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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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Ron Howard

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Jim Lovell (book), Jeffrey Kluger (book) | 2 more credits »
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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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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:

$200,645, 22 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$173,837,933

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$355,237,933
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Runtime:

| (IMAX Version)

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

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Gary Sinise, who plays the part of Kenneth Mattingly, shares the same birthday with him: March 17. See more »

Goofs

Twice in the film, Lovell covers the moon with his left thumb. A different person's thumb is used in each as the nail and joint creases are quite different. See more »

Quotes

Blanche Lovell: Are you scared?
Susan Lovell: [nods]
Blanche Lovell: Well don't you worry, honey. If they could get a washing machine to fly, my Jimmy could land it.
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Spirit In The Sky
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20 June 2009 | by tml_pohlak_13See all my reviews

Many would argue that, because it is based on true events, history ruins the ending of Apollo 13, and thus, its thriller aspect is worthless. I will confess to ignorance here: I knew next to nothing about the real-life mission, and thus, I was able to really enjoy the movie's thriller aspect.

The first half hour of Apollo 13 basically introduces the main characters. Its slow pace actually helps it in the long run; it plods along and finds its own, comfortable pace. Some mightn't like this, but I did. As soon as a little complication is introduced involving Gary Sinise's character, the movie skyrockets forward and doesn't stop. Characters that we've gotten to know and care for are then involved in one scary series of events, making the film that much more thrilling.

Ron Howard really knows how to direct. The suspense sequences of Apollo 13 work out fantastically. He doesn't add unnecessary material to the film to make it more popular to the masses. There is no "asteroid field" sequence that a superficial teen audience would go crazy over. As a result, the film really feels like it is taking place in outer space. This adds a layer of realism to the (fantastic) special effects, and the film is that much better.

An added bonus is Tom Hanks in the lead role as Jim Lovell. He is one of the few popular actors who really deserve all the praise. Hanks adds a touch of humanity to his role; he doesn't feel like an unerring, invincible protagonist, and he doesn't feel like a "Gary Sue" who will mess up at all the appropriate times. As the ship's crew begins to argue, Hanks joins in the shouting, trying to "break it up". But it isn't his voice that stops the arguing. Hanks makes his character and the danger he is in feel real. That takes real talent.

But Hanks is not the only one who deserves praise. Every single actor in the film, from Gary Sinise to Ed Harris, does a fantastic job. Their characters are not imitations of real-life personages; they are their own. Everyone seems to fit their character perfectly, even Jim Lovell's elderly mother (who is introduced lamenting that her son's broadcast is not on TV).

Arguably, Apollo 13's most pleasant surprise is found in its gentle inclusion of comic relief. It doesn't seem intrusive or inappropriate. The best way to describe it is "gentle". For instance, two world-famous astronauts are introduced to Jim's mother as regular, ordinary young men. It's funny and doesn't seem forced into the plot.

The Verdict: Apollo 13 is a splendid little film, thrilling when it has to be, comic at times, and carried all the way by splendid performances from all the actors. Solid direction and superb visual effects just add to make it the great film it is.

Overall Rating: 10/10


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