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The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
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The Reluctant Astronaut (1967) Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads for Houston, only to find out upon arriving that his job is a janitor, not an astronaut. Anxious to live up to the expectations of his domineering father, Roy manages to keep up a facade of being an astronaut to his family and friends. When NASA decides to launch a lay person into space to prove the worthiness of a new automated spacecraft, Roy gets the chance to confront his fears.

Movie Tagline:
He's an ASTRO-KNOTT turned ASTRONAUT in the Maddest Mixup in Space History!!

Title: Reluctant Astronaut, The
Release Date: June 14, 1967
Runtime: 102 mins
Genre: Comedy
All Genres: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.0
Buried.com Rating: 7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With R

Director(s):
Edward Montagne

Cast:
Don Knotts ...Roy Fleming
Leslie Nielsen ...Major Fred Gifford
Joan Freeman ...Ellie Jackson
Jesse White ...Donelli
Jeanette Nolan ...Mrs. Fleming
Frank McGrath ...Plank
Arthur O'Connell ...Buck Fleming
Joan Shawlee ...Blonde in Bar
Guy Raymond ...Bert
Nydia Westman ...Aunt Zena
Paul Hartman ...Rush
Robert F. Simon ...Cervantes (as Robert Simon)
Robert Pickering ...Moran
Pat Colby ...Scientist
Melissa Gilbert ...Niece
Marjorie Bennett ...Woman at mailbox
Jim Boles ...Bartender
Paul Bradley ...Man seated at table
Paul Bryar ...First Bus Driver
Ceil Cabot ...Waitress
Al Checco ...Man at console
John Daheim ...Startled Motorist
Fabian Dean ...Second Bus Driver
Fay DeWitt ...Secretary
Nick Dimitri ...Astronaut
Jerry Dunphy ...TV Newscaster
Cecil Elliott ...Woman with Dog
Pamelyn Ferdin ...Mary (little girl)
Med Flory ...White shirt in bar
Vince Howard ...Technician

» [more cast members]

Producer(s):
Edward Montagne
Billy Sands

Writer(s):
James Fritzell
Everett Greenbaum

Composer(s):
Vic Mizzy




More Movie Taglines:
  • He's an ASTRO-KNOTT turned ASTRONAUT in the Maddest Mixup in Space History!!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Roy Fleming: [as Mr. Spaceman, operating the Rocket Ride] We are now passing over the Hawaiian Islands. Our flight plan will carry us to the recovery area 100 miles southeast of the Bahamas. We are starting our retro-rocket countdown: five, four, three, two, one, firing retro rockets! [presses button making rocket sound] Roy Fleming: We will be touching down in twenty minutes. Mary: [whispering] I have to go to the bathroom. Roy Fleming: We have just touched down!
  • Donelli: [hands Roy a broom] Here you are. Now in the mornings you sweep all locker area and boiler room. In the afternoons, you wet down and mop. Now the top of the lockers should be kept... clean at all times. They'll be inspected by me personally daily at 1700 hours. Now in the morning when you... Roy Fleming: Excuse me sir, uh, is this all sorta like, uh, part of the training program? Donelli: What training program? Roy Fleming: You know... [imitates rocket] Roy Fleming: ... space. Roy Fleming: THIS is your space: From there, to there, and I expect you to keep it clean Fleming! Now then... Roy Fleming: You mean, I-I-I'm a, I'm a janitor? Donelli: Heheheheheheheeheh! Why of course not! My boy, you are a WB-1074 *apprentice* janitor!
  • Donelli: Fleming, you've been here two weeks now, and I don't think your mind has been on your work for one second! Roy Fleming: Uh, um, well to tell you the truth, sir, my heart really isn't in this. Donelli: We are not interested in your heart, Fleming! We want your elbow grease!
  • Rush: [reading sign next to mock up] "Representation of Lunar Surface" Buck Fleming: This here, is what your moon looks like. Rush: Oh... Plank: [steps up onto mock up] Take a picture of me standin' on the moon! Rush: Aw, that ain't really the moon! Plank: We don't have to tell anybody.
  • Roy Fleming: Why is Pa always trying to run my life? Mrs. Fleming: Well, after all, he was a corporal in World War I, and you know how bossy they were. Roy Fleming: But, Ma, that war's been over for ages. Mrs. Fleming: Not to your father. He loves that war just as much today as he did then.
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Keywords:
Astronaut, Cowardice, Acrophobia  ...[more]


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