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Apollo 13

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Synopsis

Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell (Hanks), Fred Haise (Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Bacon) fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly (Sinise), flight director Gene Kranz (Harris) and a heroic ground crew race against time - and the odds - to bring them home.

Cast

  • Tom Hanks
  • Bill Paxton
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Gary Sinise
  • Ed Harris
  • Kathleen Quinlan
  • Mary Kate Schellhardt
  • Emily Ann Lloyd
  • Miko Hughes
  • Max Elliott Slade

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Ron Howard claims that, after seeing the film, Buzz Aldrin asked him if NASA could use the footage of the launch from the movie.
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Goofs

  • When Kenneth Mattingly goes to bed and takes the phone off the hook, the position of the receiver is different when he is woken up.
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Quotes

    • [watching the Apollo 11 landing on TV]
    • Pete Conrad: Jim, you think it's too late for him to abort?
    • Jim Lovell: No, he still has time to get outta there, he just needs someone to wave him off.
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Metacritic

100

Ron Howard's film of this mission is directed with a single-mindedness and attention to detail that makes it riveting.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
100

It's a nail-biter and knuckle whitener of the first rank: a super real life techno thriller that reduces the fantasies of Tom Clancy and his clones to ground zero.

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune