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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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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 »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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

[Mattemore staggers into Quonset's office in spasms, propped up by Ponsonby]
Harold Quonset: What's going on?
Ponsonby: I don't know. I- I just got him out of them centrifuge and... and...
[places Mattemore in chair]
Ponsonby: there it was.
Harold Quonset: [to Mattemore] Does that thing always affect you like that?
Pete Mattemore: No... NO, uh, only when it turns... only when it turns.
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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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Mildly interesting and that's about all...
29 July 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Way...Way Out" is an unusual Jerry Lewis film mostly because it isn't really a comedy. Sure, it has a few laughs here and there, but the overall effect is more like a commentary about the Cold War than a funny film. To put it bluntly, it isn't particularly funny--though it is interesting.

The film is set in the near future. There is an American and Russian base on the Moon and both are quite small--with two persons in each. As for the American base, the men aboard keep going crazy--presumably because they cannot function without women. But, the Russians have sent a man-woman team and their base is functioning much better. So, the head of the American space agency (an oddly cast Robert Morley) has determined that the next team going to the station will be married. The problem is that the next man scheduled to go (Jerry Lewis) is single and has no particular plans to marry. But, when told they want him to marry a pretty lady (Connie Stevens), he's in favor of the idea--but she isn't. So, the pair agree to go and to marry but not to consummate the marriage. The rest of the film is basically waiting until Stevens changes her mind. In between there is a pretty silly (and forgettable) plot involving the two Russians (Dick Shawn and Anita Ekberg).

The bottom line is that the film lacks laughs but is also inoffensive and an interesting look into the times in which it was made. A must for Lewis fans--otherwise, an inoffensive time-passer and nothing more.

By the way, I am not sure why but if you watch the veteran actor Sig Ruman closely, you can tell his voice is dubbed. Perhaps he had trouble doing the Russian accent credibly.


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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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