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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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 June 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience  »

Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$172,071,312 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


After the premiere of the film, Ron Howard asked the audience members to write reviews of the film. While most of the reviews were positive, one review stated that there was no way the crew would have survived the mission. Apparently, the person who wrote it did not know the film is based on a true story. See more »


"Houston, we have a problem," is probably the world's most known misquote. After the bang, the conversation was as follows. Jack Swigert: "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here." Jack Lousma: "This is Houston. Say again please." Jim Lovell: "Houston, we've had a problem. We've had a main B bus undervolt." However, this was a deliberate change suggested by Tom Hanks to better convey the sense of urgency in the scene (see trivia). See more »


Jerry Bostick - FIDO White: Looks like Mrs. Kranz pulled out the ol' needle and thread again...
Technician: Last one looked like he bought it off a gypsy.
Jerry Bostick - FIDO White: Well I guess you can't argue with tradition.
Technician: [Gene puts on a flight vest with an Apollo 13 patch on it, everyone begins applauding] Hey Gene, I guess we can go now!
Gene Kranz: Save it for splashdown fellas...
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This is really some movie
11 February 2000 | by (Karlstad, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I can watch this film over and over. Not only because I am so terribly interested in the exploration of space and the historical events that have taken place - but because it's a great film with excellent performances and a truth-telling style. Heck, even Lovell's wife dropping the wedding ring in the shower the day of the launch is true!

Just the fact that this film is true makes it even more enjoyable. It's hard to understand how in the hell one can make it back to Earth and survive with a fatally crippled space-craft. It's even harder to appreciate just how close they actually got to dying out there.

The performances are astounding. Ed Harris is just stupendous as Gene Krantz, and Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Garty Sinise and Bill Paxton (who seems to always get the role as the whiner...) are also great.

As Hanks put it: this story is one of the greatest ever. The question is, how do you get home? That question is as old as humanity itself.

You can tell he put his heart and soul into this one. And the fact that this happened to the American space explorers is hardly noticeable. Good job.

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