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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

Writers:

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Houston, we have a problem. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (IMAX Version)

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Footage of the Saturn V was created specifically for this film; no Saturn V stock footage was used. The Saturn V launch was a combination of traditional miniatures, pyro, and digital effects. See more »

Goofs

During the mid-course correction the LM engine exhaust is shown as bright yellow in color. The lunar module's hypergolic propellants actually produce a nearly transparent flame. Even the bright plumes from other liquid fueled rocket engines operating in an atmosphere will diverge rapidly and become nearly invisible in vacuum. This is seen in the lunar module ascents during the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions, mistakenly cited by conspiracy theorists as "evidence" that the lunar landings were faked. See more »

Quotes

Jeffrey Lovell: Dad... did you know the astronauts in the fire?
Jim Lovell: [pause] Yeah. Yeah, I did. I knew those astronauts in that fire, all of them.
Jeffrey Lovell: Could that happen again?
Jim Lovell: Well, I'll tell you something about that fire, a lot of things went wrong. The door, called the hatch? They couldn't get it open when they needed to get out. that was one thing. Well, a lot of things went wrong.
Jeffrey Lovell: Did they fix it?
Jim Lovell: Oh yes,, absolutely, we fixed it. It's not a problem anymore.
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Soundtracks

Beyond the Sea
(La Mer)
Music by Charles Trenet
French lyrics by Charles Trenet
English lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Atco Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Great Movie
15 January 2005 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

I couldn't take my eyes off the screen, i was simply compelled to watch it until the end. I already knew how it ended so i was surprised it commanded my attention so intensely.

The fact is the characters were all so realistically portrayed and the film was so expertly directed that it was almost as if the Apollo 13 disaster was filmed and that is what i was watching.

Now this film is certainly not to everyone's taste, it is quite slow in the build up and the film relies almost entirely on the script and ability of the cast.

If you like your disaster films loud and in your face then this is probably not for you, but if you like them realistic (slightly dramatised) then watch it and be astounded.

9/10


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