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The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)

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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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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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He's an ASTRO-KNOTT turned ASTRONAUT in the Maddest Mixup in Space History!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved
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Release Date:

15 April 1968 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Botcsinálta űrhajós  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(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

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 »

Quotes

Rush: [reading sign next to mock up] "Representation of Lunar Surface"
Buck Fleming: This here, is what your moon looks like.
Rush: Oh...
Plank: [steps up onto mock up] Take a picture of me standin' on the moon!
Rush: Aw, that ain't really the moon!
Plank: We don't have to tell anybody.
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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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Don Knots goofiness
2 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite the unrealistic final act that results from a pretty ordinary wacky sitcom premise, RA is able to deliver the out of orbit laughs it deserves due to comic legend and extraordinary nerdy actor, Don Knots. Leslie Nelson co-stars as a straight non-wacky non-funny man. It's interesting to see him play it straight after watching him in so many satirical and parody-type films.

It may not be the smartest comedy ever to hit the screen, but it's fun and you could stick it in your DVD player and not have to worry about what lasting effect it would leave on your young ones. It may be somewhat unrealistic but it works and is still smarter and more intelligent then a lot of kid themed flicks that are made today. You can even pick out the logical inconsistencies with your kids and make it into a educational film, while still having a fun time.


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