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      The Astronaut's Wife

      1999, Sci-fi/Drama, 1h 49m

      60 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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      Despite the best efforts of its talented leads, The Astronaut's Wife moves at a snail's pace and fails to generate enough intrigue to keep viewers engaged. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      When astronaut Spencer Armacost (Johnny Depp) returns to Earth after a mission that nearly cost him his life, he decides to take a desk job in order to see his beautiful wife, Jillian (Charlize Theron), more often. Gradually, Jillian notices that Spencer's personality seems to have changed, but her concerns fade when she discovers that she's pregnant. As Jillian grows closer to becoming a mother, her suspicions about Spencer return. Why does it seem as if he's a different person?

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Sci-fi, Drama, Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Rand Ravich

      • Producer: Andrew Lazar

      • Writer: Rand Ravich

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $10.7M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: New Line Home Video [us], New Line Cinema

      • Production Co: New Line Cinema, Mad Chance

      • Sound Mix: Surround

      Cast & Crew

      Johnny Depp
      Charlize Theron
      Joe Morton
      Donna Murphy
      Nick Cassavetes
      Gary Grubbs
      Blair Brown
      Tom Noonan
      Tom O'Brien
      Lucy Lin
      Mark Johnson
      Donna Langley
      Brian Witten
      George S. Clinton
      Allen Daviau
      Jan Roelfs
      Sarah Knowles
      Leslie Pope
      Isis Mussenden
      Steve Mirkovich

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      • Jan 07, 2014

        An easy space flight (if there's ever such a thing, at least as of yet) has an unexplained 2 minute glitch that eventually leads to some curious, ominous questions, both for the astronauts involved and for their wives anxiously awaiting them back at home. Charlize Theron does pretty damn good carrying this Rosemary's Baby, Space Alien edition as she, like Mia Farrow in the original, begins to suspect that something might possibly be rotten in the state of Denmark. Depp adds a little Memphis Elvis spice to the John Cassavetes/caring husband role, while Joe Morton ably handles the thankless job of Cassandra, the prophet no one believes. What's wrong? A slow opening. A too quick payoff at the climatic mano y mano, and not enough dread to carry us through the middle. The coda at the end feels tacked on and unnecessary. On the other hand ... I loves me some Charlize Theron.

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      • Jul 21, 2013

        Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron star in the psychological thriller The Astronaut's Wife. After her husband recovers from an accident during a NASA mission, Jillian Armacost starts to suspect that there's something wrong with him, and that he may not be he the same man. The pacing is especially slow, and the dialog is poorly written. The performances are also weak; particularly Depp, who's one-dimensional and colorless. Additionally, the plot is bland and uninteresting; lacking in intensity and suspense. The Astronaut's Wife is a meandering and insipid film that doesn't deliver any thrills.

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      • Jul 30, 2012

        Dull and pointless, Johnny Depp plays a far to run of the mill boring character for his acting style and the sub-par scares won't raise anything apart from your anguish at how much longer of the film is left. Give this one a miss.

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      • Apr 15, 2012

        Guilty pleasure I suppose, I was not bored but the ending was a bit dumb

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