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The Astronaut Farmer (2006) Poster

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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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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."
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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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FBI Agent Mathis is played by Mark Polish, who wrote the screenplay.
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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 actual inside of the real Dunkin Donuts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. However the graveyard in the shot is a real graveyard with graves dating back to roughly 1910. The graveyard is actually behind the Dunkin Donuts.
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Farmer rode a Mercury/Atlas into 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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