Apollo 13 (film)

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Apollo 13 is a 1995 film about the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission, in which NASA must devise a strategy to return the spacecraft to Earth safely after it undergoes massive internal damage, putting the lives of the three astronauts on-board in jeopardy.

Directed by Ron Howard. Written by William Broyles Jr. and Al Reinert, based on the book Lost Moon by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.
Houston, we have a problem.

Jim Lovell[edit]

  • 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. On Apollo 8, we were so close. Just 60 nautical miles down, and it was as if I could just step out, and walk on the face of it.

Listen to an original recording of this quote:

  • Gentlemen, it's been a privilege flying with you.
  • Hello Houston, this is Odyssey. It's good to see you again.
  • [narrating] 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 occurred 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 canceled 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?
  • Houston, we are venting something out into space. I can see it outside window 1 right now, it's definitely a gas of some sort, it's got to be the oxygen.

Jack Swigert[edit]

  • If this doesn't work, we're not gonna have enough power left to get home.
  • [on TV] When you go into the shadow of the moon and and the moon is between you and the sun, you see stars that are more brilliant than anything you've ever seen on the clearest nights here on Earth. And then you pass into the lunar sunrise over the lunar surface. It must be an awe-inspiring sight. I can't wait to see it myself.
  • [While flipping an electric switch on a panel full of condensation] It's like trying to drive a toaster through a car wash.

Gene Kranz[edit]

  • OK, guys, we're going to the moon.
  • EECOM, GNC, these guys are talking about bangs and shimmies up there; doesn't sound like instrumentation to me.
  • Let's work the problem, people. Let's not make things any worse by guessing.
  • The Lunar Module just became a lifeboat.
  • I don't care what anything was designed to do. I care about what it can do.
  • I want this mark all the way back to Earth with time to spare. We've never lost an American in space, we're sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch. Failure is not an option!
  • [to Deke and other simulation operators] Goddammit I don't want another estimate(s). I want the procedures, NOW.

Dialogue[edit]

Jim Lovell: The astronaut is only the most visible member of a very large team, and all of us, right down to the guys sweeping the floor are honored to be a part of it. What did the man say? "Give me a lever long enough and I'll move the world." Well that's exactly what we're doing here. This is divine inspiration, folks. It's the best part of each one of us that anything is possible. Things like a computer that can fit into a single room and hold millions of pieces of information, or the Saturn V rocket. Now, this is the actual launch vehicle that will be taking Alan Shepard and his crew on the first leg of the Apollo 13 mission.
Congressman: When are you going up again, Jim?
Jim: I'm slated to be the commander of Apollo 14 sometime late next year.
Congressman: If there is an Apollo 14. Now, Jim, people in my state are asking why we're continuing to fund this program now that we've beaten the Russians to the moon.
Jim: Well, imagine if Christopher Columbus came back from the New World, and no one returned in his footsteps.

Jeffrey Lovell: Dad, did you know the astronauts in the fire?
Jim: Yeah, I knew the astronauts in the fire. All of them.
Jeffrey: Could that happen again?
Jim: Well, I'll tell you something about that fire. A lot of things went wrong. The, uh, the door, it's called the hatch. They couldn't get it open when they needed to get out, that was one thing. And, uh... well, a lot of things went wrong in that fire.
Jeffrey: Did they fix it?
Jim: Oh, yes, absolutely. We fixed it. It's not a problem anymore.

Reporter: So, the number 13 doesn't bother you?
Fred Haise: Only if it's a Friday, Phil.
Reporter: Apollo 13, lifting of at thirteen hundred hours and thirteen minutes, and entering the Moon's gravity on April 13th.
Jim: Ken Mattingly's been doing some scientific research regarding that very phenomenon, haven't you, Ken?
Ken Mattingly: Uh, yes, well, I had a black cat walk over a broken mirror under the lunar module ladder. It didn't seem to be a problem.
Fred Haise: We're also considering a letter from a fella who said we oughta take a pig up with us for good luck.
Reporter: Does it bother you that the public regards this flight as routine?
Jim: There's nothing routine about flying to the moon. I can vouch for that. And, uh… I think that an astronaut's last mission, his final flight, that's always going to be very special.
Reporter: Why is this your last, Jim?
Jim: I'm in command of the best ship with the best crew that anybody could ask for, and I'll be walking in a place where there's 400 degrees difference between sunlight and shadow. I can't imagine, uh, ever topping that.

Jim: You want to break up my crew two days before the launch when we can predict each others' moves, we can read the tone of each others' voices?
Dr. Chuck: Ken Mattingly will be getting seriously ill, precisely when you and Haise will be ascending from the lunar surface to rendezvous with him.
Deke Slayton: Jim, that's a lousy time for a fever.
Jim: All right, now look, Jack Swigert has been out of the loop for weeks.
NASA Director: He's fully qualified to fly this mission.
Jim: He's a fine pilot, but when was the last time he was in a simulator?
NASA Director: I'm sorry, Jim, I understand how you feel. Now we can do one of two things here. We can either scrub Mattingly and go with Swigert, or we can bump all three of you to a later mission.
Jim: I've trained for the Fra Mauro highlands, and this is flight surgeon horseshit, Deke!
Deke Slayton: Jim, if you hold out for Ken, you will not be on Apollo 13. It's your decision.

Mary Haise: Oh boy, hope I can sleep.
Fred Haise, Jr.: Mom, that was loud!
Mary: Here, hold my hand. [to Marilyn] I can't believe you did this four times.
Marilyn Lovell: The worst part's over.
Mary: It is?
Marilyn: Listen, this doesn't stop for me until he lands on that aircraft carrier.
Mary Haise: Oh, you just look so calm about it.
Marilyn: Well, if the flight surgeon had to okay me for this mission, I'd be grounded.
Reporter 1: Mrs. Lovell! Mrs. Haise!
Reporter 2: Can we speak to you? Can we just have a word with you, please?
Marilyn: Remember, you're proud, happy, and thrilled.
Reporter 1: How are you feeling?
Mary: Well, we're very proud, very happy, and we're thrilled.

Jim: Well, between Jack's back taxes and the Fred Haise Show, I'd say that was a pretty successful broadcast.
CAPCOM: That was an excellent show, Odyssey.
Jack Swigert: Thank you very much, Houston.
CAPCOM: We've a couple of housekeeping procedures for you. We'd like you to roll right to 0-6-0 and null your rates.
Jack: Roger that. Rolling right, 0-6-0.
CAPCOM: And then if you could give your oxygen tanks a stir.
Jack: Roger that. [flips switches]
[Sparking, explosion]
[Alarm buzzing]
Jack: Hey, we've got a problem here.
Jim: What did you do?
Jack Swigert: Nothing. I stirred the tanks.
CAPCOM: Uh, this is Houston. Say again, please?
Jim: Houston, we have a problem.

Seymour Liebergot: Flight?
Gene Kranz: Yeah, go, EECOM.
Seymour: Um, Flight, I recommend we, uh, shut down the reactant valves of the fuel cells.
Gene: What the hell good is that gonna do?
Seymour: If that's where the leak is, we can isolate it. We can isolate it there and we can save what's left in the tanks and we can run on the good cell.
Gene: You close them, you can't open them again. You can't land on the moon with one healthy fuel cell.
Seymour: Gene, the Odyssey is dying. From my chair here, this is the last option.
Gene: Yeah, yeah, yeah, okay, Sy. CAPCOM, let's have them close the reactant valves.
CAPCOM: Thirteen, this is Houston. Uh, we want you to close react valves on cells one and three. Do you copy?
Jim : Are you saying you want the whole smash? Closing down the react valves for fuel cells shutdown? Shutting down the fuel cells, did I hear you right?
Gene: Yeah, they heard me right. Tell them we think that's the only way they can stop the leak.
CAPCOM: Yeah, Jim, we think that closing the react valves may stop the leak.
[There's a long pause as the crew comprehends what's just been said]
Gene: Did he copy that?
CAPCOM: Do you copy, Jim?
Jim: Yes, Houston, we copy... [to Haise and Swigert] We just lost the moon.

Jim: Freddo, how long does it take to power up the L.E.M.?
Fred: Three hours by the checklist.
Jim: We don't have that much time.

Jeffrey: Why are there so many people here?
Marilyn: Oh. Well, you know, your dad's flying his mission.
Jeffrey: He said he was going to get me a moon rock.
Marilyn: Well, something broke on your daddy's spaceship, and he's going to turn around before he even gets to the the moon.
Jeffrey: [meekly] Was it the door?

Gene: Okay, people! Listen up! I want you all to forget the flight plan. From this moment on, we are improvising a new mission. [Kranz turns on an overheard projector and the bulb burns out] How do we get our people home? [drawing with chalk on blackboard] They are here. We turn them around? Straight back? Direct abort?
Bobby Spencer: Yes! Gene...
MOCR Engineer: No, we can't do that...
Jerry: No, Sir. No, Sir. We get them on a free return trajectory. It's the option with the fewest question marks for safety.
Gene: I agree with Jerry. We use the moon's gravity to slingshot them around.
Bobby: No! The L.E.M. will not support three guys for that amount of time!
Larry: It barely holds two.
Bobby: I mean, we have got to do a direct abort. We do an about face, we bring the guys right home right now.
Larry Strimple: Get them back soon, absolutely.
Jerry: We don't even know if the Odyssey's engine's even working, and if there's been serious damage to this spacecraft...
Ray Teague: They blow up and they die.
Bobby: That is not the argument! We are talking about time!
Ray: Oh, come on! I'm not going to sugarcoat this for you!
Gene: Let's hold it. Let's hold it down. Let's hold it down, people. The only engine we've got with enough power for a direct abort is the S.P.S. on the service module. From what Lovell has told us, it could have been damaged in an explosion, so let's consider that engine dead. We light that thing up, could blow the whole works. It's too risky. We're not gonna take that chance. Now the only thing the command module is good for is reentry, so that leaves us with the L.E.M., which means free return trajectory. Once we get the guys around the moon, we'll fire up the L.E.M. engine, make a long burn, pick up some speed, get them back as soon as we can.
Bobby: Gene, I'm wondering what the Grumman guys think about this.
Grumman Rep: We can't make any guarantees. We designed the L.E.M. to land on the moon, not fire the engine out there for course correction.
Gene: Well, unfortunately we're not landing on the moon, are we? I don't care what anything was designed to do. I care about what it can do. So let's get to work, let's lay it out, okay?

NASA Director: He specifically wanted a quote from a flight director.
Gene: Who wanted a quote?
Glynn Lunney: The President.
Gene: The President?
Deke: Nixon. He wants odds.
Gene: We are not losing the crew.
NASA Director: Gene, I gotta give him odds. Five to one against? Three to one?
Glynn: I don't think they're that good.
Gene: We are not losing those men!
Deke: [to Kraft] Look, tell him three to one.

CAPCOM: Thirteen, this is Houston. We're reading your telemetry. It's good to see you again.
Fred: Good to see you too, Houston.
CAPCOM: We are picking you up at a velocity of 7,062 feet per second, at a distance from the moon of 56 nautical miles. Stand by for your PC+2 burn data.
Fred: Got to tell you, I had an itch to take this baby down though. Do some prospecting. Damn, we were close.
Jim: Gentlemen... what are your intentions? [Haise and Swigert look over at him] I'd like to go home. We've got a burn coming up. We're gonna need a contingency if we lose comm with Houston. Freddo, let's get an idea where we stand on the consumables. Jack, get up into the Odyssey and bag up all the water you can before it freezes in there. Let's go home.

Clin: Gene, we have a situation brewing with the carbon dioxide.
Bill: We have a CO2 filter problem in the lunar module.
Clint: 5 filters on the L.E.M.
Bill: Which were meant for two guys for a day and a half.
Clint: That's what I told the Doc.
Dr. Chuck: They're already up to eight on the gauges. Anything over fifteen, and you get impaired judgement, blackouts, the beginnings of brain asphyxia.
Gene: What about the scrubbers on the command module?
Clint: They take square cartridges.
Bill: The ones on the L.E.M. are round.
Gene: [Sighs in irritation] Tell me this isn't a government operation.
Clint: This just isn't a contingency we've remotely looked at.
Dr. Chuck: Those CO2 levels are going to be getting toxic.
Gene: Well, I suggest you gentlemen invent a way to put a square peg in a round hole. Rapidly.

Henry Hurt: I, uh, I have a request from the news people.
Marilyn: Uh-huh?
Henry: They're out front here. They want to put a transmitter up on the lawn.
Marilyn: Transmitter?
Henry: Kind of a tower, for live broadcast.
Marilyn: I thought they didn't care about this mission. They didn't even run Jim's show.
Henry: Well, it's more dramatic now. Suddenly people are...
Marilyn: Landing on the moon wasn't dramatic enough for them - why should not landing on it be?
Henry: Look, I, um, I realize how hard this is, Marilyn, but the whole world is caught up in this, it's historic—
Marilyn: No, Henry! Those people don't put one piece of equipment on my lawn. If they have a problem with that, they can take it up with my husband. He'll be home... on Friday!

Jack: I've been going over the numbers again. Have they called up with a re-entry plan yet? 'Cause we're coming in too shallow.
Jim: We're working on something, Jack. Just hold on.
Fred: I can't remember the ratio temperature; we got no references on board.
Jim: Well, let's see if Houston can pull up the MIL-SPECs.
Jack: Listen, listen, listen! They gave us too much Delta V, had us burn too long. At this rate, we're gonna skip right off of the atmosphere, and we're never gonna get back!
Fred: What are you talking about? How'd you figure that?
Jack: I can add.
Jim: Jack, they've got half the Ph.Ds on the planet working on this.
Fred: Houston says we're right on the money.
Jack: And what if they have made a mistake, all right, and there was no way to reverse it? You think they would tell us? There's no reason for them to tell us.
Fred: What do you mean they're not gonna tell us? That's bullshit!
Jim: All right, there's 1,000 things that have to happen in order, we are on #8. You're taking about #692.
Jack: And in the meantime, I'm trying to tell you we're coming in too fast. I think they know it, and I think that's why we don't have a goddamn re-entry plan.
Jim: That's duly noted. Thank you, Jack. We agree with that.
Jack: [hits his head on the L.E.M. ceiling] OW! God damn this piece of shit!
Fred: Hey! This piece of sh*t's gonna get you home. That's 'cause that's the only thing we got left, Jack!
Jack: Now what are you saying, Fred?
Fred: Well, I think you know what I'm saying.
Jack: Now wait a minute. All I did was stir those tanks.
Fred: What was that gauge reading before you hit the switch?
Jack: Hey, don't tell me how to fly the damn C.M.–
Fred: You don't even know, do you?!
Jack: –They brought me in here to do a job, they asked me to stir the damn tanks and I stirred the tanks!
Jim: Jack, stop kicking yourself in the ass, all right?
Jack: This is not my fault!
Jim: No one is saying it is. If I'm in the left-hand seat when the call comes up, I stir the tanks.
Jack Swigert: Yeah, well, tell him that. [points to Haise]
Fred: I just asked you what the gauge was reading, and you don't know!
Jim: All right, look, we're not doing this, gentlemen, we're not gonna do this. We're not gonna go bouncing off the walls for the next 10 minutes, because we're just gonna end up right back here with the same problems! Try to figure out how to stay alive!
CAPCOM: Aquarius, this is Houston.
Jim: Are we on VOX?!
Fred: No, we're not on VOX.
Jim: [Turns on switch to transmit; calmly] Yeah, Houston, this is Aquarius, go ahead.
CAPCOM: Yeah, Jim, could you check you check your CO2 gauge for us?
Jim: Yeah, Houston, we were just looking at that. Our CO2 measurement has jumped 4 notches in the last hour.
Fred: That can't be right. I went over those numbers three times.
CAPCOM: Jim, that sounds about right. We were expecting that.
Jim: Well, that's very comforting to know, Houston. What do we do about it.
CAPCOM: Jim, we're working on a procedure down here for you. Do you copy?
Fred: Oh, Christ.
Jim: All right, Houston, we're standing by for those procedures.
Fred: Jesus Christ, I know why my numbers are wrong. I only figured it for two people.
[Lovell and Haise look over at Swigert]
Jack: Maybe I should just hold my breath.

Marilyn: We came to tell you something. There's been an accident. Jimmy's okay, he's all right, but he's not gonna get to walk on the moon.
Blanche: Well, they said he was.
Marilyn: I know. I know. That was before. Now there's been an explosion. And they're all okay, they're all right. But now they're just going to try to figure out how to get them home. And it's a little bit dangerous. [to Susan Lovell, who has started to cry] Oh, sweetie.
Blanche: [to Susan Lovell] Are you scared? '[[Susan Lovell nods] Well, don't you worry, honey. If they could get a washing machine to fly, my Jimmy could land it.

Jules Bergman: Apollo 13 commander, Jim Lovell, has more time in space, almost twenty-four days already, than any other man, and I asked him recently if he was ever scared.
Jim: Oh, well, I've had an engine flame out a few times in an aircraft, and was kind of curious as to wether or not it was going to light up again, things of that nature, but, uh, they seem to work out.
Jules: Is there a specific instance in an airplane emergency when you can recall fear?
Jim: Uh, well, I'll tell ya, I remember this one time - I'm in a Banshee at night in combat conditions, so there's no running lights on the carrier. It was the Shangri-La, and we were in the Sea of Japan... and my radar had jammed, and my homing signal was gone... because somebody in Japan was actually using the same frequency, and so it was… it was leading me away from where I was supposed to be. And I'm lookin' down at a big, black ocean, so I flip on my map light, and then suddenly, zap. Everything shorts out right there in my cockpit. All my instruments are gone. My lights are gone, and I can't even tell now what my altitude is. I know I'm running out of fuel, so I'm thinking about ditching in the ocean. And I, I look down there, and then in the darkness there's this, uh… there's this green trail. It's like a long carpet that's just laid out right beneath me, and it was the algae, right? It was that phosphorescent stuff that gets churned up in the wake of a big ship. And it was, it was, it was leading me home. You know? If my cockpit lights hadn't shorted out, there's no way I'd ever been able to see that. So uh, you, uh, never know... what... what events are to transpire to get you home.

Henry: We've got the parachute situation, the heat shield, angle of the trajectory and the typhoon. There's just so many variables, I'm at a loss–
NASA Director: I know what the problems are, Henry. This could be the worst disaster NASA's ever experienced.
Gene Kranz: With all due respect, sir, I believe this is gonna be our finest hour.

Cast[edit]

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