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The Astronaut's Wife [DVD] [1999]


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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: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004T8VG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,181 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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On a seemingly routine mission to repair a space satellite, astronaut Spencer Armacost (Johnny Depp) loses contact with Mission Control for a period of time. Once Spencer has returned to Earth his wife Jillian (Charlize Theron) falls pregnant with twin boys, but her joy is tempered by the suspicion that something terrible happened to her husband in space - something which could threaten the entire human race.

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An intriguingly creepy premise but failed execution marks The Astronaut's Wife, a stylish and ultimately bland thriller about a pretty, young woman whose pretty, young astronaut husband comes back from his most recent space mission a little... odd. Before that fated space trip, Spencer (Johnny Depp) and Jillian (Charlize Theron) were a sunny, happy couple with matching blonde hairdos and a predilection for romping in the sack from extremely clever camera angles. However, after a communications blackout brings Spencer and his partner back down to earth prematurely, things are a little... peculiar. Spencer's partner goes bonkers and has a heart attack; on top of that, the partner's wife takes a fatal shower with a plugged-in radio. Getting out of the space biz, Spencer accepts a job as a corporate exec in New York, and as a welcome to the Big Apple for his comely wife, he molests her at the company cocktail party. Soon enough, Jillian is pregnant, but as you might expect, this pregnancy (twins, don't you know) is a little... unusual. Writer-director Rand Ravich takes his sweet time getting from extremely obvious plot point A to even more obvious plot point B, stretching out the development particulars in mind-numbing, suspense-killing fashion. Even Joe Morton, as a sinisterly psychotic NASA official, can't liven things up--you know you're in bad thriller territory when the biggest scare comes from a light suddenly being switched off. Theron, sporting a Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby style haircut, sleepwalks beautifully through the movie, but she did this role much, much better in The Devil's Advocate. Depp, with a cornpone Southern accent, is about as realistic as his peroxided hair. Ravich does the viewer no favours with a hackneyed ending straight out of a B-grade paperback horror novel in which the most shocking moment is Theron's sudden emergence as a brunette. With Blair Brown as a jaded socialite who offers to help out Theron by providing do-it-yourself abortion pills, and a lovely Donna Murphy as the suicidal wife who figures it all out before everyone else. -- Mark Englehart, Amazon.com

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By V. WILLIAMS on 19 Jan 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Now I like Johnny Depp a lot, but I feel that this movie does not extract the full measure of talent he has to offer and that's not any fault of his.
Both lead roles are played smack bang on. Charlize Theron is stunning and well cast as ever.
Perhaps it is because JD's character is wiped out by some nebulous alien entity within 15 minutes and thereafter is a pretty cold fish and unsympathetic to boot. I suppose that a creature able to travel at light speed without the need for a spaceship or spacesuit will consider Earth's human occupants similar to pond life. It's a wonder such a creature would need to go through the niceties of trying to integrate with us at any level, but this one does supposedly in order to impregnate a human to further its own species - but why would it need to?
I just kept thinking, "Why is it bothering?"
The version I saw was the DVD with "Alternate Ending" and I found it more satisfying than the other ending packaged with it. Quite frankly, by the time I'd got to the ending if JD's head had burst open and a UFO had flown out I would have been quite ready for it and not surprised at all.
It's the script and the anonymous alien that makes this movie somewhat unsatisfactory to me. I'm not sure why JD went in for it after his display of talent in Benny & Joon and The Brave to quote two of his diverse roles.
Not a tour de force piece of cinema in my book but well acted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 May 2009
Format: DVD
A patchy and derivative sci-fi story. The A-list cast give strong performances but they can't save an uninspired movie.

The first half hour of the movie races along at a strong pace, but then grinds to a disappointing halt when the real "psychological thriller" part of the movie begins, after which point it drags along at a snail's pace until the final showdown.

The final showdown is available in two different versions on the disc- and both versions are poor, unsatisfying endings. As we watched it we came up with at least three better endings for the film...

Unless you're a massive Johnny Deep or Charlize Theron fan, you could give this a miss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
What seems to be a mediocre Sci-Fi film turns out to be a thought provoking epic. The two astronauts on arriving back after an "encounter" in orbit appear to be different in certain ways , as if their personalities had been altered. When you realised that not all is right ,events take on a sinister air, and you are left thinking that they have been altered in some way by an advanced alien force.
As the film progresses the tension between Johnny Depps character and his wifes (Charlize Theron) becomes palpable , especially when she thinks she is pregnant with, what She thinks is a pair of alien hybrids. However at the conclusion you are left with the thought that may-be there are more so called alien-hybrids than anyone thinks and that perhaps this is what the Human condition is striving towards. I'll leave you to arrive at your own conclusions-- Don't take this film at face value it's a lot deeper than you think.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov 2004
Format: DVD
I have read these reviews with interest and I have to say I m still not sure about this one. I have such faith in JD's understanding of his roles that I think that this so subtle- verging on the not there build up from a sweet all American guy to a ruthless, single minded non human may have been an interpretation of what it could be like to be replaced by an alien- without the movie stereotype we have all grown up with.
Is it possible that the cold looks, the extraordinary transformation over a few minutes in the love scene and the unflinching expression when Jo strokes his cheek further on in the story are all the clues we are meant to get?
Is it just a very subtle metamorphisis- or doesn't it work?
Anyone care for further debate on this one. I would still say worth watching... but odd
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By kim on 10 May 2014
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Added to my Johnny depp collection was missing it and couldn't find any where else such a good film he is so hot!!
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A space shuttle in orbit to repair a damaged satellite is forced to return to Earth after NASA loses contact with astronauts Spencer Armacost and Alex Streck for two minutes.

Both were outside the spacecraft when this occurred. While Armacost seems to be unaffected, Streck has a much harder time recovering from whatever happened to them.

Over time, Armacost's wife begins to note subtle changes in him. Egged on by a former NASA employee, she begins to believe that her husband is something else.

And she is expecting his twins....

Considering that the two leads are now two of the biggest stars in the world, they were still pretty big in 1999, but this is a really weird film for them to be in.

If this was made today, it'd be on the SyFy channel, or made by asylum pictures. There was no need to spend 75 million on this, as its nothing more than Rosemary's Baby meets Science Fiction.

But there is this glossy sheen over the film that you cannot help but admire, and Depp and Theron are good, despite the dodgy script and convoluted narrative.

But fear not, if you get confused, Joe Morton pops up every now and again to explain to everyone what is going on.

But any fool could tell that Depp isn't right, and despite a quite good second act (thanks to Morton), the initial set up is silly and the final scene just ruins the whole film.

Do yourself a favour, if you see this, turn it off right after she puts her feet back in the water, and miss the final kick in the nethers...
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