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Marooned
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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:
For the record... 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:
There is no musical score for this film. Instead, each spacecraft has its own ambient soundtrack when it is shown in space. The Apollo shots feature a low hum; the XRV, a hollow ringing; the Nimbus Weather Satellite, a rapid series of beeps ascending in pitch; and the Russian Voshkhod, a constant pitch series of beeps. The only exceptions to this is are a very slight, muted bit of music played under the Apollo ambient soundtrack during Pruett's final EVA, and a single tone (with some ambient effects that could be called music) during the opening credits.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Earth as represented in the on-orbit shots is too small if the spacecraft is supposed to be in Low Earth Orbit (approx 200 miles) as would be expected for an orbital laboratory (and Voskhod) mission. The apparent altitude is more like 1000 miles.See more »
Quotes:
Buzz Lloyd:[after being asked by Stone what he saw when a psychologist held up a blank sheet of paper during his astronaut acceptance boards] I saw a field covered with snow. And underneath was new oats. Then the snow melted and the field turned to green. But the psychologist said I was all wrong, it was just a blank sheet of paper.
Clayton Stone:He took you anyway?
Buzz Lloyd:Yeah, I guess they made a mistake.
Clayton Stone:No, no, they don't make mistakes.
Buzz Lloyd:That's right, I forgot. They don't make mistakes do they?
[the entire crew begins to laugh at the irony]
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46 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
For the record..., 25 October 2004
Author: minimalist from Canada

...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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