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The Astronaut Farmer (2006)

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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rocket | bank | fbi | space travel | fuel | See All (160) »

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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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23 February 2007 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,454,319 (USA) (25 February 2007)

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$10,996,440 (USA) (22 April 2007)
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Trivia

In the movie Armageddon, Thornton's character plays a character that never got to go into outer space. See more »

Goofs

The craft's landing was much slower and softer than an actual Mercury landing. A Mercury landing on dry land would most likely have damaged the capsule and severely injured the astronaut. See more »

Quotes

Charles Farmer: What makes you think your dad would wear a pink turtleneck?
Audrey 'Audie' Farmer: The color is salmon.
Charles Farmer: That's the color on the inside of a salmon. I don't think a fish would wear that color on the outside.
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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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References The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) See more »

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I Made a Lover's Prayer
Written by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Performed by Gillian Welch
Courtesy of Acony Records
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The worst movie ever
12 July 2017 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

The most unrealistic piece of garbage I've ever seen. Why did I waste 2 hours watching this god awful sandwich of poop. The movie started off pretty well but the plot suddenly turned into a classic C grade movie. I don't even know if I can write 5 lines of text for this dumb movie. Even fourth graders would laugh at this whimsical fantasy of nonsense. Narnia was more believable.


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