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
At the Lovells' Apollo 11 landing party, Pete Conrad jokingly congratulates Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Ken Mattingly for their "heroic" job as the Apollo 11 backup crew. While it's true that Lovell and Haise were indeed the backups for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, respectively, Mattingly was not an "official" member of the Apollo 11 backup crew; the backup Command Module Pilot for the mission was William A. "Bill" Anders. Mattingly did, however, train parallel with Anders for Apollo 11 as backup Command Module Pilot, because Anders was going to retire from NASA in August 1969 (Eagle landed on July 20, 1969). Had the mission been delayed for any reason, Anders would be unavailable and Mattingly would be elevated to primary backup. See more »
The news van for Houston TV station KTRK-TV seen parked outside the Lovell residence - the '13' logo on the van was introduced in 1971 a few years after Capital Cities Communications took ownership until 1986 where CapCities purchased ABC-TV which ushered in the modern-day ABC13 in Houston, TX (KTRK-TV is an ABC owned/operated TV network). The logo was phased out in 1995 prior to the Walt Disney Company purchase of Capital Cities/ABC Television. See more »
[US income tax returns are due in 2 days, but Swigert is 200,000 miles away]
Uh, well, if anyone from the, uh, from the IRS is watching, I... forgot to file my, my, my 1040 return. Um, I meant to do it today, but, uh...
[back at Mission Control]
That's no joke. They'll jump on him!
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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 »
I honestly will recommend anyone to check this film out, it is long but of course you can't rush such an event, make sure you have a good free afternoon or weekend, get some popcorn and enjoy. On technically side this film has aged well, doesn't feel dated .
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