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The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

Charlize Theron , Johnny Depp , Rand Ravich  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Charlize Theron, Johnny Depp, Joe Morton, Clea DuVall, Donna Murphy
  • Directors: Rand Ravich
  • Writers: Rand Ravich
  • Producers: Andrew Lazar, Brian Witten, Diana Pokorny, Donna Langley, Jody Hedien
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2000
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780628551
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,069 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Astronaut's Wife" on IMDb

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  • DVD-ROM Features: Script-to-Screen screenplay access, the original website, and a special Lord Of The Rings web browser
  • Weblinks

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A woman becomes embroiled in a mystery after her astronaut husband suffers an accident and retires as a hero from the space program. When he begins acting strangely, she must decide whether his odd behavior is all in her mind, or if he is no longer the man she once knew.

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90 of 105 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating series of reviews below October 1, 2006
Format:DVD
I watch a fair number of slower paced, atmospheric foreign films that kind of stew in their own juices. I enjoy them. I also like old sci-fi. This film vaguely reminded me of Tarkovsky's "Solaris"--a fave for me. I hope that comparison is helpful to people interested in this movie.

I enjoyed this film. It took an old B-movie story (I think it was "I Married a Space Monster"), and stood it on its head while maintaining the initial point of "what's the difference between body and mind, or soul and genetics." A lot of body in this film and I think that was part of the point. Using an old, and predictable, story or premise as a vehicle is not uncommon--we all knew how the new King Kong was going to end, didn't we--so when it's done, the thing I look for is the shape and flavor of the things hanging off that trite story line, and how it all interacts with our imposition of predestination on a flick.

A hundred plus bad reviews down below--REALLY bad reviews--but after reading many of them I sense a common problem. Johnny Dep is a cult phenomenon, but he's also a fine actor. No matter what he does, he drags a large fan base with him. I think here he accidentally dragged his fan base into a kind movie that just doesn't appeal to fans of sexy media personalities. In a way, Dep's attractiveness and sex appeal work against his proven ability to be a serious and diverse actor. I never see a film BECAUSE Dep is in it, but I do often watch films that happen to have him in the cast and I frequently marvel at his performances.

A tiny handful of good reviews of this movie and I believe every one, no matter how sincere the opinion or well-argued the case--received ONLY "not helpful" votes. I tried to remedy that.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The superb acting makes this film worth while December 28, 1999
By Pokemon
Format:DVD
While many critics had utter distaste for "The Astronaut's Wife," I happened to enjoy this horror/sci-fi film very much. It's a lot of fun, and it has eerie cinematography that really draws the viewer into the film. But the real thing that makes this not-so-original flick worth while to watch is the superb acting from Johnny Depp ("Sleepy Hollow," "Edward Scissor Hands") and the stunning, absolutely magnificent Charlize Theron ("Devil's Advocate," "2 Days in the Valley"). Both these actors are very talented and perhaps at the top of their generation. Joe Morton (veteran co-star of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "Speed") also has a small role here, which makes it all the better.
The film is about an astronaut's wife (Theron) who finds out that her husband (Depp) has come back from space and has been posessed by some alien force. He now has plans on Earth for world domination after he impregnates his wife with his alien children. This is where Morton comes in as he desperately tries to tell the astronaut's wife what is happening. The story moves along at a brisk, yet somewhat predictable pace, and it's really only the ending that proves to have any jolt of suspense and breathless unpredictability. Overall, if you enjoy this type of genre, "The Astronaut's Wife" is well worth your time and money to see.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mars ain't the kind of Place to raise a Kid... August 11, 2005
Format:DVD
But it turns out it's just as cold and creepy on Earth, and cold is just how this chilly little Something-in-Outer-space-got-my-Astronaut-Husband flick serves it up. "The Astronaut's Wife" is a stylish, nastily clever, absolutely heartless, efficiently paced and admirably designed little gem of a horror movie, centering on the crux of everyone's worst fears: what if the love of my life is a ghoulish space alien who plans on destroying Earth?

When I was a little kid, I remember being scared silly by tales of outer space terror and body-snatching on those creepy "Outer Limits" and "The Twilight Zone" episodes. Everyone has seen at least one variation on the theme: the noble, heroic astronaut with the jutting jaw and confident swagger goes off on the Antares IV Expedition/Rocket Shoot to Planet X/Mission to the Moon, but when he comes back he's no longer himself. He's one of Them---a leering, skulking, alien horror, waiting to turn the tables on his unwitting friends, relatives, and fellow NASA employees.

That's what "The Astronaut's Wife" feels like to me: a really creepy "Outer Limits" episode with a decent budget, plus Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron. Johnny Depp is perfect as the swaggering Commander Spencer Armacost, who goes up on a routine near-Earth orbit mission with his partner (played admirably by Nick Cassavetes---see, "Astronaut's Wife" is just one degree of separation from "Rosemary's Baby" after all!) one tragic day.

There is a mysterious and inexplicable electrical surge, the mission is aborted, and Armacost goes from doting husband to skulking, leering creep in one fell swoop.

He acquires some interesting new habits as well, like spending quality time with the family radio.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rosemary's Baby...in SPAAAAAAACE! July 17, 2006
Format:DVD
Johnny Depp is my wife's favorite actor, so she bought The Astronaut's Wife from a bargain DVD bin when she saw his face on the cover.

The plot's a little garbled, but it goes something like this: Capt. Alex Streck (Nick Cassavettes) and Commander Spence Armacost (Johnny Depp) go off on a space mission. When they come back, they're different. Some kind of weird sound--it sounds like shrieking static--was beamed into their bodies. What it is, exactly, we're not sure. Let's call it "a possessing entity."

This malevolent entity wants to have children. Twins, to be precise. So Spence becomes fixated on 1) molesting his wife Jillian (Charlize Theron), and 2) building a spacecraft for two pilots. And then Jillian finds out she's pregnant! And soon, Streck dies of a seizure and his wife Natalie (Donna Murphy) commits suicide with a toaster! And it turns out she was pregnant...WITH TWINS!

Scary stuff, right?

Well, no. It's not scary. In fact, the film lingers and drags. Struggling to inject some urgency is the frenetic Sherman Reese (Joe Morton). Sherman is convinced something is wrong. He goes about it all the wrong way, of course, babbling on about aliens from outer space, harassing poor Jillian, and basically ensuring that he's a one note character, not an actually developed person.

This movie is a blatant rip-off (or homage, if you think it's good) of Rosemary's Baby. This explains Theron's pageboy haircut, but doesn't excuse anything else. The battle of wills between husband and wife is really a battle of viewer's patience. Will she escape her husband? Will Jillian abort the children? Does anyone care?

It's hard to care. For much of the film, we're not entirely convinced that there's anything actually wrong with Spence.
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Published 1 hour ago by armando silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite actor, I collect all Johnny Depp movies and this one is very different but interesting.
Published 4 days ago by lmmssav
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
Published 5 days ago by Mary Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars The Astronaut's Wife
I received this DVD in good condition.
Published 2 months ago by Laura Tully
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Maverick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 3 months ago by lorin fleming
1.0 out of 5 stars This must have been a car payment movie
If I could I would give thus movie MINUS stars--- From these two actors, Depp and Theron you would expect something more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carol Blow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
WORKS GREAT
Published 3 months ago by heather t.
2.0 out of 5 stars Careful not to fall asleep
Despite the all too obvious allusion to Rosemary's Baby (Theron even sports the same haircut), this is a surprisingly vapid mystery whose ending is all too predictable with the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by James Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Rented it to watch on my flight back east, had already seen it but it's always good to come back to movies you watched growing up again every once in awhile.
Published 5 months ago by Georgie
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