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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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

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 answers the phone]
Professor Hess: Guess who this is?
Samuel Curtis: Professor Hess.
Professor Hess: That's right! You got it on the first try! For that, you get a kiss!
Samuel Curtis: I'll pass.
Professor Hess: W-what? You think I'd kiss you? You'd love it if I'd kiss you. And I would never kiss you.
Samuel Curtis: You said you were going to kiss me.
Professor Hess: I never said I'd kiss you. I never said that. You just want me to kiss you!
Samuel Curtis: Um... not really.
Professor Hess: Oh. I'm not good enough to kiss you. Is that what you're saying?
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Soundtracks

Like Nothing Ever Heard
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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Instant Cult Classic
10 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The American Astronaut is like a 60s sci-fi on acid. It's warped and doesn't make much sense. It doesn't have a strong plot and definitely isn't for everyone. But, I did find myself laughing at certain points and I enjoyed it.

There is a scene where the main character is on the toilet in the bathroom and two guys follow him in there. You're certain they're about to beat him up....until they plug in their record player and start singing to him. It's like West Side Story in another dimension. The Ceres jumping (their version of moon walking) in sync with the music makes for another great scene. This movie was born a cult classic.


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