Apollo 13

The Western Star - - TV GUIDE LIFE -

Mon­day, 7mate, 7.30pm, PG (1995)

A won­der­fully con­ceived epic from di­rec­tor Ron Howard, based on the amaz­ing true story of the ill-fated 13th Apollo mis­sion bound for the moon. It de­tails the plig ht of as­tro­nauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Pax­ton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Ba­con), who left for the stars on a “rou­tine” flight that went very wrong. The mon­ster cast – Gary Sinise and Ed Har­ris play piv­otal roles as mem­bers of the ground con­trol team – glues to­gether a vis­ually pow­er­ful spec­ta­cle of large-scale emo­tion. Howard gives the viewer a true sense of the size of a space mis­sion, without get­ting too caught up in the de­tails. A movie marvel.

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