Marooned (1969)

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Three American astronauts are stranded in space when their retros won't fire. Can they be rescued before their oxygen runs out?




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  • Gregory Peck in Marooned (1969)
  • Gene Hackman and James Franciscus in Marooned (1969)
  • Gene Hackman and James Franciscus in Marooned (1969)

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30 June 2004 | ubercommando
Franciscus steals the film from Hackman, Peck and Jansen!
OK, the film is plodding and the over caution and dourness of Gregory Peck's Dr. Keith gets irritating, but James Franciscus, stalwart of many a tv movie and dodgy international co-production, puts in a career best performance as the scientist-astronaut struggling to keep a grip on not only his faculties, but those of his fellow astronauts. Because he can work out scientifically what's going to happen, Clayton Stone (Franciscus) has the added burden. The scenes where he's trying to convince his wife back on Earth that they're going to make it, when the evidence is telling him in his mind of the opposite, the way he struggles with trying to convey how he feels when he's more a cerebral person and the end when its down to him to rescue himself and Buzz Lloyd (Hackman) are all excellently portrayed. It's a shame that he was seldom given another role that would have as much depth.

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In the film, the astronauts are seen using what appears to be the early concept of the Manned Maneuvering Unit - during the real-life Skylab missions, the Astronaut Maneuvering Unit (the AMU) was tested inside the space station and never tested in the vacuum of space. The first use of the MMU was during STS-41-B (the fourth flight of the Challenger) on February 7, 1984.


Teresa Stone: I also like to know what's happening.
Betty Lloyd: Teresa, Celia and I have been in this business 10 years and we learned that the best thing is for us girls to keep our feelings to ourselves and let the men get on with their jobs. Right, Celia?
Celia Pruett: Wrong, Betty. Its ...


When being advised about making a second attempt at re-entry, spacecraft commander Pruett says that they will do this by firing the RCS - the Reaction Control System. This refers to the 4 sets of thrusters (quads) fitted to the Service Module. He presumably suggests this as the engine from the SPS - the Service Propulsion System - had failed to ignite as planned on the first attempt. However the SPS engine has a thrust of 91 kN, and each of the RCS engines only has a thrust of 100 N. Even with an engine from each of the 4 quads firing together, their combined thrust would only be 400 N, less that 1/200 that of the SPS, and completely inadequate to bring the Apollo Command Module down.

Alternate Versions

The version titled "Space Travelers" is the one spoofed by Mystery Science Theater 3000. In this version, the scene where Celia Pruett learns of her husband's death is accompanied by a truly AWFUL electronic score (it sounds literally like random keys played on a toy synthesizer, something MST3K made note of). The original version has no music during this scene (and almost no other music; a muted, very low-key score can be heard when Pruett leaves the ship to "fix" it).


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Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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