The Reluctant Astronaut

The Reluctant Astronaut

Director: Edward J. Montagne Jr. Cast: Don Knotts, Leslie Nielsen, Joan Freeman

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Roy Fleming (Don Knotts) is signed on to the space program at NASA by his father Buck (Arthur O'Connell), a gung-ho former World War I vet who is trying to make something out of his son. Roy becomes a janitor who is afraid of heights and mistaken for an astronaut through a series of comedic mishaps. (Jesse White) plays Roy's boss Donelli, with (Leslie Nielsen) as space hero Major Gifford. Knotts uses his patented brand of nervousness to perfection in this lighthearted situation comedy.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2003
UPC: 0025192354526
Original Release: 1967
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 33,642

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Knotts Roy Fleming
Leslie Nielsen Major Fred Gifford
Joan Freeman Ellie Jackson
Jesse White Donelli
Jeanette Nolan Mrs. Fleming
Arthur O'Connell Buck Fleming
Frank McGrath Plank
Joan Shawlee Blonde in bar
Guy Raymond Bert
Nydia Westman Aunt Zena
Paul Hartman Rush
Robert Pickering Moran
Ceil Cabot Waitress
Fabian Dean Bus Driver
Fay deWitt Secretary
Burt Mustin Ned
Robert Simon Cervantes

Technical Credits
Edward J. Montagne Director,Producer
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
George Brown Special Effects
Bill DeCinces Art Director
Hank Edds Makeup
Jim Fritzell Screenwriter
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Everett Greenbaum Screenwriter
David Lee Special Effects
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Vic Mizzy Score Composer
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Sam E. Waxman Editor
Bud Westmore Makeup
Rex Wimpy Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. All Systems Go! (Main Titles) [7:41]
2. You've Been Accepted [6:02]
3. A Credit to the Universe [3:42]
4. Afraid of Heights [3:50]
5. The Space Center [6:24]
6. Report for Duty [4:48]
7. Astronaut in Training [6:46]
8. Welcome Home [8:52]
9. Don't Quit Now [4:57]
10. Unexpected Tourists [4:37]
11. A Sled Ride [7:41]
12. Least Qualified Individual [5:45]
13. Prepare for Space [7:11]
14. Ignition Blastoff [5:27]
15. In Orbit [4:38]
16. Computer Jam-Up [5:57]
17. Firing Retrorockets [3:41]
18. End Titles [3:22]

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The Reluctant Astronaut 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only better performance in cinematic history is Knotts' role in "The Ghost & Mr Chicken."
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an astronaut I found Don Knotts portrayal of an astronaut very unrealistic. although I did find the peanut butter scene mildly humourous, in truth nasa has spent millions of dollars to ensure that such life threatening situations never arise, and space travel is not a laughing matter. Also the idea that a janitor would be shot into space as unlikely as a monkey being shot to the moon. i suppose if humour is your "thing" then you could find some enjoyment out of this slapstick "comedy."