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Apollo 13 [1995] (1 disc)

Director:Ron Howard
Writer:Al Reinert
William Broyles Jr.
Composer:James Horner
Length:140 minutes
(2 hours 20 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:Drama
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IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:95%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Largely based on Jim Lovell's book "Lost Moon", this is the dramatized true story of the failed mission to the moon that nearly cost the lives of three men.

Reaction: A bit dramatized but mostly true. This is a great movie for those who like to see how people can band together and solve a problem in a crisis.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Ron Howard => Director
Al Reinert => Writer
William Broyles Jr. => Writer
James Horner => Composer
Jim Lovell => Book 'Lost Moon' / Captain of USS Iwo Jima (uncredited)
Bill Paxton => Fred Haise
Bryce Dallas Howard => (unconfirmed)
Chris Ellis => Deke Slayton
Christian Clemenson => Dr. Chuck
Clint Howard => Sy Liebergot - EECOM White
David Andrews => Pete Conrad
Ed Harris => Gene Kranz
Emily Ann Lloyd => Susan Lovell
Gary Sinise => Ken Mattingly
Geoffrey Blake => GUIDO Gold
Jean Speegle Howard => Blanch Lovell
Jules Bergman => Himself - ABC News (archive footage)
Kathleen Quinlan => Marilyn Lovell
Kevin Bacon => Jack Swigert
Larry Williams => Buzz Aldrin
Loren Dean => John Aaron - EECOM Arthur
Marilyn Lovell => Onlooker at Launch Site (uncredited)
Mark Wheeler => Neil Armstrong
Mary Kate Schellhardt => Barbara Lovell
Max Elliott Slade => Jay Lovell
Max Grodénchik => FIDO Gold
Miko Hughes => Jeffrey Lovell
Neil Armstrong => Himself (archive footage)
Pope Paul VI => Himself (archive footage)
Rance Howard => Reverend
Roger Corman => Congressman
Steve Bernie => Virgil Grissom
Tom Hanks => Jim Lovell
Tracy Reiner => Mary Haise
Walter Cronkite => Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)
Xander Berkeley => Henry Hurt

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Ron Howard claims that, after seeing the film, Buzz Aldrin asked him if NASA could use the footage of the launch from the movie.
  • John Travolta turned down the part of Jim Lovell.
  • Ron Howard's favorite film of his own.
  • Brad Pitt turned down an offer to star in this film and chose, instead, to star in Se7en.
  • Marilyn Lovell really did lose her ring down the drain but eventually found it again.
  • Tom Hanks is too tall at 6'1" to be an astronaut. The maximum height for an astronaut is 6'0".
  • Gene Kranz (Ed Harris) gives a list of instructions to his team at Mission Control and finishes by saying, "Failure is not an option!" [?] Gene Kranz did not actually say this during the Apollo 13 mission, but he liked the line. He would later use it as the title of his 2000 autobiography.
  • After the premiere of the film, Ron Howard asked the audience members to write reviews of the film. While most of the reviews were positive, one review stated that there was no way the crew would have survived the mission. Apparently, the person who wrote it did not know the film is based on a true story.
  • The role of [?] Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) was first offered to John Cusack but was turned down. Charlie Sheen was also considered for the role.
  • In some scenes where the Earth can be seen from the windows of Apollo 13, it is one of the photos taken by Jim Lovell and [?] Bill Anders on the Apollo 8 mission.