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The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  27 August 1999 (USA)
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After an explosion in space and subsequent two-minute radio-out period, two astronauts return home to their wives. Slightly it's revealed that they're not the same as they were.

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A pair of shuttle astronauts leave their spacecraft to repair a satellite. There's an explosion. NASA loses contact for two minutes, but the both are rescued and safely returned to Earth. Eventually it becomes evident that neither of the astronauts is quite the same. Written by JHole

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Imagine the face of terror is the one you love. See more »

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Rated R for violence, language and a strong scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,027,003 (USA) (27 August 1999)

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SGD 451,241 (Singapore) (10 December 1999)
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Nick Cassavetes plays Capt. Streck; Nick's father, John Cassavetes starred in Rosemary's Baby (1968) which bares many similarities to this film. See more »

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When Jillian has just watched the Sherman Reese videotape, and Spencer comes in and scares her, Spencer says they should watch a video and goes to put it in. After all of the fuss with what the tape is, Spencer gets up to sit on the couch and as he does, you can see four shadows on the wooden wall behind him. See more »

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Spencer Armacost: It's just a nightmare, baby. You talk when you sleep.
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Spencer Armacost: Couldn't tell. Didn't sound like words really. More like sounds.
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Spencer Armacost: Well I'd think it would be strange if a first time mother wasn't scared.
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Average at best; better than some....
13 September 2004 | by (Alberta) – See all my reviews

I have to say, I always enjoy Johnny Depp's work. He is a chameleon; an actor who can take literally any role, who can step outside the boundaries of typecasting. And, his performance in this film is in no way weaker than any other character; it is merely a role that not many are likely to recall when asked about him. The film builds decently enough. Depp and Theron play a married couple, and a significant element of stress begins to grow on Theron following Depp's events during an orbital assignment given to his character.

I also like Charlize Theron; my one nitpick is how she seems to always find her way into these 'tormented woman' roles, like in the Devil's Advocate. Her skills are not necessarily hindered by this repetitiveness; I just find it a redundancy she needs to work beyond. Those of you watching this film for a horror-themed thriller are going to be mostly put off. This film really does not rely to such an extent the horror mechanisms; rather it builds the tension through a number of strictly dialogue scenes, using the plot to intrigue rather than scare tactics.

The ending - quite literally, the last twenty minutes, is the only place you're likely to see what may be called horror. I will not give away what happens here; you have to watch it and see. All I will say is that the ending left me anticipating more. That said, my overall opinion is this movie is satisfactory at best, not a true stand out in the annals of cinema history, but certainly not one of the poorest examples of the profession.


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