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


Toward the end of the movie when Spencer follows Jillian to their apartment, she locks the door and engages the deadbolt. Moments later Spencer is seen trying to get in, screaming for her and banging on the door, until he finally breaks the door open. In a previous scene when Spencer finds Jillian in the bathroom about to take the abortion pills, she tries to escape from him and runs through the hallway only to find him, to her surprise, waiting for her in the entryway which he could only have been accessed through the same way she just came, implying that he teleported or walked through the walls, which he could have easily done when he was trying to get into the apartment. See more »


Jillian: He's hiding inside me.
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Referenced in Apollo 18 (2011) See more »


Four Beat Cha Cha Cha
Written by Tito Puente
Performed by Tito Puente and His Orchestra
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Average at best; better than some....
13 September 2004 | by 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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