Movies Astronaut’s Wife, The (1999, Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron) Published 5 months ago on September 21, 2018 In The Astronaut’s Wife and for the second time in her career – after Devil’s Advocate – Ms Theron finds herself on the Eastern Seaboard at the mercy of supernatural forces offering genuine suspense and a compelling plot. Theron plays Jillian Armacost, wife of NASA hero Spencer (Johnny Depp), who has left space travel behind after suffering a brief blackout on his last trip. The incident sparks eccentric behaviour and is mirrored by his fellow astronaut Alex (Nick Cassavetes), who dies in mysterious circumstances shortly after returning to Earth. Discovering she is pregnant with twins, Jillian encounters Sherman Reese (Joe Morton), a NASA whistleblower who claims her husband has been possessed by an alien force. As evidence mounts, she begins to suspect the truth of his claims, and decides to induce a miscarriage. But Spencer has other plans for her, and moves to ensure his new family thrive, whatever the cost… Rand Ravich’s debut feature may not be wholly original – see Rosemary’s Baby – but it knows how to shock, working as both conventional horror movie and psychological thriller. As with A Beautiful Mind, the central figure’s dilemma is ambiguous, deriving from either justifiable evidence or mounting paranoia. Depp and Theron perpetuate the suspense and follow the director’s instructions to ‘carry the audience along on an impending sense of doom,’ helped by Allen Daviau’s photography (using some of the same washed-out tints he applied when working on E.T. ). Special effects are marginalised in favour of character development, with Jillian’s neuroses mirrored in the depiction of Manhattan as a claustrophobic and threatening arena. production details USA | 109 minutes | 1999 Director: Rand Ravich Script: Rand Ravich, cast Tom Noonan as Jackson McLaren Tom O’Brien as Allen Dodge Clea DuVall as Nan Samantha Eggar as Dr. Patraba Blair Brown as Shelly McLaren Gary Grubbs as NASA Director Julian Barnes as Waiter Joe Morton as Sherman Reese Johnny Depp as Commander Spencer Armacost Charlize Theron as Jillian Armacost Nick Cassavetes as Captain Alex Streck Donna Murphy as Natalie Streck Lucy Lin as Shelly Carter Michael Crider as Pat Elliott Rondi Reed as Dr. Conlin Conrad Bachmann as Reporter Sarah Dampf as Paula, 2nd Grade Student Charles Lanyer as Spencer’s Doctor Gary Carlos Cervantes as Doctor Seth Barrish as Yuppie Shark Ellen Lancaster as Dried Up Socialite Priscilla Shanks as Woman Jennifer Burry as Second Woman Susan Cella as Third Woman Linda Powell as Fourth Woman Elston Ridgle as Security Guard Robert Sella as Maitre D’ Samantha Carpel as Reporter (Video) Stephen Berger as Doorman Michael Luceri as Waiter at Party Ben Van Bergen as Storage Facility Client Edward Kerr as Pilot Cole Sprouse as Twin Dylan Sprouse as Twin Carl Burrows as Businessman (uncredited) Buck Holland as Mission Control (uncredited) Blair BrownCharlize TheronClea DuVallDonna MurphyDramaGary GrubbsJoe MortonJohnny DeppJulian BarnesNick CassavetesRand RavichSamantha EggarScience FictionThrillerTom NoonanTom O'Brien Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes21 hours ago Miracle Workers: 12 Days (TBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) 12 Days: A troublesome human complicates Craig and Eliza’s plan, while Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials. 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