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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim Lovell
... Fred Haise
... Jack Swigert
... Ken Mattingly
... Gene Kranz
... Marilyn Lovell
... Barbara Lovell
Emily Ann Lloyd ... Susan Lovell
... Jeffrey Lovell
... Jay Lovell
... Blanch Lovell
... Mary Haise
... Pete Conrad
... Jane Conrad (as Michelle Little)
... 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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Houston, we have a problem. See more »


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

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Release Date:

30 June 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

While discussing Ken Mattingly's illness in the NASA Director's office, various prints can be seen hanging on the walls. In one photograph just behind the director's desk, the crew of Apollo 1, with Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee is visible on the wall. A few pictures over, the crew of Gemini 9, featuring Elliot See and Charles Bassett, along with their back-up crew is seen in homage to these five Astronauts who were killed in the line of duty. 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

Ken Mattingly: Here's the order of what I want to do. I want to power up Guidance, E.C.S., Communications, warm up the pyros for the parachutes and the command module thrusters.
John Aaron, EECOM Arthur: The thrusters are gonna put you over budget on amps, Ken.
Ken Mattingly: Well, they've been sitting at two hundred below for four days, John. They've got to be heated.
John Aaron, EECOM Arthur: Fine. Then trade off the parachutes, something.
Ken Mattingly: Well, if the chutes don't open, then what's the point?
John Aaron, EECOM Arthur: Ken, you're telling me what you need. I'm telling you what we have to work with ...
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Referenced in Father Ted: Tentacles of Doom (1996) See more »

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Written by Carlos Santana, David Brown, Gregg Rolie, and Michael Shrieve (as Mike Shrieve)
Jose Chepito Areas (as Jose Areas) and Mike Carabello
Performed by Santana
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A Great Movie
15 January 2005 | by See 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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