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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.


Gordon Douglas


William Bowers, László Vadnay (as Laslo Vadnay)




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


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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Comedy | Sci-Fi


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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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Moderately amusing for about half its length...
13 August 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

In 1989, the U.S. Air Force wants to send a newlywed couple into outer space to live on the moon in a space-station for a year; after the first couple drops out, alternate Jerry Lewis is chosen, but he's a bachelor...enter Connie Stevens as a prospective bride. Good-looking Jerry Lewis vehicle is amusingly naive about the future, and yet frustratingly silly regarding sexual matters (Disney's "Moon Pilot" from 1961 was actually much friskier!). Lewis is more restrained than usual, Stevens (despite an odd, helium-sounding speaking voice) is effervescent, and the art direction and decoration is a '60s dream (complete with clear plastic inflatable furniture!). Unfortunately, the script completely peters out once the couple gets launched, and the dreary sub-plots involving bachelors-in-space Dennis Weaver and Howard Morris and sexy Russian cosmonaut Anita Ekberg fail to rouse any laughs. *1/2 from ****

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Release Date:

26 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Mondkalb See more »


Box Office


$2,955,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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