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Way... Way Out (1966)

In a futuristic world, the USA decides to send a married couple of astronauts to its moon base in order to prevent any improper contact with the Soviet female cosmonauts manning the USSR moon base.

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Cast

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Peter Mattemore
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Eileen Forbes
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Harold Quonset
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Hoffman
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Schmidlap
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Gen. 'Howling Bull' Hallenby
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Igor Valkleinokov
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Anna Soblova
William O'Connell ...
Ponsonby
Bobo Lewis ...
Esther Davenport
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Deuce Hawkins (as Alex D'Arcy)
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Peggy
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Ted Robertson
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In 1989, the Americans and the Russians each have a two-person base on the moon. The Americans have had to keep replacing their astronaut teams because they quickly go crazy; they have been using only male astronauts on the unspoken assumption that this would avoid any possibility of impropriety. The Russians, as godless Communists, are under no such constraints, and their male-female team has remained well-adjusted. At the start of the film, a male and female American astronaut team is sent up to replace the sex-starved all-male team. The government insists on them being married first to preserve morality. Most of the story revolves around the eventual consummation of this marriage of convenience, and around their relationship with their Russian neighbors, who keep casually dropping by. Written by Bob Kanefsky

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26 October 1966 (USA)  »

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Das Mondkalb  »

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$2,955,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title song, "Way . . . Way Out", is performed by Jerry Lewis' son's band, Gary Lewis & The Playboys. See more »

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On their first night on the moon the valve on Pete's pillow appears and disappears. See more »

Quotes

[Mattemore staggers into Quonset's office in spasms, propped up by Ponsonby]
Harold Quonset: What's going on?
Ponsonby: I don't know. I- I just got him out of them centrifuge and... and...
[places Mattemore in chair]
Ponsonby: there it was.
Harold Quonset: [to Mattemore] Does that thing always affect you like that?
Pete Mattemore: No... NO, uh, only when it turns... only when it turns.
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Way... Way Out
Words by Hal Winn
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Sung by Gary Lewis & The Playboys (as Gary Lewis and the Playboys)
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It Seemed A Lot Funnier In The Theater
23 October 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Way back in the day when I saw this Jerry Lewis film in the theater it seemed a whole lot funnier. I guess the laughs haven't worn that well in 40 years. Certainly their predictions of the future certainly didn't wear that well.

Way Way Out has the USA and the USSR still grappling in the Cold War with the newest theater of that war being the Moon where both superpowers have set up weather stations in the year 2000. The Russians have Anita Ekberg and Dick Shawn there, but being the atheistic Communists they are, the couple has been sent up without benefit of clergy.

But Americans being the moral people that they are have reservations about that. Two men, Dennis Weaver and Howard Morris, have been on the Moon for a year and the sexual tensions are showing badly, especially on Morris. What's fascinating here is that the obvious relief for such tensions isn't hinted or implied. Remember this was America before Stonewall.

So last minute astronaut Jerry Lewis is given a female partner in Connie Stevens in which they say the vows for convention's sake, but don't plan to do any deeds. Bad for the American image if a man and woman live alone on the Moon without being married, we're not godless and atheistic like those Russians.

So the usual situations involving sex, the Cold War, and sex and the Cold War are brought into the story of Way Way Out. Merely the fact that history did not go the way that this film indicates lessens the laughs considerably.

Jerry is more restrained than usual except when he does a drunk act with Shawn after they both get crocked on vodka. Shawn, Robert Morley as the NASA administrator and Brian Keith as an Air Force General go to town in their overacted parts.

Way Way Out belongs in the third tier of Jerry Lewis's films.


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