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The Astronaut Farmer (2006) Poster

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When Farmer is about to launch, Shepard says: "Cleared for launch at zero hour nine a.m.," an homage to the Elton John song "Rocket Man."
FBI Agent Mathis is played by Mark Polish, who co-wrote the screenplay with his twin brother, writer/director Michael Polish.
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In the movie Armageddon, Thornton's character plays a character that never got to go into outer space.
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Billy Bob Thornton and Bruce Willis also shared screen time in Armageddon (1998), where the same topics of space, astronauts and rocket spaceships are highly concentrated on.
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In the scene where Charles Farmer asks the employee of Dunkin Dounts for advertising on his rocket, the shot shows Farmer in front of a large glass window in front of a graveyard with a short chain link fence around it. The shot of the employee is the inside of the real Dunkin Donuts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The graveyard in the shot is a real graveyard with graves dating back to roughly 1910, and is behind the Dunkin Donuts.
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During the filming in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico, Billy Bob Thornton did a "One stop promotion tour" as he put it, for both his album Hobo, and The Astronaut Farmer at the Santa Fe bookstore, Borders.
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While the movie is set completely in Texas the filming was all done in and around Santa Fe and Alamogordo, New Mexico.
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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.
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The song playing in the background at the county fair is sung by Dwight Yoakam. Billy Bob Thornton starred with, and directed, Dwight Yoakam in Sling Blade (1996.
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The premise is similar to Salvage 1, which was a short-lived TV series (starring Andy Griffith) in 1979 in which a small company builds a small commercial rocket for outer-space salvage of space hardware. Just like in that series, both rockets use Hydrazine for fuel.
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In Armageddon, Billy Bob Thornton's character wanted to go into space but couldn't. Bruce Willis' character did go into space. In this movie, Billy Bob Thornton's character goes into space. Bruce Willis's character stays grounded.
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Farmer rode a Mercury/Atlas into space.
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