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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?

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Mayo Simon (screenplay), Martin Caidin (novel)
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Cast

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 John Carter ... Flight Surgeon
Vincent Van Lynn Vincent Van Lynn ... Aerospace Journalist
George Gaynes ... Mission Director
Tom Stewart 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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Three marooned astronauts. Only 55 minutes left to rescue them. While the whole world watches and waits... See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Space Travelers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,350,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was a major box office flop. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Buzz Lloyd: [after being asked by Stone what he saw when a psychologist held up a blank sheet of paper during his astronaut acceptance boards] I saw a field covered with snow. And underneath was new oats. Then the snow melted and the field turned to green. But the psychologist said I was all wrong, it was just a blank sheet of paper.
Clayton Stone: He took you anyway?
Buzz Lloyd: Yeah, I guess they made a mistake.
Clayton Stone: No, no, they don't make mistakes.
Buzz Lloyd: That's right, I forgot. They don't make mistakes do they?
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Superb script and cast stand test of time
20 October 2002 | by UthmanSee all my reviews

TiVo recorded this as a "suggestion" recently, and I realized that I

had never seen the film before. MAROONED was released in the

science fiction film dark age that stretched between 2001 and

STAR WARS, so I wasn't expecting much. In fact, MAROONED is a

gripping film from the beginning. The cast, headed by Gregory

Peck (geez, do we miss positive male authority figures like him!) is

uniformly outstanding. We get to see a young Gene Hackman,

years before his breakout in THE FRENCH CONNECTION, and

career-best performances from David Jansen, Mariette Hartley,

Richard Crenna, and James Franciscus.

The production values are first-rate, and the scenes set in NASA

facilities on the ground are the most realistic ever filmed, better

even than APOLLO 13. NASA apparatchiks sling around enough

acronyms to fill a family-sized box of Alpha Bits, and die-hard fans

of space travel won't be disappointed in the technical detail.

The pan & scan print I saw on Cinemax was superb; it looked

brand new. The sound was pretty much what one would expect in

an average flick from the late 1960s.

I have rated this film as an '8', a grade I rarely give. I would have

ranked it higher but for a draggy ending with cheesy EVA effects. I

still recommend this film highly, even for those with no particular

interest in space travel or science fiction. The dramatic core is

what drives this film, and there is no disappointment there.


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