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The Astronaut Farmer (2006)

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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rocket | bank | fbi | space travel | fuel | See All (160) »

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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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23 February 2007 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,454,319 (USA) (25 February 2007)

Gross:

$10,996,440 (USA) (22 April 2007)
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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. 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 »

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Audrey 'Audie' Farmer: I expect you home for dinner.
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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 »

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Referenced in Sicko (2007) See more »

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Written and Performed by Dale Watson
Courtesy of Truckstop Mall Records
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Very uplifting and entertaining!
4 February 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I just came back from an advanced screening of this film in Toronto and I really did not know what to expect. I had a free coupon for it and really had no idea what the film was about. Although being skeptical at first I must say that this is an amazing film. It's humorous, it's engaging, and in general a real feel-good movie, with solid performances by everyone including the child-actors. Even though the story may seem outrageous and unrealistic, the emotions evoked are completely genuine and make this film one of the greatest surprises for me this year. I definitely recommend this film for everyone as it demonstrates how dreams define who we are and should never die.


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