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The Astronaut Farmer (2006)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Munchak
Arnold 'Arnie' Millard
Chopper Miller
Madison Roberts


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 February 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Astronaut Farmer  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


The doctor examining Farmer's eye is looking through an otoscope - an instrument for examining the ear canal. He should be using an ophthalmoscope to look into the eyes. See more »


Judge Miller: [grabs a paddle] Assume the position.
Will Beacon: You're not really gonna whack me with that thing, are you?
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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 »


References Good Morning America (1975) See more »


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Feel Good Movie
8 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this last night at an advanced screening. This was a really nice feel good movie for the entire family. I brought my 6 year old daughter and she thoroughly enjoyed it. The thematic content I believe was appropriate for someone as young as her, but I might not bring a younger child to this movie. There were about 5-6 swear words, but she didn't even pick up on them. Billy Bob Thornton did a great job in this movie. Bruce Willis' cameo really was nice. The movie was slow in a few parts. The grandfather's role wasn't totally clear to me, and some of the comedic parts seemed a bit forced. Overall, I enjoyed this movie quite a bit.

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