The Astronaut's Wife 1999

The Astronaut's Wife

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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.

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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?

Cast & Crew

Johnny Depp
Commander Spencer Armacost
Charlize Theron
Jillian Armacost
Joe Morton
Sherman Reese, NASA Representative
Donna Murphy
Natalie Streck
Nick Cassavetes
Capt. Alex Streck
Gary Grubbs
NASA Director
Blair Brown
Shelly McLaren
Tom Noonan
Jackson McLaren
Mark Johnson
Executive Producer
Donna Langley
Executive Producer
Brian Witten
Executive Producer
George S. Clinton
Original Music
Allen Daviau
Cinematographer
Timothy Alverson
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Critic Reviews for The Astronaut's Wife

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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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Cameron S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2012
    Guilty pleasure I suppose, I was not bored but the ending was a bit dumb
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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