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The American Astronaut (2001)

The American Astronaut



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In this outer space musical, Samuel Curtis, an interplanetary trader from Nevada, sets forth through a rustic and remote solar system when he finds out that his old nemesis, Professor Hess, is pursuing him and would like to kill him.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Musical & Performing Arts, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Cory McAbee
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2005
Artistic License Films - Official Site


Cory McAbee
as Samuel Curtis/Silver...
Rocco Sisto
as Professor Hess
Gregory Russell Cook
as The Boy Who Actually...
James Ransone
as Bodysuit
Joshua Taylor
as Blueberry Pirate
Tom Aldredge
as Old Man
Mark Manley
as Henchman No. 1
Ned Sublette
as Henchman No.2
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Critic Reviews for The American Astronaut

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (13)

It's a rockabilly space romp, often very bad but usually a visual treat.

Full Review… | March 19, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

A sui generis, love-it-or-hate-it exercise in homegrown American surrealism.

Full Review… | June 24, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Movies don't get much more homemade or endearingly eccentric.

Full Review… | November 29, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

It's equal parts creepy, campy, funny, and tedious.

November 25, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Like a very accomplished student film, amusing and annoying in just about equal measure.

Full Review… | November 16, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Hit-and-miss comedy.

Full Review… | November 2, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The American Astronaut


A space pilot transports the Boy Who Saw a Woman's Breast from Jupiter to Venus to obtain a bounty in this surrealistic space-western musical. I was underwhelmed by this minor cult film; it has some great moments of absurd humor but often drags with sequences of inconsequential nonsense.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

Irritatingly arty

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Samuel Curtis: My father taught me to kill the sunflower.
Voice: Congratulations, Mr. Curtis. You are now awake. Two hours to Jupiter.

Here's a movie that very few will have ever heard of or get to see. It's definetely not for everyone, but I was entertained. It's strange how I like this film and not Eraserhead, but that's just how things are.

This is a sci-fi-western-musical surrounding the life of a space cowboy who encounters some other characters including his old nemesis who kills anyone just for being around.

This is very much a low-budget, independent feature. Despite being a film that takes place in outer space, the effects and props are handled Flash Gordon style.

The whole movie is done in a very surrealist fashion. It could be seen as a comedy, and there are funny moments involving the randomness and break outs into song. It could also be seen as slightly disturbing when dealing with the space cowboy's nemesis.

I also have to point out the soundtrack created by the lead singer of the band who wrote, directed, and stars in this movie, Cory McAbee. It's a good rock soundtrack.

Once again, this is not for everyone, but it also wont be seen by almost anyone, so if you like very random things that are strange or Lynch films, you might like this.

[Samuel answers the phone]
Professor Hess: Guess who this is?
Samuel Curtis: Professor Hess.
Professor Hess: That's right! You got it on the first try! For that, you get a kiss!
Samuel Curtis: I'll pass.
Professor Hess: W-what? You think I'd kiss you? You'd love it if I'd kiss you. And I would never kiss you.
Samuel Curtis: You said you were going to kiss me.
Professor Hess: I never said I'd kiss you. I never said that. You just want me to kiss you!
Samuel Curtis: Um... not really.
Professor Hess: Oh. I'm not good enough to kiss you. Is that what you're saying?

Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

The American Astronaut Quotes

Old Man: Is it just me or do my balls itch?
– Submitted by Wayne P (5 years ago)

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