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 <>

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When the first, failed launch attempt causes the rocket to tear across the terrain horizontally, the rocket shoots right through a billboard, leaving a hole only about three feet across, much smaller than the diameter of the rocket. See more »


Charles Farmer: Ladies and gentleman, may I have your attention, please? I'm going to the moon, and I'm bringing a balloon.
Shepard Farmer: I'm going to the moon and I'm bringing an oxygen tank.
Charles Farmer: I believe you're going to the moon.
Stanley Farmer: I'm going to the moon, and I'm bringing Mr. Grump.
Audrey 'Audie' Farmer: No, but not at the table.
Shepard Farmer: You're not bringing a hamster to the moon.
Stanley Farmer: Yes, I can.
Charles Farmer: Yes, she can. I believe she's going to the moon.
Stanley Farmer: Ooh. Ha ha.
Sunshine Farmer: I'm going to the moon, and I'm gonna bring sugar.
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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 »


Referenced in HypaSpace: Episode #6.25 (2007) See more »


Before the Next Teardrop Falls
Written by Ben Peters and Vivian Keith
Performed by Freddy Fender
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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