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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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Musical | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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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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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

Lee Vilensky: You will all partake in fresh fruit, brought here by the Blueberry Pirate himself. And I will partake in fresh fruit and sexual intercourse, an act in which we are all a stranger, but which, upon my return, I will describe to you in great detail.
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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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The DVD is fantastic
21 May 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw the film at the Toronto Film Festival in 2001 and loved it. Just rented the DVD and it's a treat. Not only did I enjoy the film even more than the first viewing, but I immediately rewatched it via the Director's Commentary. The commentary makes you love the film exponentially more if only because it's done in a unique way: Cory McAbee narrates at a live screening, taking questions from the audience. McAbee is uniquely eloquent in his commentary. I've heard many commentaries that simply leave me numb, praying for narcolepsy to strike. Instead, the heart and mind of a true Renaissance man were revealed, imbuing the film (and the music) with new life (just when you thought you couldn't love a film more). There are some perfect cinematic scenes in this film. I watch literally hundreds of films a year and it's rare that I'm surprised by some narrative trope but to my joy, Hey Boy! is there to give me new faith in cinema. However impressed I was with Cory McAbee before, now I'm awestruck. And it's always a treat to hear Brian Eno's name a few times in a commentary. Wow. Congratulations.


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