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Apollo 13 (1995)

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 The US has 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. See more »


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

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30 June 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience  »

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Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$200,645 (USA) (22 September 2002)

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$173,837,933 (USA)
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

John Cusack was originally offered the role of Fred Haise (played by Bill Paxton), but he turned it down. See more »

Goofs

Each stage of the Saturn V in this film burns as a bright yellow flame. The second and third stages of the Saturn V were fueled with liquid hydrogen, LH2, which would have burned pale blue, like the SSME's on the space shuttle. Only the first stage of the Saturn V burned bright yellow, because the fuel was kerosene. The hydrazine-fueled Service Module and LM burned blue in the film, and this was accurate. See more »

Quotes

Jim Lovell: Uh, Houston, we are ready for the beginning of PTC, and I think once we're in that barbecue roll, Jack and I will eat.
Fred Haise, Sr.: Hey, I'm hungry.
Jim Lovell: Are you sure?
Fred Haise, Sr.: I could eat the ass out of a dead rhinoceros.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Phil Hartman/Gin Blossoms (1996) See more »

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Lemon Tree
Written by Will Holt
Performed by Trini López (as Trini Lopez)
Courtesy of Reprise Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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