PG | | Adventure, Drama, History
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.
The cast and crew flew between 612 parabolic arcs in NASA's KC-135 airplane (nicknamed the "Vomit Comet"). Each arc produced 20 seconds of weightlessness. All of these flights were completed in 13 days. The actual KC135 used (NASA serial number N930NA) was decommissioned in 1995 after 22 years of service and placed on display (2000) at Ellington Field.
Dad... did you know the astronauts in the fire?
Jim Lovell: Yeah. Yeah, I did. I knew those astronauts in that fire, all of them.
Jeffrey Lovell: Could that happen again?
Jim Lovell: Well, I'll tell you something about that fire, a lot of things went wrong. The door, called the hatch? They ...
The Apollo 1 fire DID NOT initiate with a switch throw, as this movie depicts. During the Accident Investigation, this was a possibility which was dismissed after a thorough investigation.
The film's IMAX 70mm release presented the film open-matte, at an aspect ratio of 1.66:1, meaning there was more picture information visible in the top and bottom of the frame than in normal theaters, during its initial run and on earlier home video releases, before the 10th Anniversary DVD.
$25,353,380 2 July 1995