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The American Astronaut

  NR Closed Captioning

Cory McAbee

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Plot Summary

Space travel has become a dirty way of life dominated by derelicts, grease monkeys, and hard-boiled interplanetary traders such as Samuel Curtis. Written, directed, and starring Cory McAbee of the legendary cult band "The Billy Nayer Show," this sci-fi, musical-western uses flinty black and white photography, rugged Lo-Fi sets and the spirit of the final frontier. We follow Curtis on his Homeric journey to provide the all-female planet of Venus with a suitable male, while pursued by an enigmatic killer, Professor Hess. The film features music by "The Billy Nayer Show" and some of the most original rock n' roll scenes ever committed to film.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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63%
  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Soars as much as it crashes. – Elvis Mitchell, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: A lovely little wedge of garage-band silliness. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's equal parts creepy, campy, funny, and tedious. – Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Obviously not for all tastes -- but it's quite unlike anything else out there at the moment. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

just plain cool

I remember seeing this at the Angelika in NYC sometime ago and the buzz made it a must see, hey its still a must see...

Bizarre and Compelling

There's an extremely dry sense of humor at work here, and beautiful imagery. Don't expect it to make much sense though.

One of my new favorites!

I have to say I was blown away by the movie. It is a great film for people who love both cinema and have a sense of humor. The camera work was very imaginative.It is harder to work in B&W than people realize. You don't need expense special effects if you have good acting. Loved it, I only wish I had seen it early.

The American Astronaut
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Musicals
  • Released: 2001

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