A murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years -- which could shake the foundations of Christianity.
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 America have 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 Navy SH-3H Sea-King "66" helicopter from the rescue scene is not the original rescue aircraft from the Apollo missions as previously stated, as the original "66" had been lost at sea before the film was made. Another Sea King (bureau number 148999) was painted up like the original and used for filming. This helicopter can (as of Dec. 2008) be seen on display at the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, CA. The aircraft was assigned to and flown by crews from HC-85, a Naval Reserve squadron based at NAS North Island in San Diego, CA. HC-85 was one of the last units to fly the Sea King helicopter in the U.S. Navy. See more »
A technician is wearing a Rockwell International logo on his coveralls; the logo was seen as early as 1971. North American Rockwell became Rockwell International only in 1973 when they acquired Collins Radio. The aircraft division of North American Aviation/North American Rockwell was known as North American Aircraft Operations. See more »
[Several technicians dump boxes containing the same equipment and tools that the astronauts have with them onto a table]
We've got to find a way to make this
[square CSM LiOH canister]
fit into the hole for this
[round LEM canister]
... using nothing but that.
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It's difficult to say what makes Apollo 13 such a great film - perhaps it is the idea that it "really happened", and that someone can look at a history book, then at the film, and see an overall reality. Some might say they love it just for the effects; but I believe that it has a great story, and a perfect selection of actors, perfectly cast. Ed Harris excels, as does Tom Hanks - and Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon are each superb in their roles.
The most wonderful thing about this movie is that it encompasses so many parts and peoples, and appeals to so many, that by the last reel you feel that if they don't make it through, you have lost some of your closest friends.
In short: a minor masterpiece.
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