Tom Hanks Archives
Apollo 13

Character: Jim Lovell
Directed by: Ron Howard
Written by: William Broyles Jr., Al Reinert
Produced by: Brian Grazer
Other cast: Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise
Release date: June 30, 1995
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Running time: 2h 20min

This Hollywood drama is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth's orbit. However, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts' survival and their safe return to Earth.

Taglines

→ Failure is not an option.
→ Houston, we have a problem.

Character’s Quotes

• Houston, we have a problem.
• Our mission was called “a successful failure,” in that we returned safely but never made it to the moon. In the following months, it was determined that a damaged coil built inside the oxygen tank sparked during our cryo stir and caused the explosion that crippled the Odyssey. It was a minor defect that occured two years before I was even named the flight’s commander. Fred Haise was going back to the moon on Apollo 18, but his mission was cancelled because of budget cuts; he never flew in space again. Nor did Jack Swigert, who left the astronaut corps and was elected to Congress from the state of Colorado. But he died of cancer before he was able to take office. Ken Mattingly orbited the moon as Command Module Pilot of Apollo 16, and flew the Space Shuttle, having never gotten the measles. Gene Kranz retired as Director of Flight Operations just not long ago. And many other members of Mission Control have gone on to other things, but some are still there. As for me, the seven extraordinary days of Apollo 13 were my last in space. I watched other men walk on the Moon, and return safely, all from the confines of Mission Control and our house in Houston. I sometimes catch myself looking up at the Moon, remembering the changes of fortune in our long voyage, thinking of the thousands of people who worked to bring the three of us home. I look up at the moon and wonder, when will we be going back, and who will that be?
• From now on, we live in a world where man has walked on the moon. And it’s not a miracle, we just decided to go.
• Houston. We’re getting our first look at the service module now. One whole side of the spacecraft is missing. Right by the high gain antennae a whole panel is blown out, right up. Right up to our heat shield.
• Imagine if Christopher Columbus had come back from the New World and no one returned in his footsteps.
• Well… if I had a dollar for every time they’ve killed me in this thing, I wouldn’t have to work for you, Deke… Well, we have two days, we’ll be ready. Let’s do it again.
• All right, we’re not doing this, gentlemen. We are *not* doing this. We’re not going to go bouncing off the walls for ten minutes, ’cause we’re just going to end up back here with the same problems! Try to figure out how to stay alive!
• It’s like flying with a dead elephant on our back.