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The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Patraba
NASA Director
Shelly McLaren
Jackson McLaren
Allen Dodge
Lucy Lin ...
Shelly Carter
Michael Crider ...
Pat Elliott
Jacob Stein ...
Calvin, 2nd Grade Student
Timothy Wicker ...
Wide Eyed Kid #1


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 »


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$4,027,003, 29 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Good acting, entertaining story, better than expected
22 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Before watching this movie, I was slightly put off by the other reviews.. I thought it was perhaps one of those movies that you can either love or hate but no one fully understands it.. but no.. it isn't the most brilliant movie ever, but it's good! the story is a bit simple, but entertaining enough! Makes you tense like any thriller should, makes you wait what turns out. Some compare it to Rosemary's baby but from the space, although I think I know where this comparison comes from, I strongly disagree. And I need to add that Astronaut's Wife in my opinion is a far more entertaining movie to watch than Rosemary's baby. Overall pleasant way to spend your time.. Just don't expect a masterpiece and you will enjoy it.

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