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The Astronaut Farmer (2006)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  23 February 2007 (USA)
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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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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 »

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The type of Atlas rocket show in the film was designed without a rigid internal skeleton. It was held up by pressurized fuel tanks. If the capsule were loaded atop as shown without the rocket being fueled and pressurized, it would have collapsed under its own weight. See more »

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Charles Farmer: You see, when I was a kid, they used to tell me that I could be anything I wanted to be. No matter what. And maybe I am insane, I don't know, but I still believe that.
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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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List of Reasons
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Americana Cheese
9 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

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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