Apollo 13 Poster

Release Date: June 30th, 1995

DVD Release Date: February 24th, 1998

PG|2 hr 20 min

Plot Summary
This Hollywood drama is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth's orbit. However, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts' survival and their safe return to Earth.

Cast: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan, David Andrews, Xander Berkeley

Director: Ron Howard

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It's a nail-biter and knuckle whitener of the first rank: a super real life techno thriller that reduces the fantasies of Tom Clancy and his clones to ground zero.

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

  • Howard lays off the manipulation to tell the true story of the near-fatal 1970 Apollo 13 mission in painstaking and lively detail. It's easily Howard's best film. show more

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