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The Reluctant Astronaut ()


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A NASA janitor is sent into space.

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Roy Fleming
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Major Fred Gifford
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Ellie Jackson
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Donelli
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Mrs. Fleming
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Plank
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Buck Fleming
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Blonde in Bar
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Bert
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Aunt Zana
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Rush
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Cervantes (as Robert Simon)
Robert Pickering ...
Moran
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Budd Albright ...
Officer (uncredited)
Thomas Bellin ...
Technician (uncredited)
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Woman at Mailbox (uncredited)
Jim Boles ...
Bartender (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ...
Engineer (uncredited)
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Frieda Wilcox (uncredited)
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First Bus Driver (uncredited)
Ceil Cabot ...
Waitress (uncredited)
Bob Carraway ...
Bob Friendly (uncredited)
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Man at Console (uncredited)
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Scientist (uncredited)
John Daheim ...
Startled Motorist (uncredited)
Fabian Dean ...
Second Bus Driver (uncredited)
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Secretary (uncredited)
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Technician (uncredited)
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Astronaut (uncredited)
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TV Newscaster (uncredited)
Cecil Elliott ...
Roselle Duncan - Woman with Dog (uncredited)
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Mary - Little Girl (uncredited)
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Charley (uncredited)
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White Shirt in Bar (uncredited)
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Niece (uncredited)
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Dr. Bowen (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ...
Engineer (uncredited)
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Technician (uncredited)
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Fireman (uncredited)
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Brown Shirt in Bar (uncredited)
Dorothy Konrad ...
Woman Playing Piano (uncredited)
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Second Janitor (uncredited)
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Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
Pat McCaffrie ...
Scotty (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ...
First Janitor (uncredited)
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Ned (uncredited)
Bill Neff ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Astronaut (uncredited)
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Dr. Lowe (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ...
Nasa Employee (uncredited)
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Captain Ferguson (uncredited)
Anthony Redondo ...
Observer on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
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Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Don Ross ...
Airport Ticket Clerk (uncredited)
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Airport Announcer / Man Mopping Floor in Film (uncredited)
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Personnel Clerk (uncredited)
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Engineer (uncredited)
Jimmy Stiles ...
Boy (uncredited)
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Dr. Bussart (uncredited)
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Technician (uncredited)
Gordon Yaeger ...
Jet Pack Piolet (uncredited)

Directed by

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Edward Montagne ... (as Edward J. Montagne)

Written by

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James Fritzell ... (written by) (as Jim Fritzell) and
Everett Greenbaum ... (written by)

Produced by

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Edward Montagne ... producer (as Edward J. Montagne)
Billy Sands ... associate producer

Music by

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Vic Mizzy

Cinematography by

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Rex Wimpy ... director of photography (as Rexford Wimpy)

Film Editing by

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Sam E. Waxman

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William D. DeCinces
Alexander Golitzen

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John P. Austin ... (as John Austin)
John McCarthy Jr. ... (as John McCarthy)

Costume Design by

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Rosemary Odell

Makeup Department

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Hank Edds ... makeup artist
Larry Germain ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Edward Muhl ... in charge of production
Wes Thompson ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Phil Bowles ... assistant director
James Welch ... assistant director

Art Department

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Robert George Freer ... leadman
William Nunley ... props (as Bill Nunley)

Sound Department

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Earl Crain Sr. ... sound (as Earl N. Crain Sr.)
William Schwartz ... sound
Waldon O. Watson ... sound
James V. Swartz ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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George Brown ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Albert Whitlock ... matte supervisor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jack Harris ... still photographer
John Hovanesak ... best boy
Earl Kennedy ... gaffer
Dean Paup ... grip
Joe Riggio ... grip

Music Department

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Joseph Gershenson ... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten ... musician (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco ... musician: guitar (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Bob Forrest ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Donald P. Desmond ... driver (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Harold Mendelsohn ... unit publicist
Walter Woodworth ... coordinator
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Boldly going where no coward has gone before. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Um Astronauta Fora de Órbita (Brazil)
  • Den skøre rumpilot (Denmark)
  • Botcsinálta űrhajós (Hungary)
  • Астронавт поневоле (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 101 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia According to Don Knotts's autobiography, the idea of the film originated during the writing of The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966). Knotts and screenwriter James Fritzell were in a tall building writing the script, but Fritzell's partner, Everett Greenbaum wouldn't join them because of his fear of heights. Knotts and Fritzell then began joking about the worst job to have if one was scared of heights. Being an astronaut was the top choice. See more »
Goofs Roy is said to be an only child, but he has four nieces. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Five Miles High (1969). See more »
Soundtracks Space Song See more »
Quotes Donelli: [hands Roy a broom] Here you are. Now in the mornings you sweep all locker area and boiler room. In the afternoons, you wet down and mop. Now the top of the lockers should be kept... clean at all times. They'll be inspected by me personally daily at 1700 hours. Now in the morning when you...
Roy Fleming: Excuse me sir, uh, is this all sorta like, uh, part of the training program?
Donelli: What training program?
Roy Fleming: You know...
[imitates rocket]
Roy Fleming: ... space.
Roy Fleming: THIS is your space: From there, to there, and I expect you to keep it clean Fleming! Now then...
Roy Fleming: You mean, I-I-I'm a, I'm a janitor?
Donelli: Heheheheheheheeheh! Why of course not! My boy, you are a WB-1074 *apprentice* janitor!
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