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.

Director:

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

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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[US income tax returns are due in 2 days, but Swigert is 200,000 miles away]
Jack Swigert: 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...
Sy Liebergot: [back at Mission Control] That's no joke. They'll jump on him!
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Mater's Tall Tales: Moon Mater (2010) See more »

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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Great film
17 June 2019 | by Clive_WSee all my reviews

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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Country:

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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:

$25,353,380, 2 July 1995

Gross USA:

$173,837,933

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$355,237,933
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DTS-Stereo | DTS | IMAX 6-Track (IMAX version)| Dolby SR | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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