Apollo 13 (1995)

RON HOWARD

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB

USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by , , based on the book Lost Moon by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Ron Howard’s best film as director is this gripping account of the failed Apollo 13 mission that thankfully never claimed the lives of its astronauts but threatened to on many occasions. Tom Hanks heads up the operation as Jim Lovell, an astronaut who loses out on Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 trip to the moon but finally gets his dream realized when he is assigned two missions later to travel into the outer reaches of space (Lovell’s book, Lost Moon, which he co-wrote with Jeffrey Kluger, was the basis of this film).

During the mission, a malfunction occurs on their spacecraft and Lovell, along with colleagues  and , are at the mercy of whatever the excellent support team on the ground below led by Ed Harris can figure out to keep them safe. Beautifully photographed, one is convinced when watching this film that the entire crew really did travel into outer space. The drama is rich, the characters moving and the sense of wonder is constantly kept at a high level.

Academy Awards:  Best Film Editing; Best Sound
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris); Best Supporting Actress (Kathleen Quinlan); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Visual Effects; Best Art Direction; Best Original Dramatic Score

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Drama; Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris); Best Supporting Actress (Kathleen Quinlan); Best Director (Ron Howard)

Screen Actors Guild Awards:  Outstanding Motion Picture Cast; Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris)

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