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Way... Way Out (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 26 October 1966 (USA)
In a futuristic world, the USA decides to send a married couple of astronauts to its moon base in order to prevent any improper contact with the Soviet female cosmonauts manning the USSR moon base.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

William Bowers, László Vadnay (as Laslo Vadnay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Peter Mattemore
Connie Stevens ... Eileen Forbes
Robert Morley ... Harold Quonset
Dennis Weaver ... Hoffman
Howard Morris ... Schmidlap
Brian Keith ... Gen. 'Howling Bull' Hallenby
Dick Shawn ... Igor Valkleinokov
Anita Ekberg ... Anna Soblova
William O'Connell ... Ponsonby
Bobo Lewis Bobo Lewis ... Esther Davenport
Sig Ruman ... Russian Delegate
Milton Frome ... American Delegate
Alexander D'Arcy ... Deuce Hawkins (as Alex D'Arcy)
Linda Harrison ... Peggy
James Brolin ... Ted Robertson
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Storyline

In 1989, the Americans and the Russians each have a two-person base on the moon. The Americans have had to keep replacing their astronaut teams because they quickly go crazy; they have been using only male astronauts on the unspoken assumption that this would avoid any possibility of impropriety. The Russians, as godless Communists, are under no such constraints, and their male-female team has remained well-adjusted. At the start of the film, a male and female American astronaut team is sent up to replace the sex-starved all-male team. The government insists on them being married first to preserve morality. Most of the story revolves around the eventual consummation of this marriage of convenience, and around their relationship with their Russian neighbors, who keep casually dropping by. Written by Bob Kanefsky

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Once Upon A Time In 1989, The Americans And The Russian Went To The Moon See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

Some of the sets were recycled for Lost in Space (1965) that was being filmed around about the same time. See more »

Goofs

During the elevator ride to board the rocket the building in the background doesn't change position or angle as it would in real life, revealing that the background film loop simply keeps repeating as the elevator supposedly passes each level. See more »

Quotes

Ponsonby: I'm afraid the fertilizer has hit the ventilator sir!
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Connections

Features Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Way... Way Out
Words by Hal Winn
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Sung by Gary Lewis & The Playboys (as Gary Lewis and the Playboys)
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"Way Out "is Fluffy but Essential Sixties Viewing
11 March 2006 | by billgbgSee all my reviews

We have VHS! So I rented it last night--first laid eyes on this gem back in '66 when I was ten years old. Ten year olds shouldn't see movies like this, hehe.

Jerry Lewis does less of his wacky character here, and tries playing it straight, not for gonzo laughs. He's nearly laid back compared to Robert Morley's curtain rattling performance as Jerry and Connie Stevens "first married couple on the moon. He's a handler like Leo G. Carroll was for Napoleon Solo in the Man From Uncle. Brian Keith appears several times in short inserts as a gruff-but-still-gruffer General who orders third act action where Jerry must "secure the moon".

Sure, all the sets are drenched in futuristic lighting as the story is set sometime after the Sixties, doesn't say when though. So in the background are cool concept cars of the future, during the Earth based scenes. You see solid patches of red and brilliant white furniture,(and very cool clear, plastic pillows), straight out of movies like "In Like Flint" or the British set designer for Sixties movies Ken Adam.

The Moon base location has cool looking pods for sleeping/working--and yes the patented "Batman"-style, big, blinking lights computers are strewn all over your eyeline, which I totally loved as a kid. Lighting-wise, the production simply pours all available light at all times during the indoor moon scenes, which has a television-feel about it; later verified by the technical names, especially Jack Martin Smith, who worked scores of sci-fi/fantasy pics during the Sixties for TV and low budget independents.

The film is super-sexy with tease galore supplied by Anita Ekberg's fab legs, shot from at least three angles during her opening house call on the American married couple living next door on the moon. There's all sort of adult-level innuendo that flew over my head at the time: things about wife swapping, watching two girls makeout on one's wedding night, and others that are cleverly enfolded into the dialog, some PC types of the Two-Thousands would call this "leering" and it probably is, hehe.

Dick Shawn as the Tarzan-like Russian counterpart to Jerry simply does his patented "thing" with grimacing and good accents. There's an extended sequence of everybody getting drunk and kinda swapping, which today's producers would be cutting out because bad things happen to people who drink to excess, right? --oh yeah everybody knows that. The drunk thing was big in the sixties for some reason. Dick Shawn's other picture that year "What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?" had him being drunk through days of story time.

Seeing this movie without any warning would certainly remind some of Austin Powers; it's inescapable really. However I saw this tonight with a 28 year old who reminded me, "Austin Powers got it's look from this, not the other way around"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Mondkalb See more »

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Budget:

$2,955,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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