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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)

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$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

The capsule is shown firing all three retro rockets at once. The actual retros are fired in a sequence five seconds apart. 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 »

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References The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) See more »

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(Hey Baby) Que Paso
Written by Augie Meyers and Bill Sheffield
Performed by Texas Tornados
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Two Overriding Horrible Flaws
26 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1. The theme of "never give up, follow your dream" is tried and true. But why pick the topic of space travel done impossibly? You can't fool mother nature, and the physics and engineering in this movie tries to convince you that you can. The reason it costs billions of dollars to get into space is not because of waste and paperwork--even if that accounted for 90%, it will still cost $100 million plus. The reason is that it is excruciatingly hard to safely control an explosion of that magnitude and get into orbit without killing the passengers and everyone in the surrounding town.

2. The government is not trying to suppress private enterprise in space. Over the past few years private people have won prizes for getting into space and Branson, the Virgin Air guy, is selling tickets there. Its typical movie-making to invent a villain, but don't these filmmakers pay attention to current events?


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