The movie was adapted by Robert Towne from the novel by Darryl Ponicsan[?]. It was directed by Hal Ashby[?].
It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Nicholson), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Randy Quaid) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
... cause of the failure was likely due to shrapnel piercing the station when the discarded Proton rocket upper stage that had placed it in orbit later exploded nearby.
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