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Marooned (1969)

Marooned (1969)





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In this tense and suspenseful science fiction thriller, Charles Keith (Gregory Peck) is the ground commander in Houston who monitors the space mission of three astronauts. Buzz (Gene Hackman), Jim (Richard Crenna) and Clayton (James Franciscus) have their lives put in jeopardy when the oxygen supply in the space capsule drops. Ted Dougherty (David Janssen) is sent to try and rescue the doomed astronauts. When it becomes clear there is not enough oxygen, it is suggested that one of the men commit suicide to allow the other two to live. Jim, the unit commander, makes an excuse to spacewalk. Under the guise of making repairs, he cuts himself loose from the life line and drifts away into the cold darkness of space. Russian cosmonauts race against time to try and save their American counterparts. An Oscar-winner for "Best Special Visual Effects," the film also picked up nominations for "Best Cinematography" and "Best Sound." It was later retitled Space Travelers.more
Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Mayo Simon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 18, 2003
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Gregory Peck
as Charles Keith
Richard Crenna
as Jim Pruett
David Janssen
as Ted Dougherty
James Franciscus
as Clayton Stone
Gene Hackman
as Buzz Lloyd
Lee Grant
as Celia Pruett
Nancy Kovack
as Teresa Stone
Mariette Hartley
as Betty Lloyd
Scott Brady
as Public Affairs Offic...
Craig Huebing
as Flight Director
John Carter
as Flight Surgeon
George Gaynes
as Mission Director
Vincent VanLynn
as Cannon, Journalist
Tom Stewart
as Houston Cape-Command...
Frank Marth
as Space Systems Manage...
Duke Hobbie
as Titan Systems Specia...
Dennis Robertson
as Launch Director
George Smith
as Cape Weather Officer
Vincent Van Lynn
as Cannon, Journalist
Walter Brooke
as Radin, Network Comm...
Bill Couch Jr.
as Russian Cosmonaut
Bill Couch
as Russian Cosmonaut
Mary-Linda Rapelye
as Priscilla Keith
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Critic Reviews for Marooned

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

... heavy on the technical details.

Full Review… | January 4, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | January 13, 2007

Audience Reviews for Marooned

Yes, the story sounds interesting and the cast has some very famous people, but by the middle of the movie it gets incredibly boring and predictable, and it's slow too. I didn't like it, but it wasn't all bad either.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


It unfolds slowly, with realistic but often no cinematic purpose. As the last quarter of the film approaches, it regains its cinematic credentials and regains a tense, anxious air.

It truly shines when understood in its timeframe, between the Moon Landing and Apollo 13 incident. It covers the same ground that many later Space Race dramas would cover, and often covers them with better humanity and thoroughness.

An excellent window into this tense stage of space-travel... and if it fails occasionally as a film, it can be excused for what it lets us watch with a sense of authenticity and honesty.

Daniel Hetteix

Super Reviewer


In 1969, this was accepted as science fiction. A year later, the country would be hanging on their seats when a similar thing happened to the astronauts of Apollo 13. The visual effects are very good for their time. Like Stanley Kubrick, John Sturges realizes that the most effective special effects are of the more subtle, artful variety.

Marooned may be slow-paced at times, but it certainly is worth investing in and especially for those who are fans of science fiction who also want an intelligent, well made film

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

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