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Marooned (1969)

Three American astronauts are stranded in space when their retros won't fire. Can they be rescued before their oxygen runs out?

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charles Keith
... Jim Pruett
... Ted Dougherty
... Clayton Stone
... Buzz Lloyd
... Celia Pruett
... Teresa Stone
... Betty Lloyd
... Public Affairs Officer
... Air Force Systems Director
Craig Huebing ... Flight Director
John Carter ... Flight Surgeon
Vincent Van Lynn ... Aerospace Journalist
... Mission Director
Tom Stewart ... Houston Cap Com
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Storyline

After spending several months in an orbiting lab, three astronauts prepare to return to earth only to find their rockets wont fire. After initially thinking they might have to abandon them in orbit, NASA decides to launch a daring rescue. Their plans are complicated by a hurricane headed towards the launch site and a shrinking air supply in the astronauts capsule. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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11 December 1969 (USA)  »

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Space Travelers  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,350,000
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2.35 : 1
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Commander Pruett suggests shutting down two of the fuel cells to save electricity, saying that they can start them up again later. However the fuel cells do not use electricity - they produce it. They work by combining oxygen and hydrogen to produce electricity, and a little water. This is the reverse of electrolysis of water to produce oxygen and hydrogen. However shutting down the fuel cells is done by closing the reactant valves, and this is a one-way action as the valves cannot be re-opened except by technicians on the ground accessing the equipment. See more »

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[Keith is pulled over by the Highway Patrol for speeding]
Charles Keith: Look, I've got to get to a telephone!
Texas DPS officer: Will you shut off your engine please?
Charles Keith: Officer, I'm Charles Keith, head of Manned Space!
Texas DPS officer: I know who you are. You have no brake lights. Your license is expired. You may be able to get to the moon, but mister you're a menace on the highway!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocketship X-M (1990) See more »

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I've always liked this movie, still holds some modern jaded audiences to the edge of their seats. One comment. I saw this at age 10 in a downtown theater in original 70mm print. The curtain opened and the house lights went half dim. I knew what I was looking at on the screen but I suspect I was the only one there who did. I kept yanking on my dad's arm, pointing at the (blank?) screen, yelling "look!" "look!". The original opening was the coolest thing I've EVER seen on screen, a near silent, ultra-slow zoom-out and slow pan to the horizon through a fully extended Baker-Nunn camera that was looking out into nothing but black outer space. Damn amazing. Total, utter, deep space - pure blackness until it got to the horizon. Outstanding. There's about 10 seconds on the DVD, it was more like 10 minutes in the theater. Gave you a real feel for where these guys were about to end up Marooned -in-. The only thing I've ever seen on film that compares - and it's the reverse situation - is the ending of Electraglide in Blue. I'll never forget it. Thank you old time American cinema. These days you'd get commercials for your 9 dollars.


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