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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
When Farmer is about to launch, Shepard says: "Cleared for launch at zero hour nine AM," an homage to the Elton John song "Rocket Man." See more »
Farmer is able to communicate with his ground controller, Sheppard, throughout the flight, except when his radio system is not operational due to a malfunction. In fact, radio transmissions are only possible if the antenna of the transmitter has a "line of sight" to the receiver. Farmer could not speak with his ground controller when he was on the other side of the Earth. NASA uses a series of antennas located around the world to receive and relay radio signals to Houston, the home of NASA Mission Comtrol at the Johnson Space Center. See more »
Texan farmer Charles Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton) is obsessed with his rocket dreams. He risks everything including his farm. The bank is at the door step, and now the government is there too as he tries to buy rocket fuel.
Mark and Michael Polish twins have created some nice Americana cheese. It has the little guy hero and he's confronted by overwhelming opposition. He and his wife Audrey (Virginia Madsen) lead a nuclear Rockwellian family. The most interesting thing is how much she supports him. When she finds out the bank trouble, it provided the most drama in the whole movie.
The biggest problem is the lack of suspense or any surprises. The characters are all cookie cutter creations. They even got Bruce Willis offering Farmer a ride on the shuttle. Armageddon anyone? The story unfolds with barely a twist in sight.
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