The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)

The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)


Directed by Rand Ravich

Johnny Depp …. Spencer Armacost
Charlize Theron …. Jillian Armacost
Joe Morton …. Sherman Reese
Clea DuVall …. Nan
Donna Murphy …. Natalie Streck
Nick Cassavetes …. Capt. Alex Streck
Samantha Eggar …. Dr. Patraba


Plot Synopsis by Mark Deming:
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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Nick Cassavetes (Capt. Alex Streck) is the son of the famous actor and director, John Cassavetes. Nick Cassavetes also had an uncredited cameo in another Johnny Depp movie, Blow. Nick has followed on his fathers footsteps from acting to directing: His directorial movies include The Notebook, John Q and Alpha Dog.