Marooned

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • G
  • Adventure, Science Fiction

Gripping, yet starkly realistic, portrayal of three astronauts (Crenna, Hackman, and Franciscus) on an extended special mission who find themselves unable to reenter the Earth's atmosphere. Peck plays the commander at the Houston base who tries to call the right shots from the ground. As the oxygen supply diminishes, the stranded astronauts must face the...read more

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Gripping, yet starkly realistic, portrayal of three astronauts (Crenna, Hackman, and Franciscus) on an extended special mission who find themselves unable to reenter the Earth's atmosphere. Peck plays the commander at the Houston base who tries to call the right shots from the ground. As

the oxygen supply diminishes, the stranded astronauts must face the inevitability of death. Hackman breaks down in a fit of tears while talking to his wife over intercommunications television. When Peck suggests that one of the men commit suicide to allow enough oxygen for the remaining two,

nobody takes him up on it. But soon after, commander Crenna, on the pretext of going outside to repair something, detaches himself from the ship, floating to his death in outer space. Just as the two remaining men have given up any hope of surviving, Russian cosmonauts come to their rescue with a

new supply of oxygen. Film offers a combination of highly technical jargon and emotional suspense in a well-balanced effort. The technical effects are extremely realistic, making the impact of the film much more powerful. The tension-creating performances and the development of the plot are almost

ruined by an unrealistic, tacked-on ending. The film won an Oscar for Best Special Visual Effects and was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

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