Apollo 13


Apollo 13

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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.



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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 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. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

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Bill Paxton
as Fred Haise
Tom Hanks
as Jim Lovell
Kevin Bacon
as Jack Swigert
Gary Sinise
as Ken Mattingly
Ed Harris
as Gene Kranz
Kathleen Quinlan
as Marilyn Lovell
David Andrews
as Pete Conrad
Xander Berkeley
as Henry Hurt
Mary Kate Schellhardt
as Barbara Lovell
Emily Ann Lloyd
as Susan Lovell
Miko Hughes
as Jeffrey Lovell
Jean Speegle Howard
as Blanch Lovell
Tracy Reiner
as Mary Haise
Michelle Little
as Jane Conrad
Chris Ellis
as Deke Slayton
Joe Spano
as NASA Director
Marc McClure
as Glynn Lunney
Ben Marley
as John Young
Clint Howard
as EECOM White
Loren Dean
as EECOM Arthur
Tom Wood
as EECOM Gold
Googy Gress
as RETRO White
Patrick Mickler
as RETRO Gold
Ray McKinnon
as FIDO White
Max Grodénchik
as FIDO Gold
Brett Cullen
Ned Vaughn
Andy Milder
as GUIDO White
Geoffrey Blake
as GUIDO Gold
Wayne Duvall
as LEM Controller White
Jim Meskimen
as TELMU White
Joseph Culp
as TELMU Gold
John Short
as INCO White
Ben Bode
as INCO Gold
Andrew Lipschultz
as Launch Director
Todd Louiso
as FAO White
Gabriel Jarret
as GNC White
Kenneth White
as Grumman Rep
Andrew Lipshultz
as Launch Director
Mark Wheeler
as Neil Armstrong
Larry B. Williams
as Buzz Aldrin
Endre Hules
as Guenter Wendt
Walter von Huene
as Technician
Steve Rankin
as Pad Rat
John Wheeler
as Reporter
Louisa Marie
as Whiz Kid Mom
Paul Mantee
as Reporter
Thom Barry
as Orderly
Julie Donatt
as Reporter
Arthur Senzy
as SIM Tech
Ryan Holihan
as SIM Tech
Rance Howard
as Reverend
Jane Jenkins
as Neighbor
Todd Hallowell
as Noisy Civilian
Matthew Goodall
as Stephen Haise
Taylor Goodall
as Fred Haise Jr.
Steve Ruge
as Edward White
Misty Dickinson
as Margaret Haise
Roger Corman
as Congressman
Lee Anne Matusek
as Loud Reporter
Mark D. Newman
as Loud Reporter
Mark McKeel
as Suit Room Assistant
Jack Conley
as Science Reporter
Jeffrey S. Kluger
as Science Reporter
Ivan Allen
as Anchor
Reed Rudy
as Roger Chaffee
Steve Bernie
as Virgil Grisson
Steven Ruge
as Edward White
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Critic Reviews for Apollo 13

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Audience Reviews for Apollo 13

  • 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.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • 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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