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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:

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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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Nick Cassavetes plays Capt. Streck; Nick's father, John Cassavetes starred in Rosemary's Baby (1968) which bears many similarities to this film. See more »


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Spencer Armacost: I couldn't sleep. I was just listenin' to some music.
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Could have been a Classic Thriller
14 April 2004 | by (Lebanon) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie yesterday, and I was hooked to its haunting story till the end. First I have to say the performances were excellent, Johnny Depp still surprises me with his variety of roles, I can't imagine he could have done the hilarious role of Captain Jack Sparrow after this scary role.

His eyes were acting more than any part of his body and you could feel the slight change in his character through the stillness of his eyes. Charlize Theron gave a better performance than her Devil's advocate role although they had the same criteria, the disturbed wife. But her genuine agonizing performance distinguished her in this movie.

I noticed the music was a major pillar in this movie, it was like another main character in this movie, the editing was great also especially the scene in the subway. The story was an original also, it had good turn ups and twists.

The movie had all the right elements in general and it certainly doesn't deserve a 4.7 on the imdb. I think the voters were greatly disappointed after seeing all those good elements destroyed by the cheesy and typical ending that only producers could have had a part with, in order to make another sequel.

The ending by all means was bad, it destroyed the originality of the story and the tension build up. I give it an 7.5 for all the good elements, it would reached a 9.0 if the ending was different.

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