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The American Astronaut (2001)

Samuel Curtis, an interplanetary trader, sets forth through a rustic and remote solar system, unaware that his old friend Professor Hess is trying to kill him.

Director:

Cory McAbee

Writer:

Cory McAbee

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Cast

Credited cast:
Cory McAbee Cory McAbee ... Samuel Curtis / Silverminer
Rocco Sisto ... Professor Hess
Gregory Russell Cook Gregory Russell Cook ... The Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman's Breast
Annie Golden ... Cloris
James Ransone ... Bodysuit
Joshua Taylor Joshua Taylor ... Blueberry Pirate
Tom Aldredge ... Old Man
Bill Buell ... Eddie
Peter McRobbie ... Lee Vilensky
Mark Manley Mark Manley ... Henchman #1 (Hey Boy!)
Ned Sublette Ned Sublette ... Henchman #2 (Hey Boy!)
Joseph McKenna ... Doorman
Doug McKean Doug McKean ... Silverminer Jake
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Pendelton ... Miner at Bar
George Piscopo George Piscopo ... Mars Worker
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Storyline

Space travel has become a dirty way of life dominated by derelicts, grease monkeys, thieves, and hard-boiled interplanetary traders such as Samuel Curtis, an astronaut from Earth who deals in a rare goods, living or otherwise. His mission begins with the unlikely delivery of a cat to a small outer-belt asteroid saloon where he meets his former dance partner, and renowned interplanetary fruit thief, the Blueberry Pirate. As payment for his delivery of the cat, Curtis receives a homemade cloning device already in the process of creating a creature most rare in this space quadrant... a Real Live Girl. At the suggestion of the Blueberry Pirate, Curtis takes the Real Live Girl to Jupiter where women have long been a mystery. There, he proposes a trade with the owner of Jupiter: the Real Live Girl clone for the Boy Who Actually Saw A Woman's Breast. The Boy Who Actually Saw A Woman's Breast is regarded as royalty on the all-male mining planet of Jupiter because of his unique and exotic ... Written by nathue

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Taglines:

Space is a lonely town.

Genres:

Musical | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Commodore Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O amerikanos astronaftis See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,206, 14 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,170, 25 January 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The DVD includes a very unusual "Director's Comments" feature. Cory McAbee showed the movie in a Brooklyn pool hall, and had a question-and-answer session with the audience while the movie was screened. The audio recording of his interaction with the audience replaces the standard movie audio when the comments feature is selected. See more »

Quotes

The Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman's Breast: When I get to Venus can I get a dog?
Samuel Curtis: [Thoughtful pause] Dogs can't live on Venus. When they roll on their backs, the pressure twists their guts up, and it kills them.
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Soundtracks

Like Nothing Ever Heard
Written by Cory McAbee, James Beaudreau and Robert Lurie (as Bobby Lurie)
Performed by The Billy Nayer Show
Published by Fickey Music (BMI)
Courtesy of BSG Records
Administered and Licensed by BNS Productions
©2000 Cory McAbee, James Beaudreau and Bobby Lurie
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THIS is what I'm talkin' about!
25 May 2002 | by googlemorfSee all my reviews

A true original. I loved this film and the wild wonderful universe that McAbee was able to create on what must have been a $1.80 budget. It has a hypnotic quality, off beat characters, and even a touching father /son relationship.. what more could you want? There is a rousing scene at the beginning when the astronaut walks from his ship to the space bar. His walk goes for some time while a wonderful instrumental plays. If you don't enjoy this part for its simplicity, you probably won't like the rest of the flick. While it dosn't look like this film will get a major distributer ( I got to see it at the Washington DC Film fest with McAbee there to discuss it!) the soundtrack album is available at americanastronaut.com. I'm listening to it as I write this! This is the fist movie in a long time that I have seen that I didn't want it to end.. McAbee knows the first rule of showbusiness: Always leave them wanting more!


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