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Apollo 13 (1995)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  30 June 1995 (USA)
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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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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


$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$172,071,312 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Ed Harris, Gene Kranz's reaction to the astronauts living, which was sitting in a chair, almost overcome with emotion, was inspired by a documentary interview of Gene, who, while describing his feelings as the astronauts made it back, started to break down. See more »


When Haise is vomiting, some of it lands on the camera. See more »


[Lovell and Haise are trying to get control of the lunar module]
Jim Lovell: We're all out of whack. We try to pitch down but we yaw to the left. Why can't I null this out?
Fred Haise, Sr.: She wasn't designed to fly attached like this. Our center of gravity is the command module.
Jim Lovell: It's like flying with a dead elephant on our back.
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Referenced in Arrested Development: The B. Team (2013) See more »


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Great Movie
2 August 2004 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

My first job as an engineering graduate in 1960 was with NASA. I was fortunate enough to have been a Project Engineer on the Apollo Program, and I am familiar with the technical aspects of the program. But this movie was not as much about the technical aspects of the program as it was about a thrilling, real-life drama that just happened to take place during a glorious time and a once-in-a-lifetime project. Despite all of the little technical errors, Ron Howard and his crew have put together a superb film, one that deserved the 9 Academy Award nominations which it received. I wish that present-day film-makers would concentrate on happy situations, like this one, instead of the constant barrage of drivel to which we, the movie-going public, are made subject. Long live NASA and long live courage!!

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