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Film / The American Astronaut

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The American Astronaut is a 2001 Space Western Science Fiction musical written by, directed by, and starring Cory McAbee.

The story centers around space captain Samuel Curtis (McAbee), who finds himself in the middle of a Chain of Deals to give the Venusians a new king and earn a few bucks while being chased by the mentally-unbalanced Professor Hess who sabotages his plans.

In this original take of Sci-Fi, space is mostly guided by roughnecks and all spaceships seems to be easy repaired with hammers, giving it a feeling of Used Future for truckers, which goes along pretty well with the awesome music, this can only be described as a Firefly musical with Flash Gordon serial props.

Also by the same people (and in the same vein) is Stingray Sam.


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  • Chain of Deals: Sam must return the late king of Venus to his family on Earth. To do so, he must provide Venus with a new king, so he will give the owner of Jupiter a woman and he will give in return The Boy Who Actually Saw A Woman's Breast. The woman in turn is a clone of Eddy, the owner of the Ceres Crossroads who wanted a cat.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Curtis woos the Queen of Venus with "The Girl With The Vagina Made of Glass". Despite being played as if it's a Serenade Your Lover scene, the lyrics are incredibly raunchy.
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  • Mars Needs Women: Jupiter needs women and Venus needs men.
  • Schizo Tech: Rayguns, spaceships, portable cloning devices and yet we still use razor blades to shave.
  • The Un-Reveal: The audience is left in the dark about Sam and the Professor’s shared past when the movie enters into a slideshow-like montage of Sam and the Boy just as Sam begins to explain. Nevertheless, they both seem to find the story hilarious.
  • Used Future: This version of space consists mostly of grease monkeys, miners and hard-boiled thieves.
  • Villainous Breakdown: It is not unusual for Professor Hess to fall into this every once in a while.


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