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Marooned (1969)

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


John Sturges


Mayo Simon (screenplay), Martin Caidin (novel)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Charles Keith
Richard Crenna ... Jim Pruett
David Janssen ... Ted Dougherty
James Franciscus ... Clayton Stone
Gene Hackman ... Buzz Lloyd
Lee Grant ... Celia Pruett
Nancy Kovack ... Teresa Stone
Mariette Hartley ... Betty Lloyd
Scott Brady ... Public Affairs Officer
Frank Marth ... Air Force Systems Director
Craig Huebing Craig Huebing ... Flight Director
John Carter ... Flight Surgeon
Vincent Van Lynn Vincent Van Lynn ... Aerospace Journalist
George Gaynes ... Mission Director
Tom Stewart Tom Stewart ... Houston Cap Com


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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At the launch of the rescue craft during a hurricane, the Cape Canaveral press corps is portrayed by the reporters themselves, though they are virtually unrecognizable in rain slickers and other gear. (As related by Sue Butler Hannifin then a space reporter at the Cape.) See more »


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Alternate Versions

The version titled "Space Travelers" is the one spoofed by Mystery Science Theater 3000. In this version, the scene where Celia Pruett learns of her husband's death is accompanied by a truly AWFUL electronic score (it sounds literally like random keys played on a toy synthesizer, something MST3K made note of). The original version has no music during this scene (and almost no other music; a muted, very low-key score can be heard when Pruett leaves the ship to "fix" it). See more »

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Suspense in theory but lacking on the screen.
1 July 1999 | by yenloSee all my reviews

Another space flick that came out during the height of the space program. Only a tad better then 1968's Countdown and the tad refers to the props. The story it would seem would be filled with plenty of suspense but this ones orbit just decays and falls. Three astronauts played by Richard Crenna, James Franciscus and Gene Hackman who have been in a space station climb aboard their Apollo craft to come home and the engine says no.

Marooned in orbit the ground control crew led by Gregory Peck scratch their heads and try to figure out what to do before the trios air supply runs out. David Jansen wants to rescue them in an untried spacecraft but Peck is reluctant. To make matters worse a hurricane is brewing. The astronaut wives are brought into the picture to help boost the suspense. Will they make it? Who can help them? If you've never seen it it's worth a look. After seeing Apollo 13 however you may laugh at this one. The space travelers on MST3K do.

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Release Date:

11 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Space Travelers See more »


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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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