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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 »
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Gut Check 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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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:
Was the impetus behind the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project where American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts docked in space.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The rocket used for the XRV launch switches between a Titan IIIC (with solid rocket boosters on the side) to a regular Titan II (no boosters) from on the pad to lift-off.See more »
Quotes:
Clayton Stone:Jesus, fifty-five minutes... We'll be pretty cold by then.
Buzz Lloyd:Well, one of us's gonna have to go. I mean uh... that's what we're talkin' about, isnt it? One of us goes and the... other two stay. What... what are we gonna do?
Clayton Stone:Alright look. Let's do this scientifically: two big guys throw the little guy out, okay?
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34 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Gut Check, 31 March 2005
Author: inspectors71 from The Man-Cave

John Sturges' Marooned, based on the Martin Caidin novel, tells the story of three Apollo astronauts trapped in orbit when their main engine fails to fire, and the slow, agonizing realization that there's pretty much nothing that can be done for them.

Unless.

It's a slow movie, with Sturges taking his time (or his sweet time if you have no patience for this stuff) to build suspense and tension. Miles of film is expended detailing the boys at Mission Control and Kennedy trying to implement the "unless" I mentioned, a bold rescue mission that will arrive in the last moments of their O2, lifting off into the teeth of a hurricane, no less.

What makes the movie work are the very things that were lampooned so accurately by the boys at Mystery Science Theatre 3000, the terse acronym-filled jargon, the performances by Peck, Janssen, Crenna, Hackman, and Franciscus, and the glaringly non-CGI special effects (that looked great in 1970).

For a space-happy 11 year old, this was the ne plus ultra of movies--and the fact that the boys on the Apollo 13 had recently gotten back alive made Marooned more than a leetle beet unnerving in its topicality.

There's a moment that the movie transcends a clinical yawner, and takes on the mantle of heartbreakingly human drama. When the astronauts' wives are brought in to talk to them on small TV monitors, one after the other, and Nancy Kovack coldly tells the NASA suit "I know why we're here--we're here to say goodbye to them," you feel sucker-punched. It didn't seem real until right then.

Then the wives are warned that their husbands are "degraded," meaning they're tired, cold, and scared beyond description. Richard Crenna and Lee Grant have a touching exchange, the commander and his tough, beautiful, middle-aged wife trying to say everything to each other except goodbye. Kovack struggles with James Franciscus because her husband is the Spock of this mission, clinical and scientific. Yet he angrily assures her that they will make it. You can see him expending every bit of energy to convince her and himself that he's not a dead man orbiting.

Finally, Mariette Hartley tries to comfort Gene Hackman, who is bordering on hysteria and panic. She watches in a gut-wrenching horror as he reacts to her reading a letter the wives have written to the President. He cries and rages something like "I broke the lawn-mower, and I can't fix it and everyone is blaming me for it!" Hartley is hustled away, but she stops in dumb horror as she sees her husband on the big monitor in flight control, screaming "Don't kill me!" as Crenna and Franciscus hold him down to shoot him full of sedatives.

It's the most painful and human moment of the movie. Sturges has kept you on the edge of boredom, then wham, it's somehow all real. The movie goes from intellect to emotion in a matter of a few moments. I didn't appreciate this as an a tweenager, but God how my mouth went dry watching it a few days ago. These poor bastards are already in their titanium-shielded coffin!

The rest of the movie is predictable, but brutal in its denouement. You know that, if the men are to be saved, there's going to be some dues paid. I remember seeing Marooned at the Garland Theatre in Spokane in May, 1970. When those dues were paid, my mom was tearing up.

I thought, typical for a woman.

I was clearing my throat a lot and having trouble focusing on the screen when my family and I watched it over the weekend.

Adulthood has its upside, I guess.

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