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The Astronaut Farmer -- A NASA astronaut (Thornton), forced to retire years earlier so he could save his family farm, has never give 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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The Astronaut Farmer -- Behind The Scenes: Rocket in barn
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The Astronaut Farmer -- A NASA astronaut (Thornton), forced to retire years earlier so he could save his family farm, has never give 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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23 February 2007 (USA) See more »
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If we don't have our dreams, we have nothing.
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Billy Bob Thornton ... Charles Farmer

Virginia Madsen ... Audrey 'Audie' Farmer

Max Thieriot ... Shepard Farmer

Jasper Polish ... Stanley Farmer
Logan Polish ... Sunshine Farmer

Bruce Dern ... Hal

Mark Polish ... FBI Agent Mathis

Jon Gries ... FBI Agent Killbourne

Tim Blake Nelson ... Kevin Munchak

Sal Lopez ... Pepe Garcia

J.K. Simmons ... Jacobson

Kiersten Warren ... Phyllis

Rick Overton ... Arnold 'Arnie' Millard

Richard Edson ... Chopper Miller

Elise Eberle ... Madison Roberts

Julie White ... Beth Goode

Graham Beckel ... Frank
Marshall Bell ... Judge Miller
Kathleen Arc ... Mrs. Harder
Lois Geary ... Mrs. Graham
Dianne Anderson Mathis ... Reporter #1

Bill Allen ... Reporter #2 (as William Lawrence Allen)
Gregory Chase ... NASA Committee Member

Forrest Fyre ... State Senator
Janelle Sperow ... State Congresswoman

Robert E. Fleischer ... Will Beacon

Kathy Lamkin ... Jodie

Charlie B. Brown ... Phil (as Charlie Brown)

Gary Houston ... Dr. Livingston
Richard Holcomb ... Reporter #4
Adam Taylor ... FBI Agent #1

David House ... FBI Agent #2
John Lawrence Page ... FBI Agent #3

Matthew Kimbrough ... Henry Malone
Richard McClarkin ... Karl
Brian McCallister ... Student

Jay Leno ... Himself
Doris Hargrave ... Gretchen Boyd
George McKelvey ... Doug

Steve Cormier ... Appraiser

Scarlett McAlister ... Local News Reporter
Deborah Martinez ... Reporter #3

Benjamin Petry ... Child #1 (as Ben Petry)
Cheyenne Serano ... Child #2

Robyn Reede ... Secretary

Olive Gallagher ... Morning Show Host

Kevin Wiggins ... Rocket Expert
Joan Findley ... Reporter
Mary Sue Evans ... NASA Expert

Ida Darvish ... Italian Anchorwoman

Eugene Nomura ... Japanese Anchorman

Vikrum Shah ... Hindu Anchorman (as Vik Shah)
Yvans Jourdain ... French Anchorman
Jennifer Chu ... Chinese Anchorwoman
Dallas Raines ... National Anchorman

John Burke ... Reporter
Roy Costley ... Astro 'Nut' Local

Esodie Geiger ... CNN News Reporter

J.D. Garfield ... Sky Copter Reporter (as JD Garfield)

J. Michael Oliva ... Balloon Game Carnie (as J. Michael 'Yak' Oliva)

Richard Gunn ... Square Dance Caller
Marc Miles ... Rocket Ride Operator

Jenny Gabrielle ... Vanessa
Hannah Wiggins ... Child #3
David Marcilla ... Child #4
Joe Solís ... Square Dance Caller #2 (as Joey Solis)

Mark DeLisle ... Mission Control #1

Robert Michael Lee ... MP #1

David Sullivan ... Young Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kolya Venturi ... Classmate

Evan Adrian ... Basketball Player (uncredited)

James Blackburn ... Farmer (uncredited)
Scott Flick ... Supermart Shopper (uncredited)

Brent Lambert ... Media Soundman (uncredited)
Rhett Lynch ... Towns Person (uncredited)
Lucas Ruggles ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Kim Thrasher ... Reporter #5 (uncredited)

Bruce Willis ... Col. Doug Masterson (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Polish 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mark Polish (written by) &
Michael Polish (written by)

Produced by
Len Amato .... producer
Robert Benjamin .... co-producer
Geyer Kosinski .... executive producer (as J. Geyer Kosinski)
Mark Polish .... producer
Michael Polish .... producer
Jonathan Sheldon .... associate producer
Paula Weinstein .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stuart Matthewman 
 
Cinematography by
M. David Mullen (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
James Haygood 
 
Casting by
Victoria Thomas 
 
Production Design by
Clark Hunter 
 
Art Direction by
James F. Oberlander 
 
Set Decoration by
Marcia Calosio 
 
Costume Design by
Danny Glicker 
 
Makeup Department
Enid Arias .... key hair stylist
Linda Arnold .... personal hair stylist
Lori Ann Baker .... hair stylist (as Lori Baker)
Jessie Brown .... makeup artist
Lynne K. Eagan .... makeup artist: Mr. Thornton (as Lynne Eagan)
Dorothy J. Pearl .... key makeup artist (as Dorothy Pearl)
Julia Steinberg .... assistant hair stylist
Teri Ann Uccan .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
Robert Benjamin .... unit production manager
David E. Hall .... post-production supervisor
Todd King .... post-production supervisor
Ravi D. Mehta .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Coffing .... first assistant director
Jai James .... second second assistant director
Leah King .... dga trainee
JoAnne Lowrie .... second second assistant director: additional photography
Christian Pichler .... assistant director
Christian Pichler .... second unit director
Mark Polish .... second unit director
Susan E. Walter .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
John C. Cameron .... assistant property master
Sage Emmett Connell .... set dresser
Jason Delap .... greensman
Ralph Diaz .... on-set greens
Chadney Everett .... set dresser
Michael Flowers .... leadman
Marisa Frantz .... set designer
Bobbi Jo Gonzales .... props
Paul Harman .... signwriter
Arlen Johnson .... general foreman
Caylen Johnson .... welding foreman
Johnny Long .... key greens
Roberta Marquez Seret .... art department coordinator (as Roberta Marquez)
Amy Marsh .... art department coordinator
John McKey .... storyboard artist
Randy Moffitt .... propmaker
Cee Moravec .... set dresser: dayplayer
Amy Morrison .... buyer
Robbie Mueller .... swing gang
Chris Painter .... greens person
Gary Petersen .... construction gang boss
Ian Scroggins .... swing gang
Upton Shipley .... on-set painter
Juan Souter .... swing gang
Keith Walters .... property master
Christopher Windisch .... construction coordinator
Colin Zaug .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
Jean-Michel Beranger .... french dubbing mixer
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound effects editor
Michael Brown .... assistant sound editor
Bayard Carey .... production sound mixer: second unit
Mark Ettel .... sound re-recording mixer: temp dubs
Steven Gerrior .... assistant sound editor
Jon Johnson .... sound designer
Anthony Krajchir .... sound engineer
Val Kuklowsky .... sound editor
Erik H. Magnus .... sound mixer: second unit (as Erik Magnus)
Matthew Nicolay .... production sound mixer
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... sound effects editor
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Miguel Rivera .... dialogue editor
Christopher Sheldon .... supervising sound editor
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Brad Sokol .... assistant sound editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Chris Trent .... foley mixer
Stacey A. Washer .... boom operator
John Weitz .... sound mixer: second unit
John Weitz .... utility sound
 
Special Effects by
David Baca .... special effects technician
Nicole Hansen .... special effects technician
Scott Hastings .... special effects foreman
Joel Hobbie .... special effects technician
Geoffrey C. Martin .... special effects coordinator
John Palmer .... special effects coordinator: WonderWorks
Gary Petersen .... special effects foreman
 
Visual Effects by
Jeffrey Edward Baksinski .... cg supervisor
Jacob Bergman .... animator
Damon Bingham .... visual effects producer
Christian Bloch .... digital effects artist: Eden FX
Chad Bonanno .... animator: title designer
Randy Brown .... compositing supervisor
Craig Crawford .... digital compositor/lighting
David Ebner .... visual effects supervisor: CafeFX
Leif Einarsson .... digital effects artist
Karl Formander .... visual effects
Vicki Galloway-Weimer .... visual effects executive producer: CafeFX (as Vicki Galloway Weimer)
Phillip Giles .... lighting technical director
Robin Scott Graham .... digital compositor: Cafe Fx
Rimas Juchnevicius .... digital compositor
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Rodney Montague .... visual effects producer
Phillip Moses .... visual effects coordinator: CafeFX
Josh Novak .... lead compositor: main title sequence
Jim O'Hagan .... digital compositor: Pacific Title
Desi Ortiz .... visual effects senior editor: CafeFX
Jason Piccioni .... visual effects supervisor
Richard R. Reed .... digital compositor
Gabrielle Barrere Robinson .... visual effects production manager
Bernardo Rodriguez .... visual effects editor: CafeFX
Mark Shoaf .... digital artist
Bill Spradlin .... lighting technical director
Danny Torres .... systems administrator
Dawn Turner .... visual effects coordinator
Dan Wanket .... visual effects
Jan Yarbrough .... digital intermediate colorist
Genevieve Yee .... lighting artist
Vincent Lavares .... data manager (uncredited)
Chris B. Schnitzer .... visual effects production supervisor: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
Antonio Torres .... digital artist: Pacific Title (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Michael Adams .... stunts
Brian Avery .... stunt double
Courtney Farnsworth .... utility stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunt coordinator
Manfred Leuthard .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James 'Keeper' Auld .... grip
Nick Barros .... electrician
Jeff Bettis .... grip
Theodore Y. Bott .... best boy rigging electric
Tom Boyd .... underwater camera operator
Denise Brady .... best boy grip: second unit
Chip Byrd .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Cary Caraway .... super technocrane operator
Beau Chaput .... Steadicam operator
Beau Chaput .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jacob Cottrell .... electrician
David Cummings .... grip
Keith Eisberg .... additional camera operator
Keith Eisberg .... key first assistant camera
Harland Espeset .... dolly grip
Ben Estrada .... grip
Richard Foreman Jr. .... still photographer
Brad Heiner .... key grip
Hank Herrera .... best boy grip
Aubrey Husar .... grip
Steven Litecky .... gaffer
Robert Lowell .... first assistant camera: second unit
Michael Manzanares .... grip
Dan Misner .... grip
Keith Morgan .... gaffer: additional photography
Stephen Mullen .... gaffer: second unit
David Jaxx Nagro .... dolly grip: second unit
Charlie Newberry .... second assistant camera
Ray Ortega .... electrician
Noah Peter .... grip
Philip C. Pfeiffer .... camera operator: second unit
Theo Pingarelli .... camera operator
James R. Powell .... assistant camera
Derick Pritchard .... lighting technician
Thomas Pugh .... gaffer: additional photography
Alejandro Snodgrass .... grip
Luke Bird Stern .... camera: second unit
Michael Warren .... key rigging grip
Peter Weidenfeller .... dolly grip
Corey Weintraub .... camera loader: second unit
Jeffrey Wilkins .... additional photographer
Ryland Witten-Smith .... grip
Neil Wittman .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Jo Edna Boldin .... casting: New Mexico
Darlene Hansen .... extras casting
Marie A. Kohl .... local casting associate
Robyn Owen .... associate casting director: Los Angeles
Yesi Ramirez .... casting assistant
Lucas Ruggles .... extras casting assistant
Marlo Tiede .... casting assistant (as Marlo Hughling)
Jesse Trevino .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aleah Ames .... key set costumer
Maria Bentfield .... additional costumer
Kelly Chambers .... costumes
Emily Egge .... set costumer
Christopher Gilman .... specialty costumes: Mercury Suit
Lisa Hyde .... key costumer
Ann Miller .... costumer: Mr. Thornton (as Annie Miller)
Daniela Moore .... wardrobe supervisor
Claire Sandrin .... set costumer
Phyllis Thurber-Moffit .... costume textile artist
Danlee Winegar .... key costumer
Pilar Agoyo .... seamstress (uncredited)
George Sartiano .... specialty costumes (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mark Dinicola .... digital intermediate colorist
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Kathleen Largay .... film recordist
Amber McKenzie .... on-line assistant
Alex Renskoff .... assistant editor
Aidan Stanford .... color timer
Christine Vasquez .... digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
Bobby Collins .... music licensing
Jay Duerr .... music editor
Geoff Foster .... music engineer
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Jake Jackson .... assistant music engineer
Rob Mathes .... composer: additional music
Rob Mathes .... conductor
Rob Mathes .... music arranger
Rob Mathes .... orchestrator
Stuart Matthewman .... music mixer
Stuart Matthewman .... music performer
Stuart Matthewman .... music producer
Maurice Murphy .... musician: trumpet solos
Bruce White .... viola
 
Transportation Department
Charley Bob Burnham .... transportation captain
Bruce Comtois .... driver
Brian Kay .... transportation captain
Mike McKenny .... driver: cast
Dennis Milliken .... transportation coordinator
James William Ray .... driver
Eric Rivera .... transportation co-captain
Paul Salard III .... driver: honeywagon
Lucas Stein .... driver
Harold L. Woods .... driver: production van
 
Other crew
Lillian Awa .... production assistant
Bradford Berling .... art director: titles, Picture Mill
Kyle Bramwell .... wrangler
Anna Burd .... production assistant
Misty Carlisle .... production assistant
Tim Carroll .... livestock coordinator
Kelly Chambers .... production assistant
Claire Chandou .... first assistant accountant: re-shoots
Celli Crawford .... assistant to producer
Stephen J. Eads .... assistant: Bruce Willis
Colin Edlund .... key craft service
Gino Falla .... first assistant accountant
Jillian Giacomini .... script supervisor
Jennifer Gingery .... production assistant
Karen A. Harris .... assistant production office coordinator
Rebecca Hilliard .... production coordinator
Jason Huberman .... post-production accountant
Judith Jennings .... studio teacher
Bradley Jones .... unit publicist
Lois King .... script supervisor: second unit
Linda Labov .... assistant: Paula Weinstein
Daryl C. Lefever .... production accountant
Sandy Lizaola-Hernandez .... physical production coordinator
John W. Mader .... production assistant
David Manzanares .... location manager
Tracy E. Maurer .... assistant production coordinator: re-shoots
Kathy McHugh .... production coordinator: re-shoots
John P. Meade .... location scout
Kathleen Messmer .... script supervisor: second unit
Carlos A. Montoya .... set staff assistant
Randy E. Moore .... craft service
Dan Noah .... production secretary
Aimie Olson .... set medic
Joe Pepper .... lawyer
Hilton Clay Peres .... assistant location manager
Myleshia Perryman .... assistant: Len Amato
Roderick Peyketewa .... assistant location manager
Marissa Salgado .... set medic
Joshua Sallach .... production assistant
David Henry Schneider .... assistant: Bruce Dern
Kristin Scott .... assistant: Billy Bob Thornton
Faith Strongheart .... set production assistant
Alan Swain .... location scout
William Thompson .... personal fitness trainer
Dan Tipton .... assistant: Mr. Smith, re-shoots
Karen Turner .... payroll accountant
Betty Weaver .... location manager: WSNM
Melissa J. White .... assistant production office coordinator (as Melissa White)
Peter Christian White .... on-set technical advisor
Evan Adrian .... double: Max Thieriot (uncredited)
Marc C. Geschwind .... extras coordinator (uncredited)
Christina Hwang .... title producer (uncredited)
Pino Moreau .... dubbing voice (uncredited)
G.Q. Sanchez .... fire safety officer (uncredited)
Adam Wollenberg .... production coordinator (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG for thematic material, peril and language
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104 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: For his first launch, Farmer fuels the rocket with kerosene and hydrazine. Either one can be used as a rocket fuel, but both are worthless without an oxidizer. Even combined, he never would have gotten an ignition, let alone a failed launch.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sicko (2007)See more »
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Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)See more »

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18 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Slow and corny, 23 February 2007
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

"If we don't have our dreams, we have nothing" Charles Farmer

How do you take an inherently interesting story about a former pilot and astronaut drop out, who launches himself into orbit, and make that story slow, dull, and corny? The Polish brothers (director, writers) achieve that state possibly because the modest $13 million budget is still much more than they ever had and their approach is too reverential to the hero, who by any standards pursues a quixotic goal of launching himself at the risk of jettisoning his family and close friends.

Charles Farmer (Billie Bob Thornton) is determined to achieve his goal in the face of losing his too well ordered and clean farm and his loving, dutiful, and way too accepting wife, Audrey (Virginia Madsen). Thornton, underplaying with that fetching drawl and highly-developed outsider persona, does a credible job of dreaming his impossible dream without appearing unstable or psychotic. Madsen, while always attractive, has such a clichéd part as the long-suffering mate that the character could appear to be even more unrealistic than her husband.

The two young daughters mug for the camera or make too much happy to be credible. Only two characters ring true all the time: Farmer's son, Shephard (Max Thierot), who is cool as a teen mission controller; and an uncredited Bruce Willis, who plays an ex-astronaut friend of Farmer trying to talk him out of a potentially disastrous launch. Everyone else is a caricature, as the film itself is almost a parody of the American dream: It relies on the American tradition of individualism, evenat the expense of those closest to the dreamer. That's an American tragedy.

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