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
The second of three films in which Ed Harris plays a character who works in the NASA space program. Harris previously played astronaut John Glenn in The Right Stuff (1983). He later provided the voice of Mission Control in Gravity (2013), where his character is once again trying to rescue astronauts in danger. See more »
During the launch there is a brief shot of the rocket exhaust/flames as Apollo 13 is lifting off. The exhaust/flames are actually receding instead of expanding, as one would expect. See more »
Houston, uh, we... we sure could use the re-entry procedure up here. When can we expect that?
William 'Bill' Pogue, CAPCOM:
Uh, that's coming real soon, Aquarius.
Uh, Houston, we... we... we just can't just throw this together at the last minute. So here's what you're gonna do. You're gonna get the procedure up to us, whatever it is, and we're gonna go over it step by step so that there's no foul-ups. I don't have to tell you we're all a little tired up here. The world's getting awfully big in the window.
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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 »