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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

The Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman's Breast: If I don't like Venus, will you come get me?
Samuel Curtis: [pauses, grins] Believe me, you'll like it.
The Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman's Breast: What are you gonna' do?
Samuel Curtis: South America is where I'm gonna' go.
The Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman's Breast: Don't you fear the Yetis in Rio?
Samuel Curtis: No...
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Written by Cory McAbee, James Beaudreau, Michael Silverman (as Mike Silverman) and Robert Lurie (as Bobby Lurie)
Performed by The Billy Nayer Show with Gregory Russell Cook (as Gregory Russell Cook)
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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Independent film that combines the old style of both science fiction and western movies
10 July 2005 | by (Clemson University, South Carolina) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie originally as part of the Southern Film Circuit Series in the Fall of 2003, I was instantly amazed by the entire film, but unfortunately because I had to view at a separate time from the viewing at the theater I did not get a chance to talk with the filmmaker who made it, which I now incredibly regret. During the beginning of the movie when the words are uttered "but it's my birthday" got me immediately interested in the film and its weird quirkiness is definitely held during the entirety of the film. The movie hold an odd mixture between old western and old science fiction movies that give the film a certain nostalgia. The movie is odd, which I love, so if you are looking for a regular run of the mill film, this is most definitely not it. But if you give the film a chance, you just may be able to recognize the various references made throughout the film and the beauty that is this rare gem.


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