Apollo 13

Apollo 13

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Director: Ron Howard

Cast: Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon


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"Houston, we have a problem." Those words were immortalized during the tense days of the Apollo 13 lunar mission crisis in 1970, events recreated in this epic historical drama from Ron Howard. Astronaut Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) leads command module pilot Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) and lunar module driver Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) on what is slated as NASA's thirdSee more details below


"Houston, we have a problem." Those words were immortalized during the tense days of the Apollo 13 lunar mission crisis in 1970, events recreated in this epic historical drama from Ron Howard. Astronaut Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) leads command module pilot Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) and lunar module driver Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) on what is slated as NASA's third lunar landing mission. All goes smoothly until the craft is halfway through its mission, when an exploding oxygen tank threatens the crew's oxygen and power supplies. As the courageous astronauts face the dilemma of either suffocating or freezing to death, Mattingly and Mission Control leader Gene Kranz (Ed Harris) struggle to find a way to bring the crew back home, all the while knowing that the spacemen face probable death once the battered ship reenters the Earth's atmosphere. The film received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic critical response and a Best Picture nomination, but lost that Oscar to another (very different) historical epic, Mel Gibson's Braveheart. In 2002, the movie was released in IMAX theaters as Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience, with a pared-down running time of 116 minutes in order to meet the technical requirements of the large-screen format.

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You can look up the result in any encyclopedia: all three astronauts made it home alive. But from the moment Jim Lovell (played by Tom Hanks) utters those fateful words -- "Houston, we have a problem" -- until the astronauts are safe on the deck of the USS Iwo Jima, you'll be on the edge of your seat in genuine suspense, hoping that somehow the seemingly inevitable catastrophe will be averted. Though a certain license has been taken with the truth (Ken Mattingly, for example, was not the one who devised the "power-up" procedure), Apollo 13 is largely faithful to actual events and sets a new high-water mark for putting real-life drama on the big screen. Director Ron Howard mixes the action in orbit with scenes back at NASA, detailing the frenzy and triumph that occurred on the ground as well as far above it. The acting is solid, the special effects spectacular, and the period and technical details recreated with single-minded accuracy. In fact, no documentary footage was used at all; every shot, effect, and model was new. Howard went to astounding lengths in his quest for realism. To achieve actual zero-gravity, for example, the cast and crew flew more than 500 parabolic flights in NASA's KC-135 airplane; each flight earned them only 23 seconds of weightlessness. The beauty of Apollo 13 is that it actually fulfills the cliché of "bringing history alive." For the millions of Americans who will never experience the national obsession of the Space Race, who will never understand how the country's pride could hinge on a few scared men in a jury-rigged tin can, or who will never list astronauts among their childhood heroes, Apollo 13 offers the unique opportunity to understand that glint in their parents' eyes.

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Universal Studios
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Lost Moon: The Triumph Of Apollo 13 - The Making of Apollo 13; ; Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond ; A Recap of half a century in space; ; Lucky 13: The Astronauts' Story ; Recounting the events of the mission; ; Feature Commentaries with Director Ron Howard and Jim and Marilyn Lovell; ; D-Box Motion Enabled

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Jim Lovell
Bill Paxton Fred Haise
Kevin Bacon Jack Swigert
Gary Sinise Ken Mattingly
Ed Harris Gene Kranz
Kathleen Quinlan Marilyn Lovell
Mary Kate Schellhardt Barbara Lovell
Emily Ann Lloyd Susan Lovell
Miko Hughes Jeffrey Lovell
Max Elliott Slade Jay Lovell
Jean Speegle Howard Blanch Lovell
Tracy Reiner Mary Haise
David Andrews Pete Conrad
Chris Ellis Deke Slayton
Joe Spano NASA Director
Marc McClure Glynn Lunney
Ben Marley John Young
Clint Howard EECOM White
Loren Dean EECOM Arthur
Tom Wood EECOM Gold
Googy Gress RETRO White
Ray McKinnon FIDO White
Max Grodenchik FIDO Gold
Christian Clemenson Dr. Chuck
Brett Cullen CAPCOM 1
Ned Vaughn CAPCOM 2
Andy Milder GUIDO White
Geoffrey Blake GUIDO Gold
Wayne Duvall LEM Controller White
Joseph Culp TELMU Gold
John Short INCO White
Ben Bode INCO Gold
Todd Louiso FAO White
Christopher John Fields Booster White
Kenneth White Grumman Rep
Andrew Lipschultz Launch Director
Mark Wheeler Neil Armstrong
Karen Martin Tracey
Brian Markinson Pad Rat
Austin O'Brien Whiz Kid
Louisa Marie Whiz Kid Mom
Arthur Senzy SIM Tech
Carl Gabriel Yorke SIM Tech
Ryan Holihan SIM Tech
Rance Howard Reverend
J.J. Chaback Neighbor
Todd Hallowell Noisy Civilian
Roger Corman Congressman
Jack Conley Science Reporter
Bruce Wright Anchor
Reed Rudy Roger Chaffee
John Dullaghan Reporter
John Wheeler Reporter
Paul Mantee Reporter
Julie Donatt Reporter
Frank Cavestani Reporter
John M. Mathews Reporter
Michelle Little Jane Conrad
Xander Berkeley Henry Hurt
James Ritz Ted
Larry B. Williams Buzz Aldrin
Thom Barry Orderly
Steve Ruge Edward White
Herbert Jefferson Reporter
Annie Lennox Singer

Technical Credits
Ron Howard Director
David J. Bomba Art Director
Michael Bostick Associate Producer
Merideth Boswell Set Decoration/Design
William Broyles Screenwriter
Michael Corenblith Production Designer
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
Brian Grazer Producer
Todd Hallowell Executive Producer
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Daniel Hanley Editor
Michael Hill Editor
Mike Hill Editor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Joseph Hodges Set Decoration/Design
James Horner Score Composer
Jane Jenkins Casting
Bruce A. Miller Art Director
Aldric La'Auli Porter Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Al Reinert Screenwriter
Lori Rowbotham Set Decoration/Design
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Dan Striepeke Makeup
Louisa Velis Associate Producer

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