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Apollo 13

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 1995
  • Ron Howard
  • 140 mins
  • PG

Summary

Space drama based on actual events, starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon. 1970: Apollo 13's mission to the Moon is hit by disaster when an oxygen tank explodes in the spacecraft. Following the initial damage report, it seems as if there is little hope of the three-man crew, led by Jim Lovell, making it back to Earth.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Jim LovellTom Hanks
Fred HaiseBill Paxton
Jack SwigertKevin Bacon
Ken MattinglyGary Sinise
Gene KranzEd Harris
Marilyn LovellKathleen Quinlan
Barbara LovellMary Kate Schellhardt
Susan LovellEmily Ann Lloyd
Jeffrey LovellMiko Hughes
Jay LovellMax Elliott Slade
Blanch LovellJean Speegle Howard
Mary HaiseTracy Reiner
Pete ConradDavid Andrews (2)
Jane ConradMichelle Little
Deke SlaytonChris Ellis
Nasa directorJoe Spano
Henry HurtXander Berkeley
Glynn LunneyMarc McClure
John YoungBen Marley
EECOM WhiteClint Howard
EECOM ArthurLoren Dean
EECOM GoldTom Wood
RETRO WhiteGoogy Gress
RETRO GoldPatrick Mickler
FIDO WhiteRay McKinnon

Crew

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DirectorRon Howard

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Released on
1995-09-22
Languages
English
Guidance
May be edited for language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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