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Apollo 13 (1995)



Critic Consensus: 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
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
Louisa Marie
as Whiz Kid Mom
John Wheeler
as Reporter
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

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (31)

APOLLO 13 is...A-OK. In an era when cinematic heroics seem to be defined by bullets and brawn, it is a pleasure to see a movie in which the good guys triumph by using their brains!!!

January 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Tom Hanks is on his way to becoming the American Everyman, an exemplar of boyish goodwill and quiet moral force.

August 22, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ron Howard's pop-entertainment you-are-there space thriller is easily the most rousing film of the year. And it might make real spaceflight just as nifty as Star Wars for youngsters.

August 22, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Even if you know how it all turned out (and you should), this amazing journey is harrowing and exhilarating.

July 30, 2013 | Full Review…

The film succeeds brilliantly at organizing great gobs of information into powerful drama.

July 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Hanks is a terrific choice for the lead because he can appear strong and military without slipping over into Sgt. Rock corniness.

July 30, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Apollo 13

They got everything right with this one. Ron Howard's masterpiece.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

This is the bast space-themed movie ever. I had no idea of the true-life drama that went on during the space program but director Ron Howard presents it perfectly. Strong performances by Hanks and Sinise. Ed Harris is pich perfect.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

To make a compelling and enthralling film about an event the outcome of which is pretty well known is not exactly easy. It does help, of course, if you can rely on names like Hanks, Sinise, Harris or Bacon. In the end, it only works if everyone involved delivers their best. This is one of those cases. Director Ron Howard knows exactly which buttons to push to get a reaction from the audience. And so we are sitting there, on the edge of our seats, even though we know A13 made it home in one piece against all odds. It's just so incredibly well done from the script, acting, music, camera work to the great Zero G special effects. An outstanding history lesson and perfect entertainment.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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