Apollo 13

Apollo 13

Apollo 13

Ron Howard’s historical space drama nominated for nine Academy Awards (taking home two) follows the true story of the failed 13th Apollo mission to the moon. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Gary Sinise star as the three astronauts who, in 1970, are set for lunar exploration after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s history-making feat the year before. But what was meant to be a "routine" flight turned very problematic.

Best Sound and Editing, Academy Awards 1996; Best Special Effects and Production Design, BAFTA Awards 1996
1995Rating: PG, Low level coarse language140 minsUSA
AdventureDramaTrue Story & Biography

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Total Film

Total Film

Tom Hanks perfectly embodies white bread goodness as mission leader Jim Lovell and, while we may all know the ending, it's a tribute to Howard's no-frills, focused direction that the story remains undeniably gripping.

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Time Out

Time Out

Where it scores is in subtly restating traditional notions of male heroism.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Playing the tough, commanding Jim Lovell is a substantial stretch for Mr. Hanks, but as usual his seeming ingenuousness overshadows all else about the role.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

A powerful story, one of the year's best films, told with great clarity and remarkable technical detail.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

It may not be the best film of the year, but it's certainly made of the right stuff.

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