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At Theaters: 8/27/1999 On Video: 2/8/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 50 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 079904
Studio: New Line Cinema
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Storyline Heading

Astronaut Spencer Armacost is rushed back to Earth and revived after a routine mission goes awry, only to discover that something truly horrific took place while he was up in space.

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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Thriller - The Astronaut's Wife is an atmospheric thriller designed more to appeal to adult audiences than to appeal to teens. Some fans of other recent "adult thrillers" like The Sixth Sense may enjoy the creepy mood, though the plot of this film is much more straightforward. The film's slow pace and exaggerated performances could be annoying to some viewers.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Johnny Depp (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
Charlize Theron (Celebrity)
Joe Morton (Terminator 2)
Clea Duvall (TVs - E.R.)
Producer: Andrew Lazar (Assassins)
Director: Rand Ravich (Oink)
Production Notes Heading
The Production
The Astronaut
The Wife
The Messenger
The Moon, The Stars, The Earth
Content Heading
PROFANITY: Very strong, moderately frequent
SEX/NUDITY: One intense sexual scene, no nudity
VIOLENCE: One scene of a murder, man striking a woman
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A few scenes showing alcohol consumption
ACTION: A couple of low-key chases, some violent action
COMEDY: A couple of one-liners

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Critic's Review Heading
I must admit that I was startled to find THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE remotely watchable when it appeared without preview screenings. The look of the film is nearly enough, combined with Theron's haunted stares, to make it linger in your head for a while. It just doesn't deliver on the most basic level, leaving you itchy and unsatisfied as though you had just watched a film that wasn't quite finished yet. There are too many other, better choices for viewers who want a little substance with their chills. After you get through admiring the style of THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE, all you're left with is a lot of empty space.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 93 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
Fairly High
13-19Teens (F)
Fairly Low
20-29Yg Adults (M)
Fairly Low
20-29Yg Adults (F)
Fairly High
30+Adults (M)
30+Adults (F)
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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They were the perfect all-American couple - a courageous, honored NASA astronaut (Johnny Depp) and his beautiful school-teacher wife (Charlize Theron). They were passionately in love, so connected they could sense each other even when he was floating in space and she was two hundred thousand miles below. And in two minutes it all turned to inexplicable terror.

For two minutes, astronaut Spencer Armacost loses total consciousness while on a bold space shuttle mission, returning home just barely alive and a bewildered hero. The President, the nation and his friends celebrate his safe return, but to his wife Jillian something seems strangely amiss from the moment he returns to earth.

Though very much in love with her husband, Jillian cannot help but question what happened to him out there in the lonely vacuum of space and whether it has changed him - and their marriage -- in some profound way. Especially when she begins having strangely violent dreams; dark, paranoid thoughts; and the strangest sensation that her husband is not the lover, or the man, he used to be. Things only get worse when Spencer's partner in space, Alex Streck (Nick Cassavetes), and his wife Natalie (Donna Murphy) experience their own mysterious ends.

Turning from a NASA career to a lucrative rocket-designing job in the private sector, Spencer and Jillian move to a lavish new apartment in Manhattan. Soon after, Jillian finds out she is expecting - and in keeping with the increase of her new life, she is expecting twins. But something is not quite right with this dream pregnancy, either. As her pregnancy advances, Jillian descends into a nightmare. Is it just pre-partum hormonal craziness, or is there something terribly wrong with Jillian's husband and babies? Is she just paranoid or is there really a conspiracy between Spencer, her doctors and even her closest family and friends to keep her in the dark? And is it just an embittered former NASA employee's (Joe Morton) fantasy, or is she really carrying inside her the end of humanity as we know it?

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