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A NASA astronaut (Thornton), forced to retire years earlier so he could save his family farm, has never given up his dream of space travel and looks to build his own rocket, despite the government's threats to stop him.

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Texan Charles Farmer left the Air Force as a young man to save the family ranch when his dad died. Like most American ranchers, he owes his bank. Unlike most, he's an astrophysicist with a rocket in his barn - one he's built and wants to take into space. It's his dream. The FBI puts him under surveillance when he tries to buy rocket fuel; the FAA stalls him when he files a flight plan - it's post-9/11, after all. His wife is angry when she finds out their bank is initiating foreclosure. Charlie fears failure and decides, precipitously, to launch. Are twenty-first century American dreams just a sign of insanity? Are those who believe in dreamers only fools? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If we don't have our dreams, we have nothing.


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Rated PG for thematic material, peril and language | See all certifications »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,454,319 (USA) (23 February 2007)

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$10,996,440 (USA) (20 April 2007)
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Trivia

Virginia Madsen and Bruce Dern are alumni from the same high school, New Trier High School, which is noted for several celebrity alumni. See more »

Goofs

Upon re-entry, rockets are fired for the purpose of slowing down the capsule to sub-orbital speed, but the capsule is still traveling many thousands of miles per hour relative to the ground below. However, when Farmer fires his retrograde rockets, his capsule seemed to simply come to a stop, and drop vertically to Earth. In addition, he fired his rockets after appearing to fly over Baja California, for a landing in Texas, while in reality, descending manned spacecraft fire their rockets thousands of miles in advance of their desired landing spot. See more »

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Will Beacon: How do we know that you're not constructing a WMD?
Charles Farmer: Well, because if I was building a weapon of mass destruction, you wouldn't be able to find it.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, an interview on The Tonight Show is shown between Farmer and Jay Leno. Pictures play during the credits as well. See more »

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Before the Next Teardrop Falls
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26 February 2007 | by (Jeonju, South Korea) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie and was very disappointed. I must confess that when I went to see it it was as a last resort and wish I hadn't seen it. The movie was a very depressing one when you think of the expense and disasters that this man put his family through and the headaches he causes to pursuit a "dream" which is nothing more than bankrupting his family and sending them to the edge of sanity. Add to that this man cares nothing about bringing the government to his home and totally thinks of himself when confronted with the possibility that his family will be taken away from him and he locked up in the, excuse the pun, funny farm. Also he pursuits this goal, not out a pure desire to see space or to open it up for many people. It is simply for himself and trying to get rid of guilt over leaving NASA and his father's committing suicide. Again this did not inspire me but rather depressed me. There is no grand Americana and there is no ground swell of support it is simply a man against the world which does nothing to bring people to his aid. In moment he threatens murder, this is not the kind of inspired leadership that would hope for or expect. If you want to make yourself feel terrible, feel angry at the world and your family, and basically burn money for no good reason then go see this movie.


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