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.
Ron Howard's wife plays an onlooker at the launch site.
Just a little while longer Freddo. Just a little while longer, we're gonna hit that water in the South Pacific. Open up that hatch. It's 80 degrees out there.
Fred Haise, Sr.: 80 degrees.
When Jim Lovell comes home to tell his wife that he will be on Apollo 13, he mentions that Alan Shepard's ear infection has flared up. In actuality, Alan Shepard did have an inner ear problem that was diagnosed as Menieres Disease, but this was surgically corrected, and he was returned to flight status after five years. The reason Shepard and his crew were not on Apollo 13 was because NASA wanted to give him more time in the simulator. This was the only time that NASA vetoed Deke Slayton's astronaut recommendation.
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