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

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Release Date:

27 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El engendro  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


SGD 451,241 (Singapore) (10 December 1999)

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Clea Duvall (Nan) can be seen wearing blue contacts during several scenes in the movie. Some scenes she sports her natural brown eyes See more »


When Spencer and Jillian are at the cocktail reception in New York, Jillian is speaking with the rude woman who criticizes her clothes. As they are walking, they walk past a woman with a large pearl necklace who then kisses the gentleman she is with. Moments later, Jillian walks past the same woman again. See more »


Spencer Armacost: I love you, Jillian.
Jillian Armacost: No, you don't
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Payoff could've been better
14 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Up to about ninety percent through the film, The Astronaut's seems to be on course to being something special. Leads Depp and Theron are very convincing in their roles and they are backed by a very competent supporting cast led by the always reliable Joe Morton (T2, Speed, Bounce, Paycheck, Smallville). The special effects and cinematography are well done and the pacing and building of suspense entice the viewer to unravel the mystery along with the protagonist. Unfortunately the revelation doesn't quite live up to the buildup leaving the viewer more than a little dissatisfied. Despite the letdown I still recommend this movie on the strength of the performances and on the fact that is a rare hybrid of the science fiction and thriller genres. 7/10.

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