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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?


Ron Howard liked to refer to his stars as "actronauts" on the shoot. See more »


The downward view toward the rocket rising from the pad shows cars in the parking lots. During an actual launch, the pad was completely evacuated and the lots would have been empty. See more »


Ken Mattingly: Here's the order of what I want to do. I want to power up Guidance, E.C.S., Communications, warm up the pyros for the parachutes and the command module thrusters.
John Aaron, EECOM Arthur: The thrusters are gonna put you over budget on amps, Ken.
Ken Mattingly: Well, they've been sitting at two hundred below for four days, John. They've got to be heated.
John Aaron, EECOM Arthur: Fine. Then trade off the parachutes, something.
Ken Mattingly: Well, if the chutes don't open, then what's the point?
John Aaron, EECOM Arthur: Ken, you're telling me what you need. I'm telling you what we have to work with ...
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User Reviews

A brief synopsis of a great film.
20 December 1998 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

It's difficult to say what makes Apollo 13 such a great film - perhaps it is the idea that it "really happened", and that someone can look at a history book, then at the film, and see an overall reality. Some might say they love it just for the effects; but I believe that it has a great story, and a perfect selection of actors, perfectly cast. Ed Harris excels, as does Tom Hanks - and Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon are each superb in their roles.

The most wonderful thing about this movie is that it encompasses so many parts and peoples, and appeals to so many, that by the last reel you feel that if they don't make it through, you have lost some of your closest friends.

In short: a minor masterpiece.

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