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Apollo 13 (1995)

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NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

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Based on the true story of the ill-fated 13th Apollo mission bound for the moon. Astronauts Lovell, Haise and Swigert were scheduled to fly Apollo 14, but are moved up to 13. It's 1970, and America have already achieved their lunar landing goal, so there's little interest in this "routine" flight.. until that is, things go very wrong, and prospects of a safe return fade. Written by Rob Hartill

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Houston, we have a problem.


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Rated PG for language and emotional intensity | See all certifications »

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30 June 1995 (USA)  »

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Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience  »

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$62,000,000 (estimated)

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$200,645 (USA) (20 September 2002)

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$172,071,312 (USA)
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St. John's Military Academy, the school that Jim Lovell's son attends during the mission, is a real military school located in Delafield, Wisconsin. The scenes in the movie showing the school were not, however, filmed on location. See more »

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Heading back to Earth, an explosion occurs and the alarmed crew request confirmation that it was a "Helium Disc". To save weight, most of the helium to pressurize the descent stage propellants was stored in a cold, supercritical state. The tank was very well insulated, but heat did slowly leak in, so if the descent engine were not used by a certain time (long after the scheduled landing) a burst disc would rupture to protect the tank from excessive pressure. Since Apollo 13 only fired the descent engine for a few short course corrections, the rupture of the disc was fully expected and it did not concern either the crew or Mission Control. However, another and wholly unexpected small explosion - not depicted in the movie - did occur in the descent stage during the return to earth. An apparent momentary short circuit caused one of the descent stage batteries to vent quite forcefully. Because of the serious shortage of battery power this caused considerable concern, but fortunately the battery recovered. See more »

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[Taken off the crew for a viral infection]
Ken Mattingly: Well, I... damn. Medical guys. I had a feeling when they started doing all the blood tests that I... I mean I know it's their asses if I get sick up there but I mean JESUS!
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Referenced in The Simpsons: They Saved Lisa's Brain (1999) See more »

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Blue Moon
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by The Mavericks
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Forget Armageddon and the laughable Pitch Black. Never mind Lost In Space and Mission to Mars. Even the great Men In Black is dismissable here. THIS is a space movie.
30 January 2001 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

Probably one of the most significant things about Apollo 13 is the fact that it managed to be such a strikingly realistic film despite the abundance of well-known Hollywood actors. Tom Hanks, of course, can convincingly act any part in the world, and his role in Apollo 13 is no exception. All of the actors involved seemed to have been given parts that they were born to play, because they were so successful in the roles. The true events of the historic Apollo 13 mission are amazingly re-created here, and the results are spectacular.

Not only is this film wonderfully acted, it also presents a nearly flawless portrayal of the time period, even down to the slide rulers that were used to do calculations. The audience is literally taken back in time to the 1960's, and all of these universally exciting events are brought back to life, and this is one of the things that makes this movie so special. So many films try to do this, and the vast majority of them fail miserably, so it just feels so good to occasionally see it done right.

Another thing that was used in the perfect amount in Apollo 13 was the special effects. I am entirely against excessive special effects, because if they aren't justified in being in the film, they can sometimes ruin the film by themselves (remember The Perfect Storm?). The special effects in Apollo 13, however, served the film very well. Of course, the most significant special effect in the film, aside from the space scenes, was the zero gravity, which was done flawlessly. I'm just glad that they decided to go up in one of those Zero-G planes for these scenes, rather than have the actors drift lazily around and act as if they are in zero gravity, because that would have taken a lot away from the film.

Apollo 13 has an excellent story made even better by the fact that it is true, it has great acting, skillful direction, and plenty of tasteful humor. It is not only a highly entertaining film, but is also educational, which should please parents (as if they need any more pleasing than seeing their younger years brought back to life on the silver screen). Definite must-see, Apollo 13 is a contemporary classic.


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