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* CasualDangerDialog: The astronauts' wives are instructed to speak to the men calmly, to put them at ease. One wife discusss her new shoes and the fact that she misplaced the insurance bill. Notably, the astronauts aren't buying it, but they put on brave faces (well, except for [[TheLoad Lloyd]]) for the sake of the women.



* CyanidePill: Downplayed; the astronauts have pills which act as a mild depressant, relaxing them (and keeping heart rate and respiration down) so that they will use up less oxygen. Guess what TheLoad does with his?
* DisasterMovie: Not generally marketed as one, but the film does seem like an UnbuiltTrope for TheSeventies' disaster craze. AllStarCast? Yup. Group of people trapped in a deadly ClosedCircle? You betcha. TheLoad? Right here. Death of a main character played by a major star? There he goes. Unconventional and risky rescue attempt with a MillionToOneChance, led by a CowboyCop-esque hero who says ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight? Check, check and cheque. About the only boxes this film '''doesn't''' tick off are that it has a [[EpicMovie small scale]] (only three people are endangered) and it doesn't show characters with [[RelationshipSalvagingDisaster domestic issues to work through]] (some domestic issues do crop up, but these are a case of CasualDangerDialog).
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Pruett gives one to his wife. Notably, he's not dying, but he's covering his bases. [[spoiler:Good thing he did.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: One of the astronauts sacrifices his life to preserve enough oxygen for the other two to survive.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Film footage of the astronauts working on the space station shows that Lloyd has been mucking up repairs and generally having a hard time focusing on his work (due to the stresses of working in space), which hints toward his eventual freak-out.
* HeroicSacrifice: One of the astronauts [[spoiler:Jim Pruett]] sacrifices his life to preserve enough oxygen for the other two to survive.


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* TheLoad / TheMillstone: Lloyd fails to take his relaxo-pill when ordered to do so; later, he has a full-blown panic attack which (presumably) wastes a good deal of their limited oxygen supply. To his credit, though, when the ColdEquation plan is discussed, he is the first to volunteer.
* RedHerring (pardon the pun): As a Soviet spacecraft approaches, the astronauts are warned to be on their guard, as they don't know what the cosmonaut will do. As it turns out, he's coming to try to help.
* TemptingFate: Early in the film, Lloyd says calmly "We'll make it." When things go pear-shaped, he's the first to crack.


* LifeImitatesArt: And ''art'' comes out second best: ''Marooned'' hit theaters less than a year before the Apollo 13 mission, which conclusively demonstrated the many orders of magnitude by which the real American manned space program was more awesome than films like this one make it out to be.
** The truth is actually even ''more'' surprising, according to [[http://www.universetoday.com/63721/13-things-that-saved-apollo-13-part-11-a-hollywood-movie/ this article]].

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Plenty:
** For one thing, the ill-fated mission is launched on a Saturn V rocket. The rocket was grossly overpowered for a Low-Earth Orbit mission. Logically, it probably would have been launched on a Saturn IB. The mission was launched on a Saturn V probably for the RuleOfAwesome, as nothing could compare to a Saturn V launch.
** For another, the Soviet spacecraft is clearly a Vostok craft. By the time this film was released, Soyuz was the USSR's manned spacecraft, though this was probably done for the sake of drama.
*** At the same time, NASA put an awful lot of faith in the Soviet cosmonaut not to commit an act of espionage by taking mental notes of the Apollo spacecraft's interior, as such mental notes could easily be used by the Soviets to improve their own manned spacecraft. There was also lot of faith that the Soviets wouldn't send up a later manned mission to investigate and reverse-engineer the Apollo spacecraft (a la Buran).


A 1969 sci-fi thriller film directed by John Sturges, adapted from the novel of the same name by Martin Caidin.

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A 1969 sci-fi thriller film directed by John Sturges, adapted from the novel of the same name by Martin Caidin.
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** The truth is actually even ''more'' surprising, according to [[http://www.universetoday.com/63721/13-things-that-saved-apollo-13-part-11-a-hollywood-movie/ this article]].

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** The truth is actually even ''more'' surprising, according to [[http://www.universetoday.com/63721/13-things-that-saved-apollo-13-part-11-a-hollywood-movie/ this article]].article]].
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* LifeImitatesArt: And ''art'' comes out second best: ''Marooned'' hit theaters less than a year before the Apollo 13 mission, which conclusively demonstrated the many orders of magnitude by which the real American manned space program was more awesome than films like this one make it out to be.

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* LifeImitatesArt: And ''art'' comes out second best: ''Marooned'' hit theaters less than a year before the Apollo 13 mission, which conclusively demonstrated the many orders of magnitude by which the real American manned space program was more awesome than films like this one make it out to be.be.
** The truth is actually even ''more'' surprising, according to [[http://www.universetoday.com/63721/13-things-that-saved-apollo-13-part-11-a-hollywood-movie/ this article]].

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* HopeSpot: A Soviet spacecraft arrives, but is unable to do much because it's only a one-man vessel.


* ColdEquation: See HeroicSacrifice.



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Three American astronauts (Creator/GeneHackman, Richard Crenna, and James Franciscus) returning from a long space station mission suddenly face imminent death when their spacecraft malfunctions and they are stuck in orbit with a very limited oxygen supply. On the ground, Chief astronaut Ted Dougherty (David Janssen) breaks all the rules to implement a mission to rescue the seemingly doomed adventurers. Charles Keith (Creator/GregoryPeck) is the ground commander in Houston who must decide whether or not to approve the dangerous rescue mission.

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Three American astronauts (Creator/GeneHackman, Richard Crenna, and James Franciscus) returning from a long space station mission suddenly face imminent death when their spacecraft malfunctions and they are stuck in orbit with a [[AlmostOutOfOxygen very limited oxygen supply.supply]]. On the ground, Chief astronaut Ted Dougherty (David Janssen) breaks all the rules to implement a mission to rescue the seemingly doomed adventurers. Charles Keith (Creator/GregoryPeck) is the ground commander in Houston who must decide whether or not to approve the dangerous rescue mission.

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* CreatorCameo: Martin Caidin, author of the original novel, appears as a Cape Canaveral reporter.

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A 1969 sci-fi thriller film directed by John Sturges, adapted from a novel by Martin Caidin.

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A 1969 sci-fi thriller film directed by John Sturges, adapted from a the novel of the same name by Martin Caidin.


For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version (shown under the title ''Space Travellers''), please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E01SpaceTravelers episode recap page]].

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For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version (shown under the title ''Space Travellers''), Travelers''), please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E01SpaceTravelers episode recap page]].


A 1969 sci-fi thriller film directed by John Sturges.

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A 1969 sci-fi thriller film directed by John Sturges.
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A 1969 a sci-fi thriller film directed by John Sturges.

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A 1969 a sci-fi thriller film directed by John Sturges.


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