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In recreating the troubled space mission, Apollo 13 pulls no punches: it's a masterfully told drama from director Ron Howard, bolstered by an ensemble of solid performances. Read critic reviews

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This Hollywood drama is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth's orbit. However, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts' survival and their safe return to Earth.

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Tom Hanks
Jim Lovell
Bill Paxton
Fred Haise
Kevin Bacon
Jack Swigert
Gary Sinise
Ken Mattingly
Ed Harris
Gene Kranz
Kathleen Quinlan
Marilyn Lovell
David Andrews
Pete Conrad
Brett Cullen
William 'Bill' Pogue, CAPCOM
Jim Lovell
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Jeffrey Kluger
Writer (Book)
Al Reinert
Screenwriter
Michael Bostick
Associate Producer
Todd Hallowell
Executive Producer
Aldric La'Auli Porter
Associate Producer
Louisa Velis
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  • Aug 15, 2017
    Apollo 13 is smart, captivating and a classic from the 90's. Y'know, it never ceases to amaze me how well films age. Whether it's a flashy blockbuster or a low budget drama, ageing is a curse that thousands of films succumb to. Apollo 13 though, still feels fresh when watching it today. Not because it's the depiction of a true event or the talented cast on screen (but that does help!), it's the direction. This was made to showcase the technical prowess and finesse that Ron Howard has in making, what I call, a Hollywood movie. James Horner for musical score, Tom Hanks as lead actor...it has all the ingredients for a 90's classic that Hollywood love to serve up. It works, so no complaints here. Let's talk about Ron Howard, he was superb directing this. His style, ever so consistent, yet always changing. Still shots, tracking shots, POV shots...you name it, he's probably included it. Tom Hanks was charming as always, Kevin Bacon's smile just steals every scene and Bill Paxton's nervous outbursts were relatable. Bringing in Ed Harris as the flight director was a smart move, he oozes confidence and brings in the acting experience to keep us hooked. It's a bittersweet true story, our astronauts venture towards the moon where an unforeseen event occurs that prevents them from landing on the surface. A landmark event, and yet they couldn't achieve it. I honestly had sympathy for our characters, seeing their dreams being crushed within hours. I also appreciated the friction between Jack and the crew, being a newcomer is always difficult and I thought that was presented well. The effects for the most part hold up decently, the rocket launch though...not so well. The background looked like Google Earth or Flight Simulator, could've been handled better even in 1995. It is a safe and familiar structure with not many thrills in store, a disadvantage for any well documented true event with a happy ending. In saying that, I was captivated and enthralled by the science and entranced by the performances. Ron Howard did a damn good job who deserves more recognition.
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  • Jun 22, 2016
    Based on the true events that happened during the Apollo 13 mission as written by Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell (played by Hanks), this is an amazing film. The effects are great and Ron Howard did an excellent job ensuring the film's realism in filming in a lowered gravity setting. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton as the Apollo 13 crew all give flawless performances. Despite knowing what ended up happening in the history books, the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat as one thing after another goes wrong for the crew.
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  • Jun 09, 2014
    We all know what happens buts it's a good emotional ride that's good in places but overlong and dull in most scenes.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2012
    They got everything right with this one. Ron Howard's masterpiece.
    Graham J Super Reviewer

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