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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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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 »


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

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Release Date:

30 June 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience  »

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Box Office

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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Trivia

The helmets were really being locked and oxygen was pumping into those 180-pound airtight spacesuits. See more »

Goofs

(at around 17 mins) As the gear is emptied onto the table to solve the CO2 filter problem, the square shaped filter rolls further away from the man who, in the very next shot, picks it up from right in front of himself and gives the instructions to the others. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Bostick - FIDO White: Looks like Mrs. Kranz pulled out the ol' needle and thread again...
Technician: Last one looked like he bought it off a gypsy.
Jerry Bostick - FIDO White: Well I guess you can't argue with tradition.
Technician: [Gene puts on a flight vest with an Apollo 13 patch on it, everyone begins applauding] Hey Gene, I guess we can go now!
Gene Kranz: Save it for splashdown fellas...
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Purple Haze
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Performed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Courtesy of Are You Experienced? Ltd.
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From the moment the problems started I was sitting on the edge of my seat
12 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I don't know what the real event was like, because I wasn't even born then, but I guess it must have been really shocking to see how these astronauts were fighting for their lives. The movie really has done a good job on showing how inventive people can be in times of need, and on recreating the emotions that the crew, their families and the people in the flight command center had to go through.

If you ask me, the film really was at its best as soon as the crew was actually taking off in their rocket. Before that the movie was a little bit too slow to my taste and it didn't have that much to say. However, from the moment the problems with Apollo 13 started I was sitting on the edge of my seat. It all felt very real and you just have to empathize with the crew and their family.

Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton,... all did a great job showing us the astronauts, their families and the flight crew on this doomed mission. Their performances made "Apollo 13" one of the better movies of the nineties. I reward it with an 8/10.


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