The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 49 mins

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Thrilling and terrifying, this suspenseful science fiction tale of terror revolve around a pair of shuttle astronauts. They leave their spacecraft to repair a satellite, but something goes wrong during the mission and there is 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.
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Cast: Charlize Theron, Joe Morton, Johnny Depp

Crew: Rand Ravich (Director), Allen Daviau (Director of Photography), George S Clinton (Music Director)

Rating: PG (Singapore), MA (Australia)

Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Release Dates: 27 Aug 1999 (India)

Tagline: How well do you know the one you love?

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Did you know? Nick Cassavetes plays Capt. Streck; Nick's father, John Cassavetes starred in Rosemary's Baby (1968) which bears many similarities to this film. Read More
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as Jillian Armacost
as Sherman Reese, NASA Representative
as Commander Spencer Armacost
as Shelly McLaren
as Nan
Supporting Actor
as Natalie Streck
Supporting Actor
as NASA Director
as Calvin, 2nd Grade Student
as Shelly Carter
as Pat Elliott
as Capt. Alex Streck
as Dr. Patraba
Supporting Actress
as Wide Eyed Kid #1
as Jackson McLaren
as Allen Dodge


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Camera and Electrical

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Music Director


Sound Editor
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Boom Operator


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Art Director
Prop Master
Set Decorator
Set Dresser


Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

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Hair Stylist

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Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Panavision Genesis, Panavision Panaflex, Panavision PSR, Panavision System 65, Super Panavision-70
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 (Flat), 2.35:1
How well do you know the one you love?
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Character Error
When Spencer checks Jill's pulse at the party, he does it in the wrong place. Pulse is checked below the thumb, while he checks it under Jill's little finger.

When Spencer and Jillian are at the cocktail reception in New York, Jillian is speaking with the rude woman who criticizes her clothes. As they are walking, they walk past a woman with a large pearl necklace who then kisses the gentleman she is with. Moments later, Jillian walks past the same woman again.

When Jillian goes to Washington Square Park by subway, it's clearly night and dark. When she emerges from the subway, it is daylight.

When Jillian is dancing to the radio, she opens the refrigerator door and we clearly see a can of whipped cream. Jillian then takes a can of whipped cream from the bottom of the refrigerator and puts it in the same spot the other one was in. The first can just disappeared.

When Spencer scares Jillian in the bathroom, she drops the abortion pills she was holding and they fall far away from each other. After Spencer slaps her, the pills are closer together.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Jillian has just watched the Sherman Reese videotape, and Spencer comes in and scares her, Spencer says they should watch a video and goes to put it in. After all of the fuss with what the tape is, Spencer gets up to sit on the couch and as he does, you can see four shadows on the wooden wall behind him.

Factual Mistake
All NASA shuttle astronauts live and work in the vicinity of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, many of them in Clear Lake, a Houston suburb. Yet in the film, Jillian teaches school in Florida, where she and Armacost clearly live. Astronauts only go to Florida for launches.

Factual Mistake
There is no good reason why all the electricity in the house would short out due the suicide of Natalie Streck as the power plug of the radio does not have an earth pin.

When examining Reese's things, Jillian comes across a Newsweek magazine with a cover story of the accident in space and a cover picture of a B-58. There is no conceivable explanation nor storyline of why a front line story would use a picture of an aircraft retired practically 30 years before the mission.

When Jill is being examined, she is told she is nine weeks pregnant. However, the baby shown on the ultrasound scan screen is clearly much more than nine weeks old. Furthermore the movements of the ultrasound probe do not correspond to the movements on the screen. And when the doctor says she will make measurements she never does. Instead she just waits a few seconds before announcing the age of the fetus.

At the end of the movie, when Jill is talking to her new husband, he calls her Susan. This is due to the fact that she probably changed her name after Spencer's death (she also seems to have changed her appearance).
This movie was was nominated for Best Film at the Catalonian International Film Festival in Sitges in 1999.

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

Clea Duvall (Nan) can be seen wearing blue contacts during several scenes in the movie. Some scenes she sports her natural brown eyes

According to the script and novelization, Spencer has formed a telepathic link with the twins his wife is carrying. The fetal twins emitted supersonic pulses which tuned with their father's senses. This explains why the alien always managed to track down Jillian whenever she went.