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The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi | 15 April 1968 (Denmark)
Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads ... See full summary »

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Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads for Houston, only to find out upon arriving that his job is a janitor, not an astronaut. Anxious to live up to the expectations of his domineering father, Roy manages to keep up a facade of being an astronaut to his family and friends. When NASA decides to launch a lay person into space to prove the worthiness of a new automated spacecraft, Roy gets the chance to confront his fears. Written by Teresa E Tutt <tuttt@rpi.edu>

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Boldly going where no coward has gone before. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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15 April 1968 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Botcsinálta űrhajós  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While the film makes a big deal about the United States launching the first person into space with no military experience, the feat had already been done, in real life, by the Russians. Not only was she the first woman in space, but Valentina Tereshkova was the first person with no military experience, and only person until the 1980s. See more »

Goofs

All through the film, during the various shots of the rocket launch and flight, the NASA stock footage that's used alternates between shots of a Saturn I vehicle and and Saturn V vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Roy Fleming: [seaching his suit jacket pocket for his airplane ticket] I can't find my ticket!
Mrs. Fleming: You can't find your ticket?
[fumbles in her purse]
Mrs. Fleming: Oh, here it is, here's your ticket!
Roy Fleming: I was kind of hoping it was lost.
Mrs. Fleming: Maybe you can tell the pilot not to drive the plane too high?
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Travellers (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Space Song
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Gershenson
Lyrics by James Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
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Low-budget nostalgia
5 June 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

After leaving TV's popular "The Andy Griffith Show", Don Knotts gave movie stardom a valiant try with a series of inane but matinée-pleasing comedy vehicles. Unfortunately, "The Reluctant Astronaut", filmed on the cheap (as were most of Knotts' movies), is much worse than his others. Don plays a small town schnook who gets accepted to Astronaut Training camp...but not as a candidate for space travel--they want him as their new janitor! Some may say the weak satire capitalizes on Americans' then-fresh fever for the new age of technology, but the flick is really just a dim excuse to keep restless children occupied. It gets off to a good start, with an OK set-up and nostalgic locations, but it becomes increasingly more spiritless and idiotic. * from ****


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