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The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)

The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)

The Reluctant Astronaut





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Roy Fleming (Don Knotts) is signed on to the space program at NASA by his father Buck (Arthur O'Connell), a gung-ho former World War I vet who is trying to make something out of his son. Roy becomes a janitor who is afraid of heights and mistaken for an astronaut through a series of comedic mishaps. (Jesse White) plays Roy's boss Donelli, with (Leslie Nielsen) as space hero Major Gifford. Knotts uses his patented brand of nervousness to perfection in this lighthearted situation comedy.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Kids & Family, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Jim Fritzell, Everett Greenbaum
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On DVD: Sep 2, 2003


Don Knotts
as Roy Fleming
Arthur O'Connell
as Buck Fleming
Jeanette Nolan
as Mrs. Fleming
Leslie Nielsen
as Major Fred Gifford
Joan Freeman
as Ellie Jackson
Jesse White
as Donelli
Joan Shawlee
as Blonde in bar
Nydia Westman
as Aunt Zana
Robert F. Simon
as Cervantes
Ceil Cabot
as Waitress
Fay De Witt
as Secretary
Fabian Dean
as Bus Driver
Robert Simon
as Cervantes
Fay DeWitt
as Secretary
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Mildly amusing in parts but mostly lame comedy. If you like Don Knotts he is his usual befuddled self.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


The Reluctant Astronaut has a very ironic title. It is ironically true, since the movie is pretty reluctant to show us anything beyond what we already know in its predictable, mushy plot. The movie is decidedly unimaginative and bland.

Matt H.
Matthew Henegan

NOT funny doesn't even begin to describe this dud. Even if you're a huge Don Knotts fan (which admittedly I am not), the jokes and humor are few and far between in this one. The release date of 1967 is a little surprising--other than being in color, it has the look and feel of a bland, harmless mid-50s comedy. I was mainly interested in this to see an early comedy performance from Leslie Nielsen. Alas, he hadn't quite made the full jump to comedy yet, and he's utilized here as the strait man to Knotts' goofball.

The plot has been summarized here nicely, so I won't rehash. Personally, I find this kind of unbelievable high-concept goofiness, so popular in the 50s and 60s, to simply no longer be funny or relevant in the new millennium. It's my opinion. But if Don Knotts being given a string of near-inexplicable excuses to bug his eyes out at the camera for an hour and a half is your idea of a good time, have at it.

Bryn S.
Bryn Speidel

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