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1995 Directed by Ron Howard


Houston, we have a problem.

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.

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  • in space no one can hear you pee

  • Shoutout to Ron Howard for being the only filmmaker to make math look cool.

  • Apollo 13 is a 1995 American space docudrama directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris and Gary Sinise. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert fight a desperate battle to survive whilst stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft. Meanwhile, at NASA's Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly, flight director Gene Kranz and a heroic ground crew race against time to bring them home alive and well.

    "Houston, we have a problem."

    Apollo 13 is a brilliant retelling of the real Apollo 13 drama that captured the attention of the world. Space has always been something that's fascinated me, the last manned mission to land on the moon occurred three decades ...

  • A giant film in cinematic history. This film might not have been the first historical drama, but its critical success cemented the genre as a big-budget money maker on the big screen, which documentaries had been seemingly trying to do since the inception of the film industry. There's really no telling how many more people have seen Niel Armstrong land on the moon in the introduction of this film than have actually pulled the events up on you-tube or elsewhere. Aside from the historic consideration of this film, the acting is fabulous and the story is brilliant, establishing a clear emotional connection to the main players before they even put on their flight suits. Seeing this one as a kid even ...

  • A really solid film.
    Has an extremely intense ending.
    The acting is great.
    The music is perfect.
    And just the rush to get these people get back down to Earth is felt.
    So yeah 8/10 I really enjoyed it. Need to pick up a copy.
    If you haven't seen it give it a watch.
    Also rewatched Spider-Man for the first time in years last night. It was quiet the experience.

  • "It's like trying to drive a toaster through a car wash." ~ Jack Swigert

    At its roots, this fascinating re-creation of the actual 1970 Apollo 13 mission to the moon is a coming-home story that features true heroes, a real life-or-death dilemma, and incredible resourcefulness. It is told by director Ron Howard through the memories of Captain Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), who commanded the ill-fated flight, showing us in considerable detail how NASA had to overcome almost insurmountable technical issues to return the imperiled crew safely to Earth.

    Playing fellow astronauts Fred Haise and Jim Swigert are Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon, with Gary Sinise as back-up pilot Ken Mattingly and Ed Harris as mission control flight chief Gene Kranz.…

  • "I suggest you gentlemen invent a way to put a square peg in a round hole. Rapidly."

  • "Houston we have a problem."
    (Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell)

    Yet another film from "Our Top 111 favorite movies", placed on the definitely well-deserved number 32 and one of Hendriks (the other part of Two Cineasts) favorite movies. Feels like every second movie I watch is based on real events but only a small amount of them I felt so involved. The story around Jim Lovell, who also written the book adaptation, and his crew, are wonderful set in scene by Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon. Their flight to the moon is being tracked down by bad luck. An explosion nearly the ...

  • Ron Howard has made a name for himself as a journeyman director. As a chameleon, he's capable of tackling different genres, but by the end, as a chameleon, he doesn't leave much of a footprint. If I had to actually come with a distinction in each and every of his movie is that his movies always feel “grounded” and in most cases, “Oscar-bait”.

    In the case of this reenactment of the Apollo 13 troubled attempt to land in the moon, the greatness of it all lies heavily on its subject matter, the writing and in some very subtle ways, its performances. And even then, the acting in this movie, while great, its all played very lowkey. Again, the word I ...

  • Tom Hanks-A-Thon: Film # 22

    "There's nothing routine about flying to the moon ... I can vouch for that"

    Tom Hanks reunites with his Splash director Ron Howard for an authentic trip to the moon. It's no secret how passionate Tom is about the Apollo program, and I'm sure he loved having the chance to make this realistic depiction of the fateful 13th mission.

    I forgot how drawn out this movie actually is, but I really appreciated that it wasn't dumbed down or over-dramatized in the hopes of appealing to a larger audience. Instead, what you get is a science based movie that sticks pretty close to the facts and thanks to a fantastic cast is still able to deliver a compelling story.

    Gentlemen ... it's been a privilege flying with you

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  • I cannot stop thinking about the bit where tom hanks peed into space, like, I have so many questions. where does the pee go? does is disappear? does it freeze? does it just float around? where does it end up? does is come back to earth? if so, what happens then? can it get through the atmosphere? is it still a liquid? what if when it rains we're all being showered in tom hanks' piss?

  • Ron Howard's "Apollo 13" is a showcase of polished, professional filmmaking. From its story and casting, to its score and construction, the drama is potent, crowd-pleasing stuff.

    Recounting the story of the famously failed lunar mission that endangered the lives of three astronauts, "Apollo 13" focuses on the technological and human-driven tension at play in the history-based narrative. Organically gripping, the film focuses equally, on the faces of the near-tragedy and the story's space-set nuts and bolts.

    Howard assembles the work in a manner that orchestrates both maximum tautness and down-to-Earth humanity. His cast, featuring Tom Hanks as the film's centerpiece, is ideally placed; and the work flows with era-illustrating richness. James Horner's memorable score punctuates the drama's emotions and adds an Americana-evoking dimension.

    "Apollo 13" is a robust and moving look at an inspiring moment in American history. Crafted with skill and attention to every cinematic detail, the work makes for a powerful and fully appealing experience.

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  • Grade = C +

    NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

    Director = Ron Howard

    Jim Lovell = Tom Hanks
    Fred Haise = Bill Paxton
    Jack Swigert = Kevin Bacon
    Ken Mattingly = Gary Sinise
    Gene Kranz = Ed Harris
    Marilyn Lovell = Kathleen Quinlan

    Oscars = (9) nominations including Best Picture (lost to Braveheart), Supporting Actor (Harris), Supporting Actress (Quinlan) | (2) wins

  • Only seen this once before in 96 or so, and it bored me then.
    Re-watch of the 4k disc, which is a beautiful transfer with an excellent DTS: X audio track, however the film still bores me to death despite the talent involved.
    I have always thought Howard to be an accomplished director, albeit an exceptionally boring and safe filmmaker that makes "dad films".
    I couldn't name a film he directed on the top of my head that's how unremarkable i find his filmography.

    The Missing is the exception to the rule though, but i forgot Howard directed that, and it's a favorite of mine. Go figure.

  • Not nearly as iconic as I thought it would be! Wasn’t one bit invested or emotional.

  • Sure it has some trademark 90s drama touches but I was locked in and engaged from start to finish. Watching people solve problems is never not entertaining.

    This is 100% Elon Musk's idea of ​​BDSM porn.

  • The acting is good.
    It's nice to see Kevin bacon without a massive ee logo above him.

  • I wanted Ed Harris to say cue the sun just once

  • I remember when I was like 13 and I was at the NASA gym and an astronaut (according to my dad) asked me, a 5 '4' 'brown kid, to spot him on benchpress. I felt so gangster lmao.

  • Pretty sure my dad thought this was the coolest movie ever made, considering how many of his Sunday afternoons in the 2000s wound up with him catching this on Turner Classics (or whatever channel was showing it that month). And you know what? My dad wasn't wrong. I sat down wanting to watch a Tom Hanks movie and this fucking delivered.

  • Watched in year 5. Top draw stuff, got nothing on hidden figures, however. 5 stars.

  • Decidí no puntuar las películas que miro cuando estoy al pedo pero si agendar que las ví

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