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The Astronaut Farmer (2006)

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A NASA astronaut, 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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Michael Polish

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Bob Thornton ... Charles Farmer
Virginia Madsen ... Audrey 'Audie' Farmer
Max Thieriot ... Shepard Farmer
Jasper Polish ... Stanley Farmer
Logan Polish 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
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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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Virginia Madsen and Bruce Willis worked together on Moonlighting (1985). See more »

Goofs

During the flight, Farmer's capsule comes very close to what apparently is a communications satellite. Typically communications satellites are in geosynchronous orbit 22,236 miles above the surface of the earth. Since Farmer's orbit was planned for 100 statute miles perigee (and presumably an apogee around 175 statute miles, typical for Project Mercury), there is no way he would ever come within sight of a communications satellite. See more »

Quotes

Will Beacon: How do we know that you're not constructing a WMD?
Charles Farmer: Well, because if I was building a weapon of mass destruction, you wouldn't be able to find it.
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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 »


Soundtracks

I Made a Lover's Prayer
Written by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Performed by Gillian Welch
Courtesy of Acony Records
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Slow and corny
23 February 2007 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Astronaut Farmer See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,454,319, 25 February 2007

Gross USA:

$11,003,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,130,889
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2.39 : 1
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