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The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)

 -  Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi  -  14 June 1967 (USA)
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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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Bert
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Robert F. Simon ...
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Moran
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Storyline

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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14 June 1967 (USA)  »

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

According to Don Knotts's autobiography, the idea of the film originated during the writing of The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966). Knotts and screenwriter James Fritzell were in a tall building writing the script, but Fritzell's partner, Everett Greenbaum wouldn't join them because of his fear of heights. Knotts and Fritzell then began joking about the worst job to have if one was scared of heights. Being an astronaut was the top choice. See more »

Goofs

The NASA weather reporter indicates sky conditions will be "CAVU" (clear and visibility unlimited) for the launch. When Roy arrives at the space center on launch day,though, it's an overcast sky. Just minutes later, at the base of the rocket, it's mostly sunny with a few clouds. 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

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Space Song
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Gershenson
Lyrics by James Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
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A lovable flick
20 September 2006 | by (United States - New York - Long Island) – See all my reviews

A lovable - adorable - cute - funny flick - great for very young kids - wonderful - i loved it when i was a kid and its still better than all the violent bad mouth pictures parents let their kids watch to day! how could you not like it? anyone who says different is a grumpy olé fart!

(After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program)- already a classic! the best is yet to come!

(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) now the fun really hits the mark!

this is even better for all of us who grew up with a space programs http://www.spaceimages.com/gemini.html http://www.spaceimages.com/more-classic-oldies-mercury-gemini.html http://www.spaceimages.com/apollo810.html


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