View Full Version : Movie opening: Apollo 1 flash fire

Saint Fool
06-10-2007, 09:55 AM
OK. I'm making myself crazy here.

I have a memory of a movie (drama I thought, maybe documentary) that opened with a recounting of the flash fire that killed three astronauts. And I thought it was Apollo 13. But it isn't.

Anybody here remember something like that?

06-10-2007, 10:37 AM
From the Earth to the Moon, Part 2


06-10-2007, 10:40 AM
Are you sure Apollo 13 doesn't open with a brief scene like that? I think it does... at least that's how I remember it.

06-10-2007, 11:01 AM
Every search I do says Apollo 13 opens with a gathering of astronauts at the home of Jim and Marilyn Lovell. Maybe there's something before that, in the credits? I have no business answering this thread anyway--I haven't seen either movie. Just going by my quick internet search.

06-10-2007, 11:42 AM
According to the transcript of the film (I don't have the DVD handy or I'd just watch it) They do briefly show the Apollo flash-fire tragedy in the briefest of moments... and then head into the BBQ.

From Drew's Script-o-Rama (http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/a/apollo-13-script.html)

Flight, we have the crew
crossing gantry for
capsule Ingress.

-Roger that.
- Inspired by the late
President Kennedy,

in only seven years, America
has risen to the challenge...

of what he called
the most hazardous and dangerous
and greatest adventure...

on which man
has ever embarked.

- After trailing the Russians
for years with our manned
space program,
- We got a short.

- and after that sudden
and horrible fire
on the launch pad...
- Fire in the spacecraft.

during a routine test that
killed American astronauts...

Gus Grissom, Ed White
and Roger Chaffee,

- Get us out of here!
- there were serious doubts that
we could beat the Russians
to the moon.

But tonight, a mere 18 months
after the tragedy ofApollo 1,

the entire world watched in awe
as Neil Armstrong
and Buzz Aldrin...

landed on the moon.

The big, uh, news came
just a moment ago.

Mission Control gave the
spacecraft permission to go...

for the extravehicular
activity-- that is, for
the walk on the moon--

far earlier
than anticipated:

9:00 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time.

Now the important thing
when you're penetrating
the lunar module...

is your attitude
and your relative speed.

Now let's say this is me
here in the command module,
and this is you.

- All right. Uh-huh.
- In the LEM. This thing
sticks out here in front,
that's called the probe.

- Is that true?
- Absolutely.

A-A-And, Tracey, I'll tell ya,
when you feel that thing slide
in, everything's clickin',

it's like no other
feeling in the world.

- Little liquid propulsion.
- What's the big occasion?

Hey, how's it goin'
over there in Mission Control?

Oh, it's a nervous time.
They're pacin' around,
smokin' like chimneys.

Gene Kranz is gonna have
puppies. Jim Lovell.

- Hi.
- This is Tracey.
- How do you do, Tracey?
- This. This is the man.

-Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8.
- Stop it, Swigert.

They were the first ones around
the moon. This guy did ten laps.

Yeah, with one hand on the
wheel. You guys make yourselves
at home. Hey, Marilyn.

06-10-2007, 08:32 PM
Was it in The Right Stuff maybe?

Saint Fool
06-10-2007, 09:10 PM
Thank you dclary - when I recorded it years ago, apparently I didn't catch the first minute of the movie.