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The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi  |  15 April 1968 (Denmark)
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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 ... 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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Trivia

The film was set for release shortly after the Apollo 1 fire which took the lives of 3 astronauts, which raised questions about the appropriateness of releasing a space themed comedy film so close to the tragedy. See more »

Goofs

When Fleming respools the capsule's programming tape, he has accidentally gotten the peanut butter mixed in with it. The tape reels are so clogged, they cannot play. Later, when Fleming looks out the capsule window at Hawaii, the tape reels are seen in the background running normally. The peanut butter then returns in subsequent shots. See more »

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Donelli: [hands Roy a broom] Here you are. Now in the mornings you sweep all locker area and boiler room. In the afternoons, you wet down and mop. Now the top of the lockers should be kept... clean at all times. They'll be inspected by me personally daily at 1700 hours. Now in the morning when you...
Roy Fleming: Excuse me sir, uh, is this all sorta like, uh, part of the training program?
Donelli: What training program?
Roy Fleming: You know...
[imitates rocket]
Roy Fleming: ... space.
Roy Fleming: THIS is your space: From there, to there, and I expect you to keep ...
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Soundtracks

Space Song
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Gershenson
Lyrics by James Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
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Scared Of Heights.
2 November 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Don Knotts stars as amusement park ride operator Roy Fleming, who is afraid of heights, but whose father Buck(played by Arthur O'Connell) sends in a job application on his behalf to NASA, and is surprised to find that Roy has been hired! Upon arrival in Houston, Roy is dismayed to learn that he is a janitor, not an astronaut, and his supervisor(played by Jessie White) isn't sympathetic at all, though a friendly Major(played by Leslie Nielsen) does offer friendship, despite Roy's outrageous efforts to convince his family he is really an astronaut... Silly and thin comedy is quite innocuous as family friendly entertainment, but too unbelievable and predictable to succeed.


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