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Apollo 13 (1995)

Updated: Oct 16, 2022


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.


*Recognition: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris-Gene Kranz), Supporting Actress (Kathleen Quinlan-Marilyn Lovell), Adapted Screenplay, Visual Effects, Original Score, and Best Picture; Won for Best Film Editing and Sound; AFI (2005) #50 Movie Quote - "Houston, we have a problem", AFI (2006) 100 Cheers #12.


What is this movie is about?: Historically placed disaster movie with a great ending.


Best Performance: Ron Howard

Best Secondary Performance: Tom Hanks

Most Charismatic Award: Ed Harris

Best Scene: Three Minutes/Houston, We Have a Problem

Favorite Scene: Three Minutes/Mattingly in the Simulator

Most Indelible Moment: Houston, We Have a Problem/Failure Is Not An Option


Best Line:

Jim Lovell: Houston, we have a problem.


Gene Kranz: We've never lost an American in space, we're sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.


NASA Director: This could be the worst disaster NASA's ever experienced.

Gene Kranz: With all due respect, sir, I believe this is gonna be our finest hour.


Honorable Mention:

Jim Lovell: From now on, we live in a world where man has walked on the moon. And it's not a miracle, we just decided to go.


Congressman: Now Jim, people in my state keep asking why we're continuing to fund this program now that we've beaten the Russians to the moon.

Jim Lovell: Imagine if Christopher Columbus had come back from the New World and no one returned in his footsteps.


Funniest Line:

Marilyn Lovell: Naturally, it's 13. Why 13?

Jim Lovell: It comes after 12, hon.


The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 7.75

Impact/Significance: 8.25

Novelty: 8.5

Classic-ness: 9.5

Rewatchability: 8.75

Audience Score: 8.7

Total: 51.45


Remaining Questions:

  • Why Braveheart over Apollo 13?

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