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The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi | 15 April 1968 (Denmark)
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 »

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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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He's an ASTRO-KNOTT turned ASTRONAUT in the Maddest Mixup in Space History!! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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15 April 1968 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Botcsinálta űrhajós  »

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The house the Flemings live in is the same set in which James Stewart and his aunts lived in "Harvey" (1950). See more »

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All through the film, during the various shots of the rocket launch and flight, the NASA stock footage that's used alternates between shots of a Saturn I vehicle and and Saturn V vehicle. See more »

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Roy Fleming: [kisses Ellie at the airport in front of everyone] Just good friends, Ma.
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Featured in Ironside: Five Miles High (1969) See more »

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Space Song
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Music by Joseph Gershenson
Lyrics by James Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
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weak movie with a few small laughs
21 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Roy Fleming (Don Knotts) plays an astronaut for the kids in a small town carnival. He's head over heels for fellow carnival worker Ellie Jackson (Joan Freeman). He is 35 and afraid of heights. His dominating father (Arthur O'Connell) doesn't listen to him. He had sent an application to NASA and they accepted. He tells the entire town and Roy reluctantly goes to Houston the next day. He is befriended by veteran astronaut Major Fred Gifford (Leslie Nielsen). It turns out that he's hired as an apprentice janitor supervised by Donelli (Jesse White). When his father and friends show up, Roy tries to pretend to be an astronaut. He causes general havoc and Donelli fires him.

Don Knotts is a likable performer with his big googly eyes. The jokes aren't sharp. There're a few passable laughs. It's more of a light kiddie movie. It's a little annoying because the misunderstanding can easily be explained away. If he has a backbone, he would just tell the truth. If he has any brains, he would tell them that he washed out of the astronaut program. The story is nothing more than poor sitcom material. The movie is generally weak with a few small laughs along the way.


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