Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.


James Gray
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Roy McBride
Tommy Lee Jones ... H. Clifford McBride
Ruth Negga ... Helen Lantos
Donald Sutherland ... Thomas Pruitt
Kimberly Elise ... Lorraine Deavers
Loren Dean ... Donald Stanford
Donnie Keshawarz ... Captain Lawrence Tanner
Sean Blakemore ... Willie Levant
Bobby Nish ... Franklin Yoshida
LisaGay Hamilton ... Adjutant General Vogel
John Finn ... Brigadier General Stroud
John Ortiz ... Lieutenant General Rivas
Freda Foh Shen ... Captain Lu
Kayla Adams ... Female Flight Attendant
Ravi Kapoor ... Arjun Dhariwal


Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

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The Answers We Seek Are Just Outside Our Reach

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong languag | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Brad Pitt in Ad Astra is the 8th cast member from the Ocean's Eleven series to appear in an outer space movie; Don Cheadle in Mission to Mars (2000), George Clooney in Solaris (2002) and with Sandra Bullock in Gravity (2013), Andy Garcia in Passengers (2016), Matt Damon in The Martian (2015) and with Anne Hathaway and Casey Affleck in Interstellar (2014) . See more »


When Roy is on the secret mission and they get a distress call from another ship and slow down, with the slow down, nobody shows any sign of acceleration (negative this time). Roy being floating and not strapped down, should have coasted toward the front of the ship which he didn't. See more »


Roy McBride: I am focused only on the essential, to the exclusion of all else.I will make only pragmatic decisions. I will not allow myself to be distracted. I will not allow my mind to linger on that which is unimportant. I will not rely on anyone or anything. I will not be vulnerable to mistakes.
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Crazy Credits

There is no fanfare during the 20th Century Fox logo. See more »


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(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo
from Orchestra Wives (1942)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by L'Orchestre de Glenn Miller (as The Glenn Miller Orchestra)
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The bad reviews to this movie sadden me to be honest.
23 September 2019 | by DrunkenDeGrootSee all my reviews

Ad Astra uses the unlimited potential of sci-fi films, a genre, that can basically be used to develop themes about any psychological, or phylosophical problem there is. All the themes are very rich, and even though it's a space epic set in a world where traveling to the moon is not a very unusual thing to do, it all feels very real and personal.

This is a cinematic masterpiece in directing, sound and cinematography. It resembles 2001: A Space Odyssey in a few ways, mainly the lighting, and the colours of some scenes, a few angles too.

It always follows the main character's perspective, so the voiceover kind of makes sense, it's always the things that he thinks, or the stuff that's in his mind.

The music compliments the events of the story very well, the sounds were pretty realistic and jaw-dropping, and almost every frame is just beautiful.

The acting is mostly good. There weren't a lot of people in the film, but Brad Pitt and Tommy-Lee Jones are knocking it out of the park.

I only have a few little issues with the movie.

There was a scene with a CGI monkey, (you all know what I am talking about), which just came out of nowhere. It was really odd, and out of place. Also, the CG on it was the weakest in all of the movie.

My second issue was with the scene on the moon, with other vehicles. It was foreshadowed, but it really didn't need to be there, and while it was made very well and effectively, the events themselves are too unrealistic because of how convenient some things are.

Also, there are sequences where milimeters could matter, lives could be at stake if someone makes a mistake, and sometimes they are lucky enough to conveiniently survive.

But overall, this is something I'd like to see again. It shows how much ambition Sci-fi has, but it also shows what could go wrong with it.

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Release Date:

20 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,001,398, 22 September 2019

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2.39 : 1
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