Apollo 13 (movie)

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Apollo 13 is a 1995 film portrayal of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission. The movie was adapted by William Broyles Jr. and Al Reinert from the book Lost Moon by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger. It was directed by Ron Howard.

In 2002, Apollo 13 was re-released, in edited and modified form, as an IMAX film.

In 2005, a 10th anniversary DVD of the film was released, this version included both the Theatrical version, and the IMAX version, along with several extras. [1] (http://www.apollo13dvd.com/)



Technical accuracy

The film is notable for its technical accuracy: principals reported that the film is reasonably faithful to the facts of the mission but adds some tension between the astronauts for dramatic effect. All dialog between ground control and the astronauts was taken verbatim from actual transcripts and recordings. Scenes involving weightlessness were filmed aboard NASA's Vomit Comet which is used to create weightless conditions for short periods by performing a series of parabolic dives, making these scenes the first in a fiction film to feature actual, rather than simulated, weightlessness.

However, the film is also noted for numerous anachronisms, including the use of the NASA's "worm" logo (first used in 1975) and the appearance of The Beatles' Let It Be album a month before it was actually released.


Both Ron Howard's mother and father, Rance and Jean Howard appeared in the film. Jean played Jim Lovell's mother, and Rance played the priest who kept vigil with the family. Ron's brother Clint Howard appeared in the movie as Seymour "Sy" Liebergot in Mission Control.

Jim Lovell also appeared in the movie, as the captain of the recovery carrier USS Iwo Jima. Ron Howard wanted to make him an admiral, the commander of the carrier task force, but Lovell said, "I retired as a captain; a captain I will be." Other space program cameos include Marilyn Lovell and Gene Kranz.

This is one of three Tom Hanks movies (along with Saving Private Ryan and Forrest Gump) where socks play a role in the plot. One of the items required to adapt the square filter into the round receptacle is a sock.

Ron Howard had special screenings for former NASA astronauts. After Buzz Aldrin, then working for NASA's public relations, saw the film he approached Howard and asked him about the footage of the launch. According to Howard, the exchange went:

  • Aldrin: Where'd you get that footage?
  • Howard: We made it ourselves, Buzz.
  • Aldrin. Oh. (Pause) Can we use it?


The film was nominated for numerous Academy Awards and won:

It was also nominated for:

The film was also nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation by the members of the 1996 World Science Fiction Convention.

External links

sv:Apollo 13 (film) et:Apollo 13 fr:Apollo 13 (film) ja:アポロ13


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