The Astronaut's Wife

1999

The Astronaut's Wife

Critics Consensus

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.

15%

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Total Count: 59

33%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 59,144
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Movie Info

Science fiction blends with domestic horror in this thriller. Spencer Armacost (Johnny Depp) is an astronaut on a routine mission in space when something goes horribly wrong and it looks as if he's doomed. However, Spencer is rescued at the last moment and returns to earth a hero. He soon announces that he's retiring from space exploration to spend more time with his wife Jillian (Charlize Theron). Jillian has suffered from depression in the past and would like to start a family, so she's initially thrilled with Spencer's decision. Jillian soon finds herself pregnant, but she starts to notice something odd about her husband, as if the man who returned isn't quite the same person who went away. As her pregnancy advances, Jillian's anxieties increase, but has something really happened to Spencer, or have Jillian's old demons merely resurfaced? The Astronaut's Wife marked the directorial debut of Rand Ravich, who previously penned screenplays for such films as The Maker and Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh.

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Cast

Johnny Depp
as Spencer Armacost
Charlize Theron
as Jillian Armacost
Joe Morton
as Sherman Reese
Donna Murphy
as Natalie Streck
Nick Cassavetes
as Alex Streck
Blair Brown
as Shelly McLaren
Tom Noonan
as Jackson McLaren
Gary Grubbs
as NASA Director
Tom O'Brien
as Allen Dodge
Lucy Lin
as Shelly Carter
Michael Crider
as Pat Elliott
Timothy Wicker
as Wide-Eyed Kid No. 1
Brian Johnson
as Excited Fourth Grader
Charles Lanyer
as Spencer's Doctor
Rondi Reed
as Dr. Conlin
Seth Barrish
as Yuppie Shark
Ellen Lancaster
as Dried-Up Socialite
Jennifer Burry
as Second Woman
Susan Cella
as Third Woman
Linda Powell
as Fourth Woman
Elston Ridgle
as Security Guard
Robert Sella
as Maitre d'
Lahai Fahnbulleh
as Taxi Driver
Michael Luceri
as Waiter at Party
Ben Van Bergen
as Storage Facility Client
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Audience Reviews for The Astronaut's Wife

  • 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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