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Marooned [DVD] [1969] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Gregory Peck , Richard Crenna , John Sturges    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, James Franciscus, Gene Hackman
  • Directors: John Sturges
  • Writers: Martin Caidin, Mayo Simon
  • Producers: Frank Capra Jr., M.J. Frankovich
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CGNEE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,009 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "we have negative retrofire" 6 July 2004
Three astronauts, already debilitated after five months in the Saturn Orbital Laboratory space station, are stranded in their return vehicle, when the engines fail to fire up. The film consists of the efforts to rescue them, the air that is measured out by the minute, the tensions that arise between the astronauts in the small capsule, and their wives, who bravely try to cope. The plot could get predictable were it not for the taut, plausible script, the well-paced direction by John Sturges, the marvelous acting, and the sound. This is the only film I can remember seeing that has no musical soundtrack, just gripping sound effects that add so much to the tension. Even after repeated viewings, this film has an edginess, and it owes much of it to its imaginative use of sound.
Gregory Peck puts in another stellar performance as Chief of Manned Space Charles Keith, who is strong, decisive, and thoughtful; the conversation he has with the stranded crew about oxygen is memorable, and as the commander, Richard Crenna is terrific, and Gene Hackman, an astronaut with a high strung temperament, and James Franciscus are also excellent, as are their wives, Lee Grant, Mariette Hartley and Nancy Kovak, and David Janssen, as a fourth astronaut.
Four months and 2 days after this film was released, Apollo 13 was plagued with its problems, and went through a similar scenario; for those who believe in the powers of the mind, some could argue it was predictive, and others say life imitated any rate, the coincidence is interesting, and one imagines that either the Apollo 13 crew or their families might have seen this film before their mission, and pondered the possibilities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere to go and a universe to choose from 3 Jun 2010
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A sci fi movie made the year that Armstrong and Aldrin walked upon the surface of the moon. After completing a daring mission the crew of Ironman 1 are preparing for re-entry when their retro rocket misfires and its crew are trapped in orbit 200 miles above the earth. Richard Crenna, James Franciscus and Gene Hackman are the crew of the fated ship waiting for mission control to come up with a miracle to get them back to earth. NASA chief Charles Keith played by the stoic Gregory Peck has to make the decision, risk sending a ship on a recue mission or abandon the crew to a certain death. Chief Astronaut Ted Dougherty played by one time fugitive David Janssen is left to put together a rescue mission against all odds. No one could have predicted that the Apollo 13 mission launched the following year could have turned a fictional disaster into fact. Well acted with plenty of tension and a twist to the tale at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still strong and sound 21 Jun 2014
It's a pity the makers of "Gravity" appear to not have watched this before setting out on their movie, for it has everything "Gravity" lacks- plot, acting, tension, technical and scientific accuracy-as far as possible for the time, and a well-conceived and well-executed ending-again for the time.

The story is familiar; failure of an on-board system prevents re-entry of a spacecraft. A fine cast, ably led by the towering might of Gregory Peck, with Gene Hackman, and three actors we never see or saw enough of- James Franciscus, David Janssen and Richard Crenna. Good turns from the astronauts' wives and supporting cast, too.

I feel a little mean in only giving four stars, for it's a nine out of ten movie, and considering its time, infinitely superior to "Gravity". But the weaker special effects of the time hold it back a little. The three stars I gave "Gravity" compared with four stars for this flatters "Gravity" somewhat. Maybe someone will show these back to back as a double bill, so people can see that flashy filming techniques do not make a good movie- story, acting and tension certainly do, and this has those in spades.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The antidote to "Gravity" 30 Mar 2014
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A peril-in-space movie that has everything "Gravity" lacks: believable characters with believable emotional responses, a plausible problem with plausible solutions, half-decent dialogue and acting, and genuine ramping tension. It doesn't need a blaring overwrought score to let you know when you should be worried, and in fact it dispenses with music altogether, contenting itself with a little ambient electronic noodling here and there.
The special effects are dated, the acting is very 1960s. And there are occasional gltches in the astronautics, although far fewer than "Gravity" subjected us to.

But if you watch one "stranded in space" film this year, you should make it this one.
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