The Astronaut's Wife

August 27th, 1999


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A pair of shuttle astronauts leave their spacecraft to repair a satellite. There's an explosion...

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 5.0/10 (25,726 voted)

Critic's Score: 37/100

Director: Rand Ravich

Stars: Charlize Theron, Johnny Depp, Joe Morton

A pair of shuttle astronauts leave their spacecraft to repair a satellite. There's 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.

Johnny Depp - Commander Spencer Armacost
Charlize Theron - Jillian Armacost
Joe Morton - Sherman Reese, NASA Representative
Clea DuVall - Nan
Donna Murphy - Natalie Streck
Nick Cassavetes - Capt. Alex Streck
Samantha Eggar - Dr. Patraba
Gary Grubbs - NASA Director
Blair Brown - Shelly McLaren
Tom Noonan - Jackson McLaren
Tom O'Brien - Allen Dodge
Lucy Lin - Shelly Carter
Michael Crider - Pat Elliott
Jacob Stein - Calvin, 2nd Grade Student
Timothy Wicker - Wide Eyed Kid #1

Taglines: Imagine the face of terror is the one you love.

Release Date: 27 August 1999

Filming Locations: Camarillo Airport - 555 Airport Way, Camarillo, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $34,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,027,003 (USA) (29 August 1999) (2209 Screens)

Gross: $10,672,566 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In this film as well as in The Devil's Advocate, Charlize Theron's character begins in Florida, then moves to New York (where bad things happen to her).

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Spenser 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.

Spencer Armacost: Whatever you see, I see. Whatever you know... I know.

User Review

Could have been a Classic Thriller

Rating: 8/10

I watched this movie yesterday, and I was hooked to its haunting story till the end. First I have to say the performances were excellent, Johnny Depp still surprises me with his variety of roles, I can't imagine he could have done the hilarious role of Captain Jack Sparrow after this scary role.

His eyes were acting more than any part of his body and you could feel the slight change in his character through the stillness of his eyes. Charlize Theron gave a better performance than her Devil's advocate role although they had the same criteria, the disturbed wife. But her genuine agonizing performance distinguished her in this movie.

I noticed the music was a major pillar in this movie, it was like another main character in this movie, the editing was great also especially the scene in the subway. The story was an original also, it had good turn ups and twists.

The movie had all the right elements in general and it certainly doesn't deserve a 4.7 on the imdb. I think the voters were greatly disappointed after seeing all those good elements destroyed by the cheesy and typical ending that only producers could have had a part with, in order to make another sequel.

The ending by all means was bad, it destroyed the originality of the story and the tension build up. I give it an 7.5 for all the good elements, it would reached a 9.0 if the ending was different.