Apollo 13

Apollo 13

Ron Howard (1995)

PG Certificate


Our Score
In April 1970, astronaut Jim Lovell contacted mission control with the words "Houston, we've had a problem." It was a classic understatement, signalling a huge, complex malfunction to be solved. Lovell and his crew - Jack Swigert and Fred Haise - were bound for the Moon when an oxygen tank exploded in their craft, leaving them potentially stranded in space. It gave Nasa's scientists the most nail-biting countdown of the space age so far and kept Americans - by then blasé about the space programme - glued to their TVs. It is the ultimate rescue story and the movie pays due tribute to the bravery of the astronauts as well as American know-how. Lovell is played by Tom Hanks, whose very ordinariness - blandness, some would say - is the essence of astronaut-man, while Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton as Swigert and Haise offer welcome contrasts, as does the superb Ed Harris as the chain-smoking mission controller. Partially filmed in genuine weightless conditions, Ron Howard's movie is a technical tour de force. It's not as good as The Right Stuff, but it's light years ahead of 1969's Marooned, which, prophetically, offered up a similar story as science fiction but was so very, very dull.


Fact-based drama about the ill-fated 1970 Apollo 13 mission to the moon. Crew leader Jim Lovell is faced with a nightmare when the mission suffers an on-board explosion - leaving the team stranded in space with a dwindling oxygen supply while flight controllers and engineers in Houston try to find a way to bring the crew safely back to Earth. With Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris and Gary Sinise.

Cast & Crew

Jim Lovell Tom Hanks
Fred Haise Bill Paxton
Jack Swigert Kevin Bacon
Ken Mattingly Gary Sinise
Gene Kranz Ed Harris
Marilyn Lovell Kathleen Quinlan
Barbara Lovell Mary Kate Schellhardt
Susan Lovell Emily Ann Lloyd
Jeffrey Lovell Miko Hughes
Jay Lovell Max Elliott Slade
Blanch Lovell Jean Speegle Howard
Mary Haise Tracy Reiner
Pete Conrad David Andrews (2)
Jane Conrad Michelle Little
Deke Slayton Chris Ellis
Nasa director Joe Spano
Henry Hurt Xander Berkeley
Glynn Lunney Marc McClure
John Young Ben Marley
EECOM White Clint Howard
EECOM Arthur Loren Dean
EECOM Gold Tom Wood
RETRO White Googy Gress
RETRO Gold Patrick Mickler
FIDO White Ray McKinnon
Director Ron Howard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: May be edited for language. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray