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Apollo 13 (2-Disc Anniversary Edition) (Widescreen)
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Bonus material gives insight into the intricacies of the task of being faithful to the original events, with interviews with the original teams carefully interspersed with Howard's cast footage.
I highly recommend this exceptional film - it is a faithful representation of one of the most harrowing events in the Apollo program.
Jim Lovell (Hanks), Fred Haise (Paxton) and Ken Mattingly (Sinise) were set to make the trip, but Mattingly was replaced by Jack Swigert (Bacon), because it was feared that Mattingly might develop the measles on the trip. Gene Kranz (Harris) was in charge of Mission Control on the ground.
I remember the broadcasts of the Apollo 11 trip, but the American public were not particularly interested in seeing live footage by the time the Apollo 13 mission took place. We see the crew filming each other for TV, but they don't know that the pictures aren't being shown live. That all changed the moment the accident occurred. Instead of being a boring event, lives were suddenly at stake. TV crews scrambled to cover the unfolding events.
Hanks, Harris, Paxton, Sinise and Bacon are at their best in Apollo 13. We see the importance of trusting in the overall ability of the team, both in space and back in Houston. Director Ron Howard does a good job of showing how events aboard the ship affected things on the ground. The accident gave both teams several problems to overcome and it wouldn't have happened if either team had failed to contribute.
It's hard to imagine three men sitting in a confined space holding our attention for over two hours, but that's exactly what happens.Read more ›
And I thought I had my bad days.
Yet the problems mentioned above merely scratch the surface of the true trials and tribulations of APOLLO 13. Director Ron Howard recreates this gripping, compelling story, right down to beehive hairdo's and computers the size of Mt. Rushmore. The drama, the sense of urgency--on the part of the astronauts, and the NASA staff in Houston frantically trying to save them--is so powerful and vivid I felt I was watching the actual event itself. To magically weave the viewer into the story is a crowning achievement for any filmmaker, and here, Howard succeeds like a wizard waving a wand.
Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris, Kevin Bacon, and Gary Sinise headline a stellar cast in a grim race-against-time that had the entire world transfixed in April of 1970. I remember being glued to the TV watching Walter Cronkite broadcast around the clock to give us the latest developments of the Apollo 13 story; I remember the relief and joy I felt when that banged-up capsule was retrieved from the ocean. To relive the triumph--and near-tragedy--of this event is an awesome experience, and APOLLO 13 is awesome, indeed.
The night the Apollo 13 epic happened I tried to stay awake, so I could see if the men made it back, but being the mother of 5 young children, I had to give up and go to bed, but they made it back safely.
This is indeed a collector's edition, and I am proud to have it.
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I love this movie, mostly because I remember this incident and all the tension in the air as we waited and hoped for a safe return for the astronauts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cherilyne
it will not play on my large screen tv only my computer?????Published 4 months ago by Mr. Rick Baker
This film is beautifully acted and shot. Giving a real sense of the era in question. The topic matter serves as a riveting historical document. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chris Hogan
This movie is a classic. Based on the novel "Lost Moon" by Apollo 13 Commander Capt. Jim Lovell and journalist Jeffrey Kluger about the mission that failed to land on the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by aes