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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
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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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Musical | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

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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Trivia

The DVD includes a very unusual "Director's Comments" feature. Cory McAbee showed the movie in a Brooklyn pool hall, and had a question-and-answer session with the audience while the movie was screened. The audio recording of his interaction with the audience replaces the standard movie audio when the comments feature is selected. See more »

Quotes

The Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman's Breast: When I get to Venus can I get a dog?
Samuel Curtis: [Thoughtful pause] Dogs can't live on Venus. When they roll on their backs, the pressure twists their guts up, and it kills them.
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Soundtracks

Sand Man
Written by Cory McAbee, James Beaudreau, and Robert Lurie (as Bobby Lurie)
Performed by The Billy Nayer Show
Published by Fickey Music (BMI)
Courtesy of BSG Records
Administered and Licensed by BNS Productions
©2000 Cory McAbee, James Beaudreau, and Bobby Lurie
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14 February 2007 | by (after college somewhere) – See all my reviews

Why didn't anyone ever say anything about this movie to me? For shame, all of you. This is the best semi-gay, black and white, sci-fi, indy musical I've ever partially seen. I'm going home to finish it right now.

McAbee's other work can be found on YouTube. Short films with a lot of spunk and conviction. The Ketchup and Mustard Man (1994), The Man on the Moon (1993), and Billy Nayer (1992) prove to me this is a person who finds the term 'filmmaker' fits him like a glove. How does this guy put off that vibe like he's been doing this forever?

The American Astronaut, his 2001 feature film couldn't be more original. Featuring choreography, costuming and musical numbers that at first come out of left field and soon become eagerly anticipated surprises. The fact that there is no budget for this sci-fi space adventure does not seem to get in the way at all. I had seen Billy Nayer before watching this film, so I was prepared to see a film with a firm foothold in the music video world. Not that anything could really prepare you for viewing The American Astronaut.


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