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"Apollo 13"

by Kathleen Carroll

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This week's blockbuster entry in the ruthlessly competitive summer boxoffice sweepstakes is "Apollo13," Ron Howard's riveting replay of the nearly tragic space mission. Apollo13 astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert may not be fully operational as characters. But top gun actors Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon play these respective space heroes with compelling energy and vulnerability. The actual fate of this particular space mission is well known. No matter. Howard keeps the audience in a constant state of jitters. The suspense is so unbearable you actually begin to wonder if the Apollo crew can overcome the rapid fire series of life-threatening mechanical problems.

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