In Some Ways, Making ‘Apollo 13’ Was ‘Impossible’ For Ron Howard

The real Apollo 13 mission took place over the course of a week, between April 11-17, 1970. Of course, there’s little demand for a week-long movie, so director Ron Howard found himself in the difficult position of taking an historical event that was fraught with near-continuous drama and condensing it down to a reasonable playing time. (Apollo 13 eventually clocked in at 140 minutes.) At the time of the film’s release, Howard talked to us about the challenges posed by dramatizing a real-life event in which some of the situations seemed almost too surreal to be true. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ron Howard)


Apollo 13 is available on DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K, and most digital platforms.

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