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The American Astronaut (2001)

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Samuel Curtis, an interplanetary trader, sets forth through a rustic and remote solar system, unaware that his old friend Professor Hess is trying to kill him.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Cory McAbee ...
Samuel Curtis / Silverminer
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Professor Hess
Gregory Russell Cook ...
The Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman's Breast
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Cloris
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Bodysuit
Joshua Taylor ...
Blueberry Pirate
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Old Man
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Eddie
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Lee Vilensky
Mark Manley ...
Henchman #1 (Hey Boy!)
Ned Sublette ...
Henchman #2 (Hey Boy!)
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Doorman
Doug McKean ...
Silverminer Jake
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Miner at Bar
George Piscopo ...
Mars Worker
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Storyline

Space travel has become a dirty way of life dominated by derelicts, grease monkeys, thieves, and hard-boiled interplanetary traders such as Samuel Curtis, an astronaut from Earth who deals in a rare goods, living or otherwise. His mission begins with the unlikely delivery of a cat to a small outer-belt asteroid saloon where he meets his former dance partner, and renowned interplanetary fruit thief, the Blueberry Pirate. As payment for his delivery of the cat, Curtis receives a homemade cloning device already in the process of creating a creature most rare in this space quadrant... a Real Live Girl. At the suggestion of the Blueberry Pirate, Curtis takes the Real Live Girl to Jupiter where women have long been a mystery. There, he proposes a trade with the owner of Jupiter: the Real Live Girl clone for the Boy Who Actually Saw A Woman's Breast. The Boy Who Actually Saw A Woman's Breast is regarded as royalty on the all-male mining planet of Jupiter because of his unique and exotic ... Written by nathue

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Space is a lonely town.

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20 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O amerikanos astronaftis  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,206 (USA) (12 October 2001)

Gross:

$33,884 (USA) (11 January 2002)
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According to the DVD director's commentary, moviegoers would come up to Cory McAbee during film festivals and ask where he got the Old Man to recite the "donut" joke, not realizing it was Tom Aldredge. See more »

Quotes

Samuel Curtis: [Commenting on The Boy's odd attire] How long they been makin' you dress like that?
The Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman's Breast: The word is not "make," it's "let." They let me wear whatever I want.
Samuel Curtis: I see.
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Party
Written by Cory McAbee, James Beaudreau, Michael Silverman (as Mike Silverman) and Robert Lurie (as Bobby Lurie)
Performed by The Billy Nayer Show with Rocco Sisto
Published by Fickey Music (BMI)
Courtesy of BSG Records
Administered and Licensed by BNS Productions
©2000 Cory McAbee, James Beaudreau, Mike Silverman and Bobby Lurie
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THIS is what I'm talkin' about!
25 May 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A true original. I loved this film and the wild wonderful universe that McAbee was able to create on what must have been a $1.80 budget. It has a hypnotic quality, off beat characters, and even a touching father /son relationship.. what more could you want? There is a rousing scene at the beginning when the astronaut walks from his ship to the space bar. His walk goes for some time while a wonderful instrumental plays. If you don't enjoy this part for its simplicity, you probably won't like the rest of the flick. While it dosn't look like this film will get a major distributer ( I got to see it at the Washington DC Film fest with McAbee there to discuss it!) the soundtrack album is available at americanastronaut.com. I'm listening to it as I write this! This is the fist movie in a long time that I have seen that I didn't want it to end.. McAbee knows the first rule of showbusiness: Always leave them wanting more!


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