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After spending several months in an orbiting lab, three astronauts prepare to return to earth only to find their rockets wont fire. After initially thinking they might have to abandon them in orbit, NASA decides to launch a daring rescue. Their plans are complicated by a Hurricane headed towards the launch site and a shrinking air supply in the astronauts capsule.
Three marooned astronauts. Only 55 minutes left to rescue them. While the whole world watches and waits...
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Release Date: November 10, 1969
Runtime: 134 mins
All Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Sound: Mono, 70 mm 6-Track
IMDB Rating: 5.5
Buried.com Rating: 6.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With M
MPAA Rating: G
Gregory Peck ...Charles Keith
Richard Crenna ...Jim Pruett
David Janssen ...Ted Dougherty
James Franciscus ...Clayton Stone
Gene Hackman ...Buzz Lloyd
Lee Grant ...Celia Pruett
Nancy Kovack ...Teresa Stone
Mariette Hartley ...Betty Lloyd
Scott Brady ...Public Affairs Officer
Craig Huebing ...Flight Director
Frank Marth ...Air Force System Director
John Carter ...Flight Surgeon
Vincent Van Lynn ...Aerospace journalist
George Gaynes ...Mission Director
Tom Stewart ...Houston Cap Com
Duke Hobbie ...Air Force Titan specialist
Walter Brooke ...Network commentator
Dennis Robertson ...Launch Director
Bill Couch ...Russian cosmonaut
Mauritz Hugo ...Hardy - Reporter
Kenner G. Kemp ...Guest in Observation Room
Mary Linda Rapelye ...Priscilla Keith
Bruce Rhodewalt ...Computer technician
George R. Robertson ...VIP
George Smith ...Cape Weather Officer
Frank Capra Jr.
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- Three marooned astronauts. Only 55 minutes left to rescue them. While the whole world watches and waits...
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- Flight Surgeon: [regarding the earliest possible time for rescue] You know of course that by 22:31:06, the crew will be dead. There's not enough oxygen left for three men to live that long. Charles Keith: Well what about... two men? Flight Surgeon: We don't figure that way, we plot total pressure against total use. Charles Keith: Is there sufficient oxygen for two men? For one? Flight Surgeon: [long pause] Two might just make it.
Clayton Stone: Jesus, fifty-five minutes... We'll be pretty cold by then. Buzz Lloyd: Well, one of us's gonna have to go. I mean uh... that's what we're talkin' about, isnt it? One of us goes and the... other two stay. What... what are we gonna do? Clayton Stone: Alright look. Let's do this scientifically: two big guys throw the little guy out, okay?
[Keith is pulled over by the Highway Patrol for speeding] Charles Keith: Look, I've got to get to a telephone! Texas DPS officer: Will you shut off your engine please? Charles Keith: Officer, I'm Charles Keith, head of Manned Space! Texas DPS officer: I know who you are. You have no brake lights. Your license is expired. You may be able to get to the moon, but mister you're a menace on the highway!
Buzz Lloyd: [after being asked by Stone what he saw when a psychologist held up a blank sheet of paper during his astronaut acceptance boards] I saw a field covered with snow. And underneath was new oats. Then the snow melted and the field turned to green. But the psychologist said I was all wrong, it was just a blank sheet of paper. Clayton Stone: He took you anyway? Buzz Lloyd: Yeah, I guess they made a mistake. Clayton Stone: No, no, they don't make mistakes. Buzz Lloyd: That's right, I forgot. They don't make mistakes do they? [the entire crew begins to laugh at the irony]
Jim Pruett: Okay Buzz you're right. To hell with waiting for a bunch of slide-rule jockeys. We used to fix the airplanes we flew with paperclips. Lets get into our hard suits and fix this bird. Buzz Lloyd: [smiling] Okay Jimmy.
- Based on a novel by Martin Caidin, who would later write "Cyborg", the basis for the TV series "The Six Million Dollar Man" (1974).
Was the impetus behind the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project where American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts docked in space.
Frank Capra began work on the film. Inspired by his work on the Martin-Marietta Corp.-commissioned faux documentary, "Rendezvous in Space" for the 1964 World's Fair in New York, Capra (a chemical engineer by education) worked to make the picture for Columbia, but finally abandoned the project in preproduction in May 1966 when he couldn't bring the budget down to the $3-million required by Columbia worldwide production chief M.J. Frankovich. The eventual budget for the finished film (directed by John Sturges) was $8 million. Capra never made another film.
There is no musical score for this film. Instead, each spacecraft has its own ambient soundtrack when it is shown in space. The Apollo shots feature a low hum; the XRV, a hollow ringing; the Nimbus Weather Satellite, a rapid series of beeps ascending in pitch; and the Russian Voshkhod, a constant pitch series of beeps. The only exceptions to this is are a very slight, muted bit of music played under the Apollo ambient soundtrack during Pruett's final EVA, and a single tone (with some ambient effects that could be called music) during the opening credits.
Average Shot Length (ASL) = 8 seconds
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