooned is a good movie.

If you're inclined to consider when it was made, or you're old enough to remember when the idea of manned space exploration was actually exciting, you might even think it's great. The worst thing I can say is that it's certainly not fast-paced: if you're looking for a sci-fi action spectacular, this probably isn't going to be your cup of tea.

The specifics are covered very well in previous users' comments (and in Roger Ebert's ***/**** review), so I won't repeat them here.

There is one thing I'd like to clarify, though, if I may:

Anyone looking at the user ratings and user comments should take into consideration that a (very) abbreviated version of this movie was shown on Mystery Science Theatre 3000 as "Space Travelers." I'm a pretty hardcore MST fan myself, and I agree that it was a funny episode. However, there's a certain type of MSTie that finds it entertaining to visit the IMDb and "vote" (negatively, of course) for the movies featured in their favourite episodes, with a view to knocking them down into the IMDb's "Bottom 100" list. Sometimes this is reasonably well-deserved: honestly, some of the worst (best) movies featured on MST3K would be indefensible in any form. Other times, particularly when the original is cut to pieces (this one lost approximately 1:15 of its 2:15 running time, while "gaining" some lousy incidental music and a shabby new title sequence*), I don't think it's right at all.

If you want to watch an interesting, thought-provoking sci-fi drama, "Marooned" is a good bet. If you want to watch a funny episode of MST3K, "Space Travelers" (#0401) is an equally good bet. You can even watch and enjoy both, as I have. Don't let the strange mix of votes and comments here dissuade you from watching it entirely, though, because that would be a mistake.

(A minor mistake, admittedly, but still -- a mistake.)

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* Credit where it's due: most of this hack job was courtesy of re-distributor Film Ventures International, and not the folks at MST3K. If you come across a non-MST'd version of this movie that runs about 1:30, don't waste your time: I guarantee it'll be neither interesting _or_ funny.


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