Best Movie Lines - Apollo 13

How many times have I watched Apollo 13?  Can't keep track.  I love this film.

I have an emotional connection to this movie for two important reasons.

One, my father was a rocket scientist.  Yep, he worked for Martin Marietta in the 60's.  Childhood was filled with early morning or late night viewings of each and everything they ever broadcast about the Mercury and Apollo missions.  It's in my DNA.  I'm still  obsessed. 

Two, I met Jim Lovell.  In my industry I have the opportunity to meet many high profile people.  Politicians, Athletes, Musicians, and all the other Celebrity types. 

Only once have I EVER asked to have my picture taken.........that happened when I met Jim Lovell.  I asked for, and posed for, a picture with Jim Lovell.  How often do you get to meet an Apollo astronaut?  (I think, as we speak, that photo is on my Dad's desk).  I was impressed to meet Jim Lovell.

So I watch Apollo 13 whenever I see it on the guide.  And yes, I always cry.

But my favorite line in the movie is when Marilyn Lovell is trying to distract her mother-in-law, while the TV reports are coming in about the precarious situation.  She introduces her to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Marilyn Lovell: Blanche, Blanche, these nice young men are going to watch the television with you. This is Neil Armstrong, and this is Buzz... Aldrin.

Neil Armstrong: Hi.

Blanche Lovell: Are you boys in the space program too?

If that's not funny to you, go research the Space Program.

So many great things to be found online on this subject.

See what I found .................BBC's coverage.  Note the anchor with his finger's crossed.


Anonymous said…
This is the father who as a teen read all the Life, Collier, & Look magazines about future space travel and found himself in his early 20's writing test procedures for launch equipment at Cape Canaveral during the period of the "Right Stuff". Be careful what you wish for. "WOW"!
The events of Apollo XIII had a profound effect on me too.

To mark 40 years since the event I wrote a song about it called 'So Near Yet So Far." If anyone is entitled to use that cliché it is Jim Lovell.

You can listen to it at: So Near Yet So Far
P. Griffin said…
I'm watching Apollo 13 at this very moment - I can't count how many times I've watched this movie and yes, I also tear up every time...

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