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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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Adventure | Drama

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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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Budget:

$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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2.35 : 1
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The movie's line "Houston, we have a problem." was voted as the #50 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, where the Apollo 1 crew is walking across the swing arm, the Service Module is incorrectly shown as a Block II Service Module (grey w/ white areas); Apollo 1, Serial Number 012, was a Block I Spacecraft--its Service Module was all-white, like the toy spacecraft Jim Lovell shows his son later in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Jeffrey Lovell: Dad, did you know the astronauts in the fire?
Jim Lovell: [pause] Yeah, I knew them. Knew all of them.
Jeffrey Lovell: Could that happen again?
Jim Lovell: Well, I'll tell you something about that fire, a lot of things went wrong. The door, called the hatch? They couldn't get it open when they needed to get out, that was one thing. Well, a lot of things went wrong.
Jeffrey Lovell: Did they fix it?
Jim Lovell: Oh, absolutely, they fixed it. It's not a problem anymore.
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Night Train
Written by Jimmy Forrest, Lewis Simpkins (as Lewis C. Simpkins), and Oscar Washington
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Polydor Records
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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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