Apollo 13 (movie)

Apollo 13 is an American disaster film directed by Ron Howard , released in 1995 . This is an adaptation of Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 (1994), written by James “Jim” Lovell , who was the commander of the Apollo 13 space mission , and Jeffrey Kluger .

Synopsis (summary)

The Apollo 13 mission includes crew James Lovell (NASA’s most experienced astronaut ), Fred Haise and Jack Swigert . Seventh manned mission of the Apollo program , the departure towards the Moon takes place on April 11 at exactly 13 h 13 . Liftoff is a success despite a cut motor o 5. But on April 13 at 21 pm 7 , Jack Swigert alert the NASA center in Houston An explosion on board the craft destroys one oxygen tank and damages the other tank as well as several fuel cells . The main engine of the Command Module(CSM) may have been damaged, making the lunar mission impossible and forcing the men in control of the mission to hold a trajectory through the lunar orbit for return to Earth . The loss of power caused by the explosion will force astronauts to cut off all power-consuming devices on board, leaving them without guidance.

Technical sheet

  • Title: Apollo 13
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Screenplay: William Broyles Jr. and Al Reinert , according to the book Lost Moon by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger
  • Producer: Brian Grazer
  • Music: James Horner
  • Photography: Dean Cundey
  • Editing: Daniel P. Hanley and Mike Hill
  • Production Companies: Universal Pictures , Imagine Entertainment
  • Budget: $ 52,000,000
  • Genre: Catastrophe
  • Country: United States
  • Original language: English
  • Format: Color – 1.78: 1
  • Duration: 140 minutes
    • IMAX birthday version : 120 minutes (20 minutes cut in this version) 1
  • Release dates:
    •  United States :
    •  France :


  • Tom Hanks (VF: Jean-Philippe Puymartin ) : James “Jim” Lovell
  • Kevin Bacon (VF: Bernard Gabay ) : Jack Swigert
  • Bill Paxton (VF: Jean-François Vlérick ) : Fred Haise
  • Gary Sinise (VF: Emmanuel Jacomy ) : Ken Mattingly
  • Ed Harris ( Patrick Floersheim ) : Gene Kranz
  • Kathleen Quinlan (VF: Frederique Tirmont ) : Marilyn Lovell
  • Chris Ellis (VF: Bernard Lanneau ) : Deke Slayton
  • Mary Kate Schellhardt : Barbara Lovell
  • Emily Ann Lloyd  (in) : Susan Lovell
  • Miko Hughes (VF: Hervé Grull ) : Jeffrey Lovell
  • Max Elliott Slade  (en) : Jay Lovell
  • David Andrews (VF: Eric Legrand ) : Pete Conrad
  • Tracy Reiner (VF: Dominique Chauby) : Mary Haise
  • Xander Berkeley (VF: Jerome Keen ) : Henry Hurt
  • Joe Spano (VF: Michel Papineschi ) : the director of NASA
  • Clint Howard (VF: Daniel Lafourcade ) : Sy Liebergot
  • Loren Dean (VF: Michel Mella ) : John Aaron
  • Ben Marley : John Young
  • Todd Louiso  (in) : FAO White
  • Christian Clemenson (VF: Michel Dodane ) : Dr. Chuck
  • Gabriel Jarret (VF: Renaud Marx ) : GNC White
  • Googy Gress (VF: Alain Flick ) : RETRO White
  • Brett Cullen (VF: Philippe Vincent ) : CAPCOM 1 Jack Lousma
  • Ray McKinnon (VF: Thierry Ragueneau ) : Jerry Bostick
  • Jim Meskimen (VF: Jacques Bouanich ) : TELMU White
  • Wayne Duvall (VF: Bernard Soufflet ) : the controller of the LEM
  • John Short (VF: Nicolas Married ) : INCO White
  • Jean Speegle Howard (VF: Lucie Dolene ) : Blanche Lovell
  • Thom Barry (VF: Emmanuel Gomes Dekset) : the nurse
  • Austin O’Brien : the gifted child
  • Rance Howard : The Reverend
  • Roger Corman : the man of the Congress
  • Mark Wheeler (VF: Guy Chapellier ) : Neil Armstrong
  • Larry Williams: Buzz Aldrin

Source and legendFrench version (VF) on AlloDoublage 2

Major Distinctions

The film won two Oscars in 1996 :

  • Oscar for the best editing ;
  • Oscar for the best sound .

He was nominated for 7 other Oscars the same year:

  • Oscar for the best film ;
  • Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role ( Ed Harris );
  • Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role ( Kathleen Quinlan );
  • Oscar for the best artistic direction ;
  • Oscar for the best visual effects ;
  • Oscar for the best film music ;
  • Oscar for best adapted scenario .

Around the film

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  • In the original version, most radio transmissions are the soundtracks of the mission.
  • The real astronaut James Lovell interprets the captain of the aircraft carrier who retrieves the crew at the end of the film. His wife, Marilyn Lovell, appears in the audience attending the launch.
  • The images which we see the actors in weightlessness were shot in an airplane ZERO-G of NASA . They made more than 1,500 parables for the shoot.
  • Jim Lovell’s thumb that eclipses the Moon is a very famous practice today among astronauts and invented by the real astronaut Jim Lovell, which consists of eclipsing the Moon from Earth , then, once on the Moon, to make even with the Earth.
  • When Jim learns that he needs to shut down the fuel cells and that he will not be able to land on the moon and say “we just lost the moon” , we can clearly see the moon pass through the porthole just behind the moon. Jim’s head.


  • The night of the moon landing of Apollo 11 , the moon was decreasing. Therefore, the scene where James Lovell, from his garden, hides the moon with his thumb should unfold before the first steps on the moon.
  • The real reason for Alan Shepard’s appointment to the Apollo 14 mission , rather than the Apollo 13 mission, was not a problem in his inner ear, as the film indicates, but his lack of training for less than 6 months of the launch, scheduled for April 1970.
  • The presence of Ken Mattingly on the launch site of the mission on take-off day is a mistake. In fact, on April 11, 1970, Mattingly was not on fire in Florida but at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Texas.
  • The background sound used during the television broadcast broadcast live on the evening of April 13, 1970, filmed in space by the crew, was the soundtrack of the 2001 film , the Space Odyssey in honor of the name given to the control module for the mission (Odyssey), not the song Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum .
  • All of the NASA-selected landing sites were on the visible side of the moon to maintain permanent radio contact between astronauts coming down to the moon and NASA’s Mission Control Center. However, in the film, astronauts fly over Mount Fra Mauro, the site where they should have alienated, when they are in the phase of radio silence with Houston, while this site is actually on the visible face of the moon.
  • Ed Smylie, the engineer who finds a solution allowing astronauts to get rid of poorly filtered carbon dioxide through the scrubbers of the lunar module, is shown in the movie as affecting a team at this task. In fact, he had already designed this basic setup when he arrived at NASA’s Mission Control Center.

Notes and references

  1. ↑ (in) Roger Ebert , ” Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience Movie Review (2002) | Roger Ebert ”  [ archive ] , on www.rogerebert.com (accessed October 23, 2017 )
  2. ↑ “French dubbing sheet of the film”  [ archive ] on AlloDoublage , accessed March 21, 2014

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