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“The astronauts of Apollo 13 were, in real life, stuck in one of the scariest and most desperate of situations imaginable: They were out in space, days away from Earth, with their
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NASA's worst nightmare turned into one of the space agency's most heroic moments in 1970, when theApollo 13crew was forced to hobble home in a disabled capsule after an explosion seriously damaged the moon-bound spacecraft. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton play (respectively) astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise in director Ron Howard's intense, painstakingly authentic docudrama. TheApollo 13crew and Houston-based mission controllers race against time and heavy odds to return the damaged spacecraft safely to Earth from a distance of 205,500 miles. Using state-of-the-art special effects and ingenious filmmaking techniques, Howard and his stellar cast and crew build nail-biting tension while maintaining close fidelity to the facts. The result is a fitting tribute to theApollo 13mission and one of the biggest box-office hits of 1995.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: Ron Howard
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
Runtime: 140 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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