Apollo 13 – 1995 – English
Film directed in 1995 by Ron Howard, and starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise, Kathleen Quinlan, Loren Dean, Xander Berkeley, Joe Spano, Chris Ellis, Clint Howard, Brett Cullen, Gabriel Jarret, Marc McClure, David Andrews, Kenneth White, Andy Milder, Christopher John Fields, Googy Gress, Walter von Huene, Christian Clemenson, Max Elliot Slade, Miko Hughes, Mary Kate Schellhardt, Emily Ann Lloyd, Jean Speegle Howard, Ned Vaughn, Mark Wheeler, Roger Corman…
Synopsis: Apollo XIII begins its journey to the Moon in April 1970. When it is about to reach its destination, an explosion occurs in space that causes them to lose oxygen and, in addition, changes the course of the spacecraft. The situation of the crew becomes desperate when oxygen begins to run out. Meanwhile, the whole world lives pending the outcome of such an agonizing adventure.
Review: A meticulous but rather ordinary drama that gradually won me over as a minor but entertaining example of that ‘victory in the face of adversity’ typical of military heroism in which John Ford specialized.
My first job as an engineering graduate in 1960 was with NASA. I was fortunate enough to have been a Project Engineer on the Apollo Program, and I am familiar with the technical aspects of the program. But this movie was not as much about the technical aspects of the program as it was about a thrilling, real-life drama that just happened to take place during a glorious time and a once-in-a-lifetime project.
Despite all of the little technical errors, Ron Howard and his crew have put together a superb film, one that deserved the 9 Academy Award nominations which it received. I wish that present-day film-makers would concentrate on happy situations, like this one, instead of the constant barrage of drivel to which we, the movie-going public, are made subject. Long live NASA and long live courage!!