Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Way Back Wednesday - Apollo 13

Although I typically don't do Way Back Wednesdays on movies less than 20 years old, I made an exception this time because I just watched Apollo 13 again this weekend. I never get tired of this movie!

Apollo 13 is a 1995 film that dramatized the ill-fated lunar mission in 1970. The movie was adapted by William Broyles Jr. and Al Reinert from the book Lost Moon by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger, and was directed by Ron Howard. It stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris, and features Kathleen Quinlan.

Veteran astronaut Jim Lovell (Hanks), Fred Haise (Paxton), and Jack Swigert (Bacon) are the 3 man team of Apollo 13. On the 3rd day of the mission, Swigert is asked to stir the cryogenic oxygen tanks which leads to an explosion in the Service Module (it was later learned that a defective part in the oxygen tanks caused the explosion).

Leaking oxygen, the mission must abort the moon landing and focus all their energy and attention on returning home. The crew faces problem after problem, but with the help of the entire NASA crew back on earth, they are able to overcome every obstacle.

This Apollo mission was considered a successful failure. If you have not seen this movie, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is a wonderful family film and is historically accurate to the actual Apollo 13 mission.

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