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'Apollo 13'

April 26, 1998|Kenneth Turan

"Apollo 13," directed by Ron Howard from a script by William Broyles Jr. and Al Reinert based on Lovell's book, has none of the kind of bemused tweaking Tom Wolfe gave the space program in "The Right Stuff." This 1995 film is wall-to-wall with straight-arrow, manly types like Lovell, inevitably played by Tom Hanks (pictured), who are such wholesome heroes that it's something of a shock to remember that all this took place in 1970, not the 1950s of "Father Knows Best" (ABC Sunday ad Saturday at 8 p.m.).

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