The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from Earth, the astronauts work furiously with the ground crew to avert tragedy.
|Release Date||:||June 30, 1995|
|Production Company||:||Imagine Entertainment, Universal Pictures|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Ron Howard, Bruce Moriarty, Eva Z. Cabrera|
|Writers||:||William Broyles Jr., Al Reinert, Jeffrey Kluger, Jim Lovell, Ricardo F. Delgado|
|Casts||:||Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan, Mary Kate Schellhardt, Emily Ann Lloyd, Miko Hughes, Max Elliott Slade, Jean Speegle Howard, Tracy Reiner, David Andrews, Michele Little, Chris Ellis, Joe Spano, Xander Berkeley, Roger Corman, Andrew Lipschultz, Mark Wheeler, Endre Hules, Clint Howard, Christian Clemenson, Brett Cullen, Thom Barry, Gabriel Jarret, Jim Lovell|
|Plot Keywords||:||moon, florida, nasa, spaceman, race against time, houston, based on true story, space, rescue, survival, disaster, explosion, astronaut, imax, saturn v rocket, courage, hypothermia, apollo program, cape kennedy, lunar mission, spacecraft accident|
I don't know what the real event was like, because I wasn't even born then, but I guess it must have been really shocking to see how these astronauts were fighting for their lives. The movie really has done a good job on showing how inventive people can be in times of need, and on recreating the emotions that the crew, their families and the people in the flight command center had to go through.
If you ask me, the film really was at its best as soon as the crew was actually taking off in their rocket. Before that the movie was a little bit too slow to my taste and it didn't have that much to say. However, from the moment the problems with Apollo 13 started I was sitting on the edge of my seat. It all felt very real and you just have to empathize with the crew and their family.
Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton,... all did a great job showing us the astronauts, their families and the flight crew on this doomed mission. Their performances made "Apollo 13" one of the better movies of the nineties. I reward it with an 8/10.