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The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)

Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Montagne (as Edward J. Montagne)

Writers:

James Fritzell (as Jim Fritzell), Everett Greenbaum
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don Knotts ... Roy Fleming
Leslie Nielsen ... Major Fred Gifford
Joan Freeman ... Ellie Jackson
Jesse White ... Donelli
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Fleming
Frank McGrath ... Plank
Arthur O'Connell ... Buck Fleming
Joan Shawlee ... Blonde in Bar
Guy Raymond ... Bert
Nydia Westman ... Aunt Zana
Paul Hartman ... Rush
Robert F. Simon ... Cervantes (as Robert Simon)
Robert Pickering Robert Pickering ... Moran
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Storyline

Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads for Houston, only to find out upon arriving that his job is a janitor, not an astronaut. Anxious to live up to the expectations of his domineering father, Roy manages to keep up a facade of being an astronaut to his family and friends. When NASA decides to launch a lay person into space to prove the worthiness of a new automated spacecraft, Roy gets the chance to confront his fears. Written by Teresa E Tutt <tuttt@rpi.edu>

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Boldly going where no coward has gone before. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1968 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Botcsinálta űrhajós See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Melissa Gilbert. See more »

Goofs

Hawaii had only become a state about 8 years before this movie was made. Perhaps no one knew how to properly pronounce some of the more obscure Hawaiian names, but when Roy was orbiting over Hawaii, Fred Gifford (Leslie Nielsen) says he is now over the "Kauai tracking station", pronouncing it "Cow-Eye". See more »

Quotes

Roy Fleming: [seaching his suit jacket pocket for his airplane ticket] I can't find my ticket!
Mrs. Fleming: You can't find your ticket?
[fumbles in her purse]
Mrs. Fleming: Oh, here it is, here's your ticket!
Roy Fleming: I was kind of hoping it was lost.
Mrs. Fleming: Maybe you can tell the pilot not to drive the plane too high?
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Connections

Featured in Ironside: Five Miles High (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Space Song
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Gershenson
Lyrics by James Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
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A lovable flick
20 September 2006 | by russjdSee all my reviews

A lovable - adorable - cute - funny flick - great for very young kids - wonderful - i loved it when i was a kid and its still better than all the violent bad mouth pictures parents let their kids watch to day! how could you not like it? anyone who says different is a grumpy olé fart!

(After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program)- already a classic! the best is yet to come!

(When NASA decides to launch a lay person into space to prove the worthiness of a new automated spacecraft, Roy gets the chance to confront his fears) now the fun really hits the mark!

this is even better for all of us who grew up with a space programs http://www.spaceimages.com/gemini.html http://www.spaceimages.com/more-classic-oldies-mercury-gemini.html http://www.spaceimages.com/apollo810.html


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