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Director:
Writers:
Mayo Simon (screenplay)
Martin Caidin (novel)
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Release Date:
11 December 1969 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Three marooned astronauts. Only 55 minutes left to rescue them. While the whole world watches and waits... See more »
Plot:
Three American astronauts are stranded in space when their retros won't fire. Can they be rescued before their oxygen runs out? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great for fans of science fiction; others need not apply See more (60 total) »

Cast

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Gregory Peck ... Charles Keith

Richard Crenna ... Jim Pruett

David Janssen ... Ted Dougherty

James Franciscus ... Clayton Stone

Gene Hackman ... Buzz Lloyd

Lee Grant ... Celia Pruett

Nancy Kovack ... Teresa Stone

Mariette Hartley ... Betty Lloyd
Scott Brady ... Public Affairs Officer
Frank Marth ... Air Force Systems Director
Craig Huebing ... Flight Director

John Carter ... Flight Surgeon
Vincent Van Lynn ... Aerospace Journalist

George Gaynes ... Mission Director
Tom Stewart ... Houston Cap Com
Duke Hobbie ... Air Force Titan Specialist
Walter Brooke ... Network Commentator
Dennis Robertson ... Launch Director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Couch ... Russian Cosmonaut (uncredited)

John Forsythe ... Olympus / President (uncredited)
Mauritz Hugo ... Hardy - Reporter (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Guest in Observation Room (uncredited)

Mary Linda Rapelye ... Priscilla Keith (uncredited)
Bruce Rhodewalt ... Computer Technician (uncredited)

George R. Robertson ... VIP (uncredited)
George Smith ... Cape Weather Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
 
Writing credits
Mayo Simon (screenplay)

Martin Caidin (novel)

Produced by
Frank Capra Jr. .... associate producer
M.J. Frankovich .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Daniel L. Fapp (director of photography) (as Daniel Fapp)
 
Film Editing by
Walter Thompson 
 
Production Design by
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Production Management
William O'Sullivan .... executive production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph E. Black .... second unit director (as Ralph Black)
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director (as Daniel J. McCauley)
Michael Daves .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Mel Swope .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... sound
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special visual effects
Donald C. Glouner .... special visual effects
Robie Robinson .... special visual effects
Terence Saunders .... miniature crew (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bill M. Ryusaki .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
W. Wallace Kelley .... director of photography: second unit
Hal Landaker .... video supervisor
Nelson Tyler .... aerial photographer
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... costumer
 
Other crew
Martin Caidin .... technical advisor
John Franco .... script supervisor
George Smith .... technical advisor
Norman Stuart .... dialogue coach
William Widmayer .... photographic consultant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Space Travelers" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
134 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
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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:
Factual errors: 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:
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, only if you... continue to use oxygen at the present rate...
Jim Pruett:Well, uh, we can't cut down.
[...]
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Great for fans of science fiction; others need not apply, 27 June 2006
Author: philr8 from Baltimore

I found this movie while I was searching through all the new movies on OnDemand. I usually look through the new movies about once a week, searching for some hidden gem I've never heard of. I'm not always successful, but this time I was.

I'm a pretty big sci-fi fan and especially love "speculative fiction;" meaning content about the near future that isn't necessarily out-of-this-world sci-fi. Authors like Philip K Dick and Jonathan Lethem excel in this genre, and I like Marooned fits in it very nicely.

Released in 1969, it obviously takes place at a not-much-later date - the inclusion of SKYLAB, launched in 1973, proves this. The rescue vehicle used also looks like a very crude version of the space shuttle - a futuristic test vehicle that looks grounded in reality enough to escape being campy. A few lines of dialogue also hint that a Mars expedition is something that is considered to be right around the corner.

Most complaints in the comments section refer to the pacing. All i can say is: go read a book. If 90-minute action fests are your barometer for the worth of a film, go elsewhere. There are no exploding fireballs or meteors ripping through space stations with stereotypical crazy Russians here. Instead, you get a fully realized and believable view into what might happen if some of our astronauts became stranded in space.

Personally, I was invested fully into the film and felt sad when the movie ended, the same way I feel when I finish a good book. The pacing here, if you are interested in the subject matter, is fine. For fans of science fiction, this movie is a must-see. For those of us who actually can sit through a book and enjoy it (and I don't mean "page-turners"), this movie is a great way to spend an afternoon. For everyone else, please avoid. You will only drag this movie's rating further into the mud.

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