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

Keywords: Rescue, Emotional, Suspenseful, Quest, Engaging, Wife, 1970s

Ratings & Reviews

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

  • 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.

  • With no frills and no commentary, Howard and company have made the kind of absorbing thriller we have in mind when we wistfully sigh, "They don't make movies like they used to." show more

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Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Visual Effects
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995)
Winner Sound
Nominated Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995)
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Film Editing
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Achievement in Special Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995)