Thrilling and terrifying, this suspenseful science fiction tale of terror revolve around a pair of shuttle astronauts. They leave their spacecraft to repair a satellite, but something goes wrong during the mission and there is an explosion. NASA loses contact for two minutes, but the both are rescued and safely returned to Earth. Eventually it becomes evident that neither of the astronauts is quite the same.
This suspenseful science-fiction thriller delves into the terrible sequence of events that unfold in the life of two astronauts, who return to Earth after a failed mission. While on a space-walking mission, Spencer Armacost, a NASA astronaut, and fellow astronaut Alex Streck, experience an explosion from a satellite which results in a communication loss for two minutes between the astronauts and Earth.
After returning to their respective spouses, the two astronauts never speak about their ordeal. Streck grows increasingly agitated and bleeds to death during a party. His death is ruled as a stroke by NASA. While still in mourning for her lost husband, Streck's wife experiences delusions and tells Spencer's wife Jillian that her husband had been listening to an unknown entity on the radio who is now inside her. She then commits suicide by holding a radio while sitting in a running shower.
Spencer retires from NASA and takes an executive position in New York City for a company called McClaren. Jillian questions him about what happened during the time they lost contact. He answers with a vivid description but displays a suspicious change in personality and becomes very aggressive during their subsequent sex. Jillian soon becomes pregnant with twins.
During dinner, Spencer and a co-worker describe a new aircraft their company is developing that can turn off all other machines, rendering modern warfare obsolete. A former NASA employee, Sherman Reese, tells Jillian that Spencer's medical data (including his signature) has changed since the accident, that Streck's wife had been pregnant, and that Spencer is no longer himself. Jillian does not believe Reese, noting that he had been fired for what appeared to be psychotic behavior, but she finds she cannot let go of Reese's statements.
Jillian calls Reese and learns that Streck's wife had also been pregnant with twins. Jillian makes arrangements to meet Reese to learn more, but Spencer runs into him and leads him away. Jillian is unable to get in touch with Reese again but discovers that he left a note leading her to a VHS video tape. The tape shows evidence of an alien audio signal that, he postulates, was used by aliens to beam themselves into the bodies of the unsuspecting Spencer and Streck, and her twins are likely intended to be "Twin-Computers" meant to fly McClaren's new aircraft.
Jillian dreams that Spencer had been possessed by an extraterrestrial and acquires medication that will cause her twins to be aborted. The twins, however, will not let her take the pills and summon Spencer. He assaults her to protect the twins, and causes her to fall down the stairs. Jillian awakens in the hospital and is greeted by Spencer, who tells her that nothing is going to happen to the twins.
In a dream, Jillian sees her sister killed by Spencer because she caught Spencer with Reese's briefcase. Jillian leaves the hospital and fails to evade Spencer since he can communicate with the twins. Back at home, Jillian finds her dead sister and floods the floor with water while holding a radio as Streck's wife had done. Spencer arrives and admits that "he" (the alien) killed Spencer. Using telekinesis, he moves Jillian, who is sitting on a stool, out of the water, but Jillian electrocutes him as she raises her feet out of the water. Spencer's true alien form, a tentacled energy being, leaves Spencer's body and transmits itself into Jillian, stopping the electrocution.
Years later, Jillian has re-married and sends her twin sons off on their first day of school. Before they get on the bus, they offer a stern look at their mother, while she embraces their new stepfather, a "non alien". They then smile as Jillian assures the new stepfather that he is their father now.
Did you know? According to the script and novelization, Spencer has formed a telepathic link with the twins his wife is carrying. The fetal twins emitted supersonic pulses which tuned with their father's senses. This explains why the alien always managed to track down Jillian whenever she went. Read More
Character Error When Spencer checks Jill's pulse at the party, he does it in the wrong place. Pulse is checked below the thumb, while he checks it under Jill's little finger.
Continuity When Spencer and Jillian are at the cocktail reception in New York, Jillian is speaking with the rude woman who criticizes her clothes. As they are walking, they walk past a woman with a large pearl necklace who then kisses the gentleman she is with. Moments later, Jillian walks past the same woman again.
Continuity When Jillian goes to Washington Square Park by subway, it's clearly night and dark. When she emerges from the subway, it is daylight.
Continuity When Jillian is dancing to the radio, she opens the refrigerator door and we clearly see a can of whipped cream. Jillian then takes a can of whipped cream from the bottom of the refrigerator and puts it in the same spot the other one was in. The first can just disappeared.
Continuity When Spencer scares Jillian in the bathroom, she drops the abortion pills she was holding and they fall far away from each other. After Spencer slaps her, the pills are closer together.
Crew/Equipment Visible When Jillian has just watched the Sherman Reese videotape, and Spencer comes in and scares her, Spencer says they should watch a video and goes to put it in. After all of the fuss with what the tape is, Spencer gets up to sit on the couch and as he does, you can see four shadows on the wooden wall behind him.
Factual Mistake All NASA shuttle astronauts live and work in the vicinity of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, many of them in Clear Lake, a Houston suburb. Yet in the film, Jillian teaches school in Florida, where she and Armacost clearly live. Astronauts only go to Florida for launches.
Factual Mistake There is no good reason why all the electricity in the house would short out due the suicide of Natalie Streck as the power plug of the radio does not have an earth pin.
Miscellaneous When examining Reese's things, Jillian comes across a Newsweek magazine with a cover story of the accident in space and a cover picture of a B-58. There is no conceivable explanation nor storyline of why a front line story would use a picture of an aircraft retired practically 30 years before the mission.
When Jill is being examined, she is told she is nine weeks pregnant. However, the baby shown on the ultrasound scan screen is clearly much more than nine weeks old. Furthermore the movements of the ultrasound probe do not correspond to the movements on the screen. And when the doctor says she will make measurements she never does. Instead she just waits a few seconds before announcing the age of the fetus.
Miscellaneous At the end of the movie, when Jill is talking to her new husband, he calls her Susan. This is due to the fact that she probably changed her name after Spencer's death (she also seems to have changed her appearance).
This movie was was nominated for Best Film at the Catalonian International Film Festival in Sitges in 1999.
Nick Cassavetes plays Capt. Streck; Nick's father, John Cassavetes starred in Rosemary's Baby (1968) which bears many similarities to this film.
Clea Duvall (Nan) can be seen wearing blue contacts during several scenes in the movie. Some scenes she sports her natural brown eyes
According to the script and novelization, Spencer has formed a telepathic link with the twins his wife is carrying. The fetal twins emitted supersonic pulses which tuned with their father's senses. This explains why the alien always managed to track down Jillian whenever she went.
The Astronaut's Wife 1999
27 Aug 1999 ● English ● 1 hr 49 mins
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