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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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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 Rob Hartill

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Houston, we have a problem.


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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$200,645 (USA) (20 September 2002)

Gross:

$192,500 (Czech Republic)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The recovery ship in the film was the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), played by the USS New Orleans (LPH-11). The Iwo Jima was decommissioned before the making of this film. See more »

Goofs

Heading back to Earth, an explosion occurs and the alarmed crew request confirmation that it was a "Helium Disc". To save weight, most of the helium to pressurize the descent stage propellants was stored in a cold, supercritical state. The tank was very well insulated, but heat did slowly leak in, so if the descent engine were not used by a certain time (long after the scheduled landing) a burst disc would rupture to protect the tank from excessive pressure. Since Apollo 13 only fired the descent engine for a few short course corrections, the rupture of the disc was fully expected and it did not concern either the crew or Mission Control. However, another and wholly unexpected small explosion - not depicted in the movie - did occur in the descent stage during the return to earth. An apparent momentary short circuit caused one of the descent stage batteries to vent quite forcefully. Because of the serious shortage of battery power this caused considerable concern, but fortunately the battery recovered. See more »

Quotes

Ken Mattingly: [after another power-up simulation fails] I know this sequence works, John.
John Aaron, EECOM Arthur: The sequence looks good, we're just over budget on the amperage.
Ken Mattingly: By how much?
John Aaron, EECOM Arthur: Three or four amps.
Ken Mattingly: Goddamn it, John! Is it three or four?
John Young: Four.
John Aaron, EECOM Arthur: Four!
Ken Mattingly: [sighs] Four more amps...
[He ponders for a moment]
Ken Mattingly: We know they have some power left in the LEM batteries, right?
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From the moment the problems started I was sitting on the edge of my seat
12 November 2004 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

I don't know what the real event was like, because I wasn't even born then, but I guess it must have been really shocking to see how these astronauts were fighting for their lives. The movie really has done a good job on showing how inventive people can be in times of need, and on recreating the emotions that the crew, their families and the people in the flight command center had to go through.

If you ask me, the film really was at its best as soon as the crew was actually taking off in their rocket. Before that the movie was a little bit too slow to my taste and it didn't have that much to say. However, from the moment the problems with Apollo 13 started I was sitting on the edge of my seat. It all felt very real and you just have to empathize with the crew and their family.

Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton,... all did a great job showing us the astronauts, their families and the flight crew on this doomed mission. Their performances made "Apollo 13" one of the better movies of the nineties. I reward it with an 8/10.


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