Marooned (1969)

G | 133 mins | Science fiction | 1969

Director:

John Sturges

Writer:

Mayo Simon

Producer:

Mike Frankovich

Cinematographer:

Daniel L. Fapp

Editor:

Walter Thompson

Production Designer:

Lyle Wheeler

Production Company:

Frankovich Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed at Cape Kennedy and in ... More Less

Location scenes filmed at Cape Kennedy and in Houston. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An M. J. Frankovich-John Sturges Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog 2d unit
Aerial photog
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff
Spec visual eff
Video supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Executive prod mgr
Scr supv
Tech adv
Tech adv
Dial coach
Photography cons
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Marooned by Martin Caidin (New York, 1964).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1969
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 11 December 1969
Copyright Claimant:
Frankovich Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 December 1969
Copyright Number:
LP37888
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastmancolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
133
MPAA Rating:
G
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

A space team consisting of pilot Buzz Lloyd, scientist Clayton Stone, and mission commander Jim Pruett tests man's endurance in outer space. Observing that the crew's efficiency has faltered after five months, Houston supervisor Charles Keith orders its return. Upon reentry, however, the ship malfunctions, leaving the astronauts with no means of reaching earth. Veteran astronaut Ted Dougherty and a presidential mandate compel the reluctant Keith to mount a rescue effort. As the astronauts' oxygen runs out, the rescue mission races against time. When the launching of Dougherty's spaceship from Cape Kennedy is delayed by a hurricane, the astronauts' wives are brought to Houston for televised conversations with their husbands. During his interview Lloyd becomes hysterical, in so doing consuming additional oxygen. To compensate for this loss Keith suggests a sacrificial suicide, a possibility which the team rejects. Leaving the vehicle to correct a mechanical defect, Pruett rips his suit and floats away in space. Although the oxygen has dangerously diminished, Stone donates his supply to Lloyd, breathing the little left inside the ship's cabin. Panicking, Lloyd opens the hatch, depleting Stone's precious store. As hope dims, a Russian spaceship arrives with sufficient oxygen to maintain the American ... +


A space team consisting of pilot Buzz Lloyd, scientist Clayton Stone, and mission commander Jim Pruett tests man's endurance in outer space. Observing that the crew's efficiency has faltered after five months, Houston supervisor Charles Keith orders its return. Upon reentry, however, the ship malfunctions, leaving the astronauts with no means of reaching earth. Veteran astronaut Ted Dougherty and a presidential mandate compel the reluctant Keith to mount a rescue effort. As the astronauts' oxygen runs out, the rescue mission races against time. When the launching of Dougherty's spaceship from Cape Kennedy is delayed by a hurricane, the astronauts' wives are brought to Houston for televised conversations with their husbands. During his interview Lloyd becomes hysterical, in so doing consuming additional oxygen. To compensate for this loss Keith suggests a sacrificial suicide, a possibility which the team rejects. Leaving the vehicle to correct a mechanical defect, Pruett rips his suit and floats away in space. Although the oxygen has dangerously diminished, Stone donates his supply to Lloyd, breathing the little left inside the ship's cabin. Panicking, Lloyd opens the hatch, depleting Stone's precious store. As hope dims, a Russian spaceship arrives with sufficient oxygen to maintain the American astronauts. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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