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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim Lovell
... Fred Haise
... Jack Swigert
... Ken Mattingly
... Gene Kranz
... Marilyn Lovell
... Barbara Lovell
Emily Ann Lloyd ... Susan Lovell
... Jeffrey Lovell
... Jay Lovell
... Blanch Lovell
... Mary Haise
... Pete Conrad
... Jane Conrad (as Michelle Little)
... Deke Slayton
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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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Rated PG for language and emotional intensity | See all certifications »

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30 June 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience  »

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Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$200,645, 22 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$173,837,933

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$355,237,933
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2.39 : 1
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One of two films where a character played by Ed Harris is in charge of a mission control room that is trying to rescue astronauts in danger - he would play a similar role in Gravity (2013). See more »

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During the mid course correction, the spacecraft is seen franticly steering towards earth as the engines are fired. This is how you would correct the course of an airplane or boat, not a spacecraft. The spacecraft would have been oriented so the thrust of the engines would be approximately 90 degrees from the intended course, and then the correction burn would have commenced. The view of Apollo 13 as you looked towards the earth would be of its side, not its engine. See more »

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[after a dispute has broken out between Haise and Swigert]
Jim Lovell: All right, we're not doing this, gentlemen. We are *not* doing this. We're not going to go bouncing off the walls for ten minutes, 'cause we're just going to end up back here with the same problems! Try to figure out how to stay alive!
William 'Bill' Pogue, CAPCOM: [over communications mic] Aquarius, this is Houston.
Jim Lovell: [shouts] Are we on Vox?
Fred Haise, Sr.: No, we're not on Vox.
[Lovell turns on his mic]
Jim Lovell: [calmly] Yeah, Houston, this is Aquarius.
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Written by Carlos Santana, David Brown, Gregg Rolie, and 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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Made Me Want To Study The Real Apollo 13 Astronauts
17 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

This was a very well-done true story of a space mission that came extremely close to being a disaster, but the astronauts miraculously made it home safely. Except for some language problems, it's good storytelling and so interesting that it made me want to study the real Apollo 13 astronauts.

The movie is fairly long at 140 minutes and there is not much "action" but there is a lot of suspense and first-rating acting, both of which should keep anyone's interest. Knowing this was a true story makes one all the more involved with it. You can usually count of Director Ron Howard putting out an interesting and well-photographed film.

What also was interesting to me, too, was to see these actors, most of whom usually play volatile characters- or did prior to this film - act in such low-key roles. I refer to Ed Harris, Gary Sinise, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon.

By the way, one of the young Lovell children was played by Miko Hughes, who became a co- star in a film - "Mercury Rising" - several years later.

For such a tense story, with these astronauts lives on the line, none of the astronauts or people at NASA or anyone's family members are ever seeing praying throughout this ordeal! You can bet, in real life, a lot of prayers were answered on this mission.

Overall, this is good movie-making and recommended.


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