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The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

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After an explosion in space and subsequent two-minute radio-out period, two astronauts return home to their wives. Slightly it's revealed that they're not the same as they were.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Commander Spencer Armacost
Charlize Theron ... Jillian Armacost
Joe Morton ... Sherman Reese, NASA Representative
Clea DuVall ... Nan
Donna Murphy ... Natalie Streck
Nick Cassavetes ... Capt. Alex Streck
Samantha Eggar ... Dr. Patraba
Gary Grubbs ... NASA Director
Blair Brown ... Shelly McLaren
Tom Noonan ... Jackson McLaren
Tom O'Brien ... Allen Dodge
Lucy Lin Lucy Lin ... Shelly Carter
Michael Crider Michael Crider ... Pat Elliott
Jacob Stein Jacob Stein ... Calvin, 2nd Grade Student
Timothy Wicker Timothy Wicker ... Wide Eyed Kid #1
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Storyline

A pair of shuttle astronauts leave their spacecraft to repair a satellite. There's an explosion. NASA loses contact for two minutes, but the both are rescued and safely returned to Earth. Eventually it becomes evident that neither of the astronauts is quite the same. Written by JHole

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Imagine the face of terror is the one you love. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and a strong scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El engendro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,027,003, 29 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,672,566
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New Line Cinema,Mad Chance See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nick Cassavetes plays Captain Streck. Nick's father, John Cassavetes starred in Rosemary's Baby (1968) which bears many similarities to this film. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the movie when Spencer follows Jillian to their apartment, she locks the door and engages the deadbolt. Moments later Spencer is seen trying to get in, screaming for her and banging on the door, until he finally breaks the door open. In a previous scene when Spencer finds Jillian in the bathroom about to take the abortion pills, she tries to escape from him and runs through the hallway only to find him, to her surprise, waiting for her in the entryway which he could only have been accessed through the same way she just came, implying that he teleported or walked through the walls, which he could have easily done when he was trying to get into the apartment. See more »

Quotes

Spencer Armacost: I love you, Jillian.
Jillian Armacost: No, you don't
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: The DVD includes an alternate ending: When Spencer is killed, Jillian is not possessed by the alien. Instead, she moves out to the country. Sitting beneath a tree, looking up at the stars, she tunes her radio to the same signals Spencer was receiving while possessed by the alien - her twin babies controlling her movements from inside the womb, listening - and waiting... See more »

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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Moonlight and Roses
Written by Ben Black, Edwin H. Lemare, Neil Moret, Charles N. Daniels
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Slow burn to ignition; very light payload.
6 April 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Spencer Armacost, played by Johnny Depp, and a fellow astronaut are lost outside their space shuttle for two minutes. NASA is alarmed and bring the men back. One dies and the other causes suspicion about his actions. Armacost's lovely wife (Charlize Theron)becomes pregnant; expecting twins. But something is strange, something is amiss.

This is a slow ride to an abrupt, teaser of a thriller ending. Depp and Theron have both turned in better performances elsewhere. The little sister, played by Clea DuVall, showed the most emotion. Joe Morton and Blair Brown were also featured. This had the potential, but missed the target on splash down.


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