Apollo 13: 20th Anniversary
with screenwriters William Broyles Jr. and Al Reinert and author Jeffrey Kluger
Apollo 13 details the unbelievable true story of the aborted 1970 Apollo 13 lunar mission. While en route to complete America’s third Moon landing, an on-board explosion effectively wiped out the oxygen supply and electrical power. NASA flight controllers were forced to abort the mission and figure out how to get three astronauts, Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise home safely.
Director Ron Howard went to great lengths to create an accurate depiction of the crisis, employing NASA‘s technical assistance in astronaut and flight controller training for his cast, and even obtaining permission to film scenes aboard a reduced gravity aircraft for realistic depiction of the weightlessness experienced by the astronauts in space.
Released in June of 1995, Apollo 13 garnered critical acclaim and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay for HCAF guests William Broyles Jr. (Cast Away, Flags of Our Fathers) and Al Reinert (For All Mankind).
Ron Howard’s film of this mission is directed with a single-mindedness and attention to detail that makes it riveting. He doesn’t make the mistake of adding cornball little subplots to popularize the material; he knows he has a great story, and he tells it in a docudrama that feels like it was filmed on location in outer space.
– Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com
Directed by Ron Howard
Written by William Broyles Jr. and Al Reinert (Screenplay), based on a book by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger
Cinematography by Dean Cundey
Editing by Daniel P. Hanley
Music by James Horner
Cast: Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris