The Astronaut Farmer

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An aspiring astronaut who was forced to forsake his dream of exploring space in order to save the family farm begins building his own personal rocket as a means of reaching the stars in this quirky rural drama starring Billy Bob Thornton. There once was a time when Charlie Farmer Thornton seemed like a shoo-in for NASA's esteemed astronaut training program. An Air Force pilot who held a degree in aerospace engineering, Charlie was well on his way to blasting off when a family crisis grounded his celestial ...
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Overview

An aspiring astronaut who was forced to forsake his dream of exploring space in order to save the family farm begins building his own personal rocket as a means of reaching the stars in this quirky rural drama starring Billy Bob Thornton. There once was a time when Charlie Farmer Thornton seemed like a shoo-in for NASA's esteemed astronaut training program. An Air Force pilot who held a degree in aerospace engineering, Charlie was well on his way to blasting off when a family crisis grounded his celestial aspirations. Of course, Charlie's feet may be firmly planted on terra firma these days, but his thoughts are constantly ascending into the clouds and beyond. It's been ten long years since the man who would navigate the stars began tending to the family farm, and during that time, Charlie has dedicated every moment of his spare time to building the rocket that will one day launch him into space. Though his devoted wife, Audie Virginia Madsen, the pair's three children, Sunshine, Stanley, and Shepard, and even his father-in-law, Hal Bruce Dern, all support Charlie in achieving his lifelong goal of becoming the nation's first independent astronaut, a last-minute hitch on the eve before the big launch unexpectedly stalls Charlie's countdown. It seems that Charlie's quest to obtain a substantial amount of high-grade rocket fuel has attracted the attention of not only the FBI, but the CIA, the FAA, and the United States military as well. Now, as the powers that be attempt to ground Charlie, citing concerns for civilian safety, a media frenzy descends upon the once-quiet farm as the reluctant renegade hero vows to show his children just how far one's courage and willingness to pursue one's own ideals can get a person when one refuses to give up hope. Northfork writing/directing duo Mark and Michael Polish team up to tell the tale of a man considered an oddity by his neighbors, a criminal by the government, and an inspiration by the media and the people.
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Special Features

How to Build a Rocket: The Making of The Astronaut Farmer; A Conversation With Astronaut David Scott; Bloopers and Outtakes; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (main feature. Bonus material/trailer may noy be subtitled
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • UPC: 012569822924
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Widescreen & Full Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,310

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Bob Thornton Charles Farmer
Virginia Madsen Audrey "Audie" Farmer
Max Thieriot Shepard Farmer
Jasper Polish Stanley Farmer
Logan Polish Sunshine Farmer
Bruce Dern Hal
Jon Gries Agent Kilborne, FBI Agent Killbourne
Mark Polish FBI Agen Mathis
Tim Blake Nelson Kevin Munchak
Sal Lopez Pepe Garcia
J.K. Simmons Jacobson
Bruce Willis The Colonel
Kiersten Warren Phyllis
Rick Overton Arnold "Amie" Millard
Richard Barela
Richard Edson Chopper Miller
Elise Eberle Madison Roberts
Julie White Beth Goode
Graham Beckel Frank
Marshall Bell Judge Miller
Kathleen Arc Mrs. Harder
Lois Geary Mrs. Graham
Dianne Anderson Mathis Reporter #1
William Lawrence Allen Reporter #2
Gregory Chase NASA Committee Member
Forrest Fyre State Senator
Janelle Sperow State Congresswoman
Robert E. Fleischer Will Beacon
Kathy Lamkin Jodie
Charlie Brown Phil
Gary Houston Dr. Livingston
Richard Holcomb Reporter #4
Adam Taylor FBI Agent #1
David House FBI Agent #2
John Lawrence Page FBI Agent #3
Mark Mathis ABC News Reporter
Matthew Kimbrough Henry Malone
Richard McClarkin Karl
Brian McCallister Student
Jay Leno Jay Leno
Doris Hargrave Gretchen Boyd
George McKelvey Doug
Steve Cormier Appraiser
Scarlett McAlister Local New Reporter
Deborah Martinez Reporter #3
Benjamin Petry Child #1
Cheyenne Serano Child #2
Robyn Reede Secretary
Olive Gallagher Morning Show Host
Kevin Wiggins Rocket Expert
Joan Findley Reporter
Mary Sue Evans NASA Expert
Ida Darvish Italian Anchorwoman
Eugene Nomura Japanese Anchorman
Vikrum Shah Hindu Anchorman
Yvans Jourdain French Anchorman
Jennifer Chu Chinese Anchorwoman
Dallas Raines National Anchorman
John Burke Reporter
Roy Costley Astro "Nut" Local
Esodie Geiger CNN News Reporter
JD Garfield Sky Copter Reporter
J. Michael "Yak" Oliva Balloon Game Carnie
Richard Gunn Square Dance Caller
Marc Miles Rocket Ride Operator
Jenny Gabrielle Vanessa
Hannah Wiggins Child #3
David Marcilla Child #4
Joey Solis Squarer Dance Caller #2
Mark DeLisle Mission Control #1
Robert Michael Lee MP #1
David Sullivan Young Man
Technical Credits
Michael Polish Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Adams Stunts
Len Amato Producer
Brian Avery Stunts
David Baca Special Effects
Robert N. Benjamin Co-producer
Maria Bentfield Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Berto Stunts
Jesse Brown Makeup
Marie Burk Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Coffing Asst. Director
Lynne Eagan Makeup
Emily Egge Costumes/Costume Designer
Courtney Farnsworth Stunts
Daniel Glicker Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Hastings Special Effects
James Haygood Editor
Joel Hobbie Special Effects
Clark Hunter Production Designer
Robert Jauregui Stunts
Jon Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
J. Geyer Kosinski Executive Producer
Shirley Kurata Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Lambert Stunts
Steve Leeds Stunts
Lynn Lockwood Camera Operator
Stuart Matthewman Score Composer
Annie Miller Costumes/Costume Designer
M. David Mullen Cinematographer
Matthew Nicolay Sound/Sound Designer
James Oberlander Art Director
Gary Peterson Special Effects
Theo Pingarelli Camera Operator
Mark Polish Producer, Screenwriter
Jonathan Sheldon Associate Producer
Victoria Thomas Casting
Billy Bob Thornton Producer
Steve Vandiver Special Effects
Susan Walter Asst. Director
Paula Weinstein Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Astronaut Farmer - Widescreen Version
1. Credits [3:06]
2. High Standard [3:22]
3. Going to the Moon [6:48]
4. Assume the Position [4:14]
5. Nurse Goode [2:57]
6. Farmer Space Program [2:31]
7. Enter the FBI [3:24]
8. Embrace the Media [3:57]
9. Show of Normalcy [3:18]
10. The Other Woman [4:38]
11. Forget the Rocket [2:58]
12. You're the Threat [6:50]
13. Not Taking Care of Us [3:49]
14. Dreaming Together [2:50]
15. Space Available [1:53]
16. Final Resting Space [2:46]
17. Not the Good Guy [2:44]
18. Sudden Launch [3:58]
19. You Can't Give Up [3:00]
20. Let's Not Play That Game [3:53]
21. Show How It's Done [6:02]
22. Relaunch Day [3:48]
23. Blastoff [3:17]
24. Astronaut Farmer [4:07]
25. Out and Within Reach [4:03]
26. Reentry and Landing [3:43]
27. End Credits [5:52]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Astronaut Farmer: Full Screen Version
1. Credits [3:06]
2. High Standard [3:22]
3. Going to the Moon [6:48]
4. Assume the Position [4:14]
5. Nurse Goode [2:57]
6. Farmer Space Program [2:31]
7. Enter the FBI [3:24]
8. Embrace the Media [3:57]
9. Show of Normalcy [3:18]
10. The Other Woman [4:38]
11. Forget the Rocket [2:58]
12. You're the Threat [6:50]
13. Not Taking Care of Us [3:49]
14. Dreaming Together [2:50]
15. Space Available [1:53]
16. Final Resting Space [2:46]
17. Not the Good Guy [2:44]
18. Sudden Launch [3:58]
19. You Can't Give Up [3:00]
20. Let's Not Play That Game [3:53]
21. Show How It's Done [6:02]
22. Relaunch Day [3:48]
23. Blastoff [3:17]
24. Astronaut Farmer [4:07]
25. Out and Within Reach [4:03]
26. Reentry and Landing [3:43]
27. End Credits [5:52]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- The Astronaut Farmer - Widescreen Version
   Play
   Scenes
   Features
      How to Build a Rocket: The Making of the Astronaut Farmer
      Bloopers and Outtakes
      A Conversation With David Scott - NASA Astronaut
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #1, Side B -- The Astronaut Farmer: Full Screen Version
   Play
   Scenes
   Features
      How to Build a Rocket: The Making of the Astronaut Farmer
      Bloopers and Outtakes
      A Conversation With David Scott - NASA Astronaut
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Tender Little Family Film About the Importance of Dreams

    THE ASTRONAUT FARMER is a sound little film with a warm message about living for your dreams. The best part about this film is its honesty in not pushing the limits to make a point. It does require the audience to release a bit of credibility, but stories that are fables are pretty rare in film these days and that is reason enough to enter this one. Twin brothers Michael and Mark Polish ('Northfork', 'Twin Falls Idaho', 'Jackpot') wrote and directed this work and have a style that begs indulgence on the part of the viewer, but the style is unique and consistent and is proving to be a fascinating source of art house movie making. Charles Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton) is a retired military man who trained as an astronaut but retired to save his family farm in Texas. He dreams of a life as an astronaut and with the encouragement of his wife Audie (Virginia Madsen), grandfather Hal (Bruce Dern), son Shepard (Max Thieriot) and other children, Farmer has built a rocket and a space ship, going against all odds to be the first citizen astronaut. Though many of the little town's citizens question Farmer's credibility and though the bank threatens to foreclose on his over-borrowed farm, Farmer persists - his only major problem occurs when he orders 10,000 gallons of fuel, a factor that alerts the FBI. But Farmer manages to remain focused to achieve his dream and the ending of the movie reveals the payoff to his persistence. The cast is excellent with Thornton giving one of his more docile roles and succeeding in making Farmer win our hearts. Minor roles make use of the talents of Tim Blake Nelson, J.K. Simmons, Sal Lopez and Kiersten Warren among others. The pleasure of this fantasy film is the lack of need for computer-generated animation: the magic is in the warmth of the characters and their dreams. This is a fine little film for a large, sensitive audience. Grady Harp

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