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Apollo 13 (1995)

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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.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Jim Lovell (book), Jeffrey Kluger (book) | 2 more credits »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Jim Lovell
Bill Paxton ... Fred Haise
Kevin Bacon ... Jack Swigert
Gary Sinise ... Ken Mattingly
Ed Harris ... Gene Kranz
Kathleen Quinlan ... Marilyn Lovell
Mary Kate Schellhardt ... Barbara Lovell
Emily Ann Lloyd Emily Ann Lloyd ... Susan Lovell
Miko Hughes ... Jeffrey Lovell
Max Elliott Slade ... Jay Lovell
Jean Speegle Howard ... Blanch Lovell
Tracy Reiner ... Mary Haise
David Andrews ... Pete Conrad
Michele Little ... Jane Conrad (as Michelle Little)
Chris Ellis ... Deke Slayton
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Storyline

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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Failure is not an option. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Gene Kranz gives a list of instructions to his team at Mission Control, and finishes by saying, "Failure is not an option!" Gene Kranz didn't actually say that during the Apollo 13 mission, but he liked the line. It became the title of his 2000 autobiography. See more »

Goofs

In the film, Jim Lovell suggests using the cross hairs on the window of the CM and line it up with the terminator line of the earth as a procedure to navigate without the computer. This appears to be an idea "plucked out of the air" by Lovell, and Houston have to confer in order to see if it would work. In reality this procedure was practiced by Lovell on Apollo 8 in preparation for just such a malfunction of the computer and Houston had full procedural guidelines in place. The actual problem was that the explosion had created a cloud of sunlit debris that made it impossible to align the inertial guidance platform by sighting stars. The sun, earth and moon were not normally used for this because of their large sizes, but the debris cloud made them the only usable visual references. See more »

Quotes

Jack Swigert: [about to turn power back on in the capsule] Ken, there's an awful lot of condensation on these panels. What's the story of them shorting out?
Ken Mattingly: Umm... We'll just have to take that one at a time, Jack.
Jack Swigert: [to himself] Like trying to drive a toaster through a car wash.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Monsters, Inc. (2001) See more »

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Written by Carlos Santana, David Brown, Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve (as Mike Shrieve), Jose Chepito Areas (as Jose Areas), and Mike Carabello
Performed by Santana
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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27 February 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

APOLLO 13 (1995) ***1/2 Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Kathleen Quinlan, Ed Harris, Loren Dean, Clint Howard. Exhilarating and absorbing true life account of the 1970 mishap of the American space program's Apollo 13 that nearly became a tragic catastrophe based on astronaut and team leader Jim Lovell's novel "Lost Moon". Hanks is excellent as Lovell, grace under pressure realized, as is the rest of the fine ensemble and perfect visual effects of space travel and ingenuity. Harris won a nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Mission control's chief. Noteworthy: that's director Ron Howard's real life mother as Lovell's mom and look sharp for Lovell himself at the film's conclusion. Oscar winner for Best Editing and Best Sound.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,353,380, 2 July 1995

Gross USA:

$173,837,933

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$355,237,933
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS | IMAX 6-Track (IMAX version)| Dolby SR | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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