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Apollo 13

Originally intending to land on the lunar surface, Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton), and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) are forced to scrap their flight plan when an explosion destroys part of their vessel. This movie is based on the true events of the Apollo 13 Moon Mission. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 140
Theater Release: 29 Jun 1995
Video Release: 13 Apr 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

When Apollo 13 launched into space, many people regarded the procedure as routine and therefore, not very interesting. Why do repeated feats sometimes get taken for granted? How does that change when emergencies arise? Have we seen the same sort of attitudes over other amazing achievements like the space stations, the Mars rovers, and shuttle missions?

For more information about the Apollo 13 disaster/triumph, check out NASA’s site: http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/apollo13info.html

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