A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.
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
The real white vest worn by Mission Controller Gene Krantz during the Apollo 13 Moon shot and rescue mission is displayed in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. However, according the accompanying explanatory information card, its presence in the museum is largely due to the focus on the costume version worn by Ed Harris, as Krantz, in the movie. See more »
The Apollo 13 crew are all shown wearing U.S. Naval Aviator wings on their flight suits. While these wings were correct for Jim Lovell (U.S. Navy) and Fred Haise (U.S. Marine Corps), Jack Swigert actually served in the U.S. Air Force. Further, Fred Haise had transferred from the Marine Corps into the Oklahoma Air National Guard in 1959, so by the time of the Apollo 13 mission, he, like Jack, would have been wearing his Air Force pilot wings. See more »
The film's IMAX 70mm release presented the film open-matte, at an aspect ratio of 1.66:1, meaning there was more picture information visible in the top and bottom of the frame than in normal theaters, during its initial run and on earlier home video releases, before the 10th Anniversary DVD. See more »
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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