Apollo 13

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Universal / Imagine Entertainment Released 1995

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Director:
Ron Howard
Released:
1995
Rating:
PG

Apollo 13 is a critically acclaimed film that takes a dramatic look at a group of American heroes. Set against the backdrop of the actual NASA mission, this fictionalized retelling follows the history-making mission and the men and women who made it happen. Veteran astronaut Jim Love trains with relative newcomers Fred Haise and Ken Mattingly for a mission to the moon. Tensions are high as previous missions had been scrubbed due to various mechanical and electrical issues. Mere days before the launch, Mattingly is declared medically unfit and is replaced by Jack Swigert, increasing the anxiety of the two remaining flight crew members. After launch the fears of the crew are realized when a fire breaks out, forcing the moon landing itself to be aborted. Now the space bound astronauts must work together with the NASA specialists back home to facilitate a safe return to Earth.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Ron Howard's film of this mission is directed with a single-mindedness and attention to detail that makes it riveting.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    It's exceedingly linear structure, while unavoidable, renders it rather methodical and shallow in characterization.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Self-conscious about its heroism with portrayals that lean toward the glib and the professionally uplifting, the film milks our sympathies too readily to be emotionally convincing.

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    • Production Budget - $52,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $173,837,933 (3rd)
      Worldwide Gross - $355,237,933 (3rd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $326,095,985
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $666,377,364

    • Filming locations include:
      Los Angeles, California
      Ellington Field, Texas, USA
      Universal Studios, Universal City, California
      Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
      Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, Florida
      Merritt Island, Florida
      Burbank, California
      San Diego, California
      Santa Catalina Island, Channel Islands, California

    • Tagline:
      Houston, we have a problem.

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1.
      Editing
      2.
      Sound

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1.
      Picture
      2.
      Supporting Actor - Ed Harris (won by Kevin Spacey for The Usual Suspects)
      3.
      Supporting Actress - Kathleen Quinlan (won by Miro Sorvino for Mighty Aphrodite)
      4.
      Adapted Screenplay
      5.
      Art Direction
      6.
      Visual Effects
      7.
      Original Dramatic Score

      ASCAP Awards Wins:
      1. Top Box Office Film

      Saturn Awards Nominations:
      1. Best Action/Adventure Film

      BAFTA Nominations:
      1. Cinematography
      2. Editing
      3. Sound

      BAFTA Wins:
      1. Special Effects
      2. Production Design

      Golden Globes Nominations:
      1. Director - Ron Howard (won by Mel Gibson for Braveheart)
      2. Drama Picture
      3. Supporting Actor - Ed Harris (won by Brad Pitt for Twelve Monkeys)
      4. Supporting Actress - Kathleen Quinlan (won by Mira Sorvino for Mighty Aphrodite)

    • Music:
      Waiting
      Written by Carlos Santana, David Brown, Gregg Rolie, Mike Shrieve, Jose Areas and Mike Carabello
      Performed by Santana
      Night Train
      Written by Jimmy Forrest, Lewis C. Simpkins and Oscar Washington
      Performed by James Brown
      Beyond the Sea
      Written by Charles Trenet and Jack Lawrence
      Performed by Bobby Darin
      Groovin'
      Written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati
      Performed by The Rascals
      Somebody to Love
      Written by Darby Slick
      Performed by Jefferson Airplane
      Magic Carpet Ride
      Written by John Kay and Rushton Oreve
      Performed by Steppenwolf
      Purple Haze
      Written by Jimi Hendricks
      Performed by The Jimi Hendricks Experience
      Lemon Tree
      Written by Will Holt
      Performed by Trini Lopez
      Spirit in the Sky
      Written and performed by Greenbaum
      Blue Moon
      Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
      Performed by The Mavericks
      Honky Tonkin'
      Written and performed byHank Williams

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Historical, Thrillers