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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

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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Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1989. See more »

Goofs

On their first night on the moon the valve on Pete's pillow appears and disappears. See more »

Quotes

[loading the sex-crazed Schmilap onto the return vessel]
Pete Mattemore: When do you untie him?
Hoffman: When I rendezvous with Deuce in the main ship, and get some help.
Schmidlap: NOTHIN'S gonna help ya Hoffman! You no good dir...
[Hoffman yanks the cord on Schmidlap's suit radio. Schmidlap continues shouting in silence, until quieted by a few blows by Hoffman to the side of his helmet]
Pete Mattemore: What happens when Schmidlap gets back, and there's girls all over the place?
Hoffman: Oh I don't know... I honestly don't know... If I could just get him ...
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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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Jerry at his very... very worst!
18 February 2000 | by BobLibSee all my reviews

Believe me, any of those French critics who can see this odious mess and STILL consider Jerry Lewis a genius ought to be drowned in their own vichysoisse! Jerry is at his most self-indulgent on this project, and isn't helped by a lot of leering jokes that even a horny twelve-year-old would consider in bad taste. The all-but-incomprehensible plot and sluggish acting don't help, either. Only bright spot about this film is the underrated, under-used Dick Shawn as Jerry's Russian counterpart.

At least a good director experienced in handling Jerry, like Frank Tashlin or Norman Taurog, could have possibly made something out of this, but Gordon Douglas was always a director (?) whose main virtue was that he could bring in films on-time and at or under budget. Douglas' films were successful because of either their stars or stories ("Robin and the Seven Hoods," the Carroll Baker "Harlow"), but he himself was a director of workmanlike competence and no more. It's a reputation he upholds here, with his indulgent direction and sluggish pacing.

All of which proves, once again, that Jerry Lewis' last really good film on his own was "The Nutty Professor." After that, he started believing his press clippings, especially his foreign ones, and, after a while, he wasn't as much funny as downright pathetic. And "Way... Way Out" is a textbook example of this.


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