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The Astronaut Farmer (2006)



Critic Consensus: The Astronaut Farmer is a charming, inspirational drama that successfully avoids modern cinematic cliches while appealing to the optimistic dreamer in all of us.

Movie Info

Dismissed from NASA's space program, former astronaut-in-training Charles Farmer pursues his lifelong dream by building his own rocket. On the eve of his launch, he must battle foreclosure on his ranch, a small-town community of disbelievers, the FAA and FBI agents who want to shut him down in the name of Homeland Security--but he remains determined to reach his goal and instill in his children the courage to pursue their own dreams, no matter the odds.more
Rating: PG (for thematic elements, mild violence and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Polish, Mark Polish
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 10, 2007
Box Office: $11.0M
Warner Independent Pictures - Official Site


Billy Bob Thornton
as Charles Farmer
Virginia Madsen
as Audrey Farmer
Tim Blake Nelson
as Kevin Munchak
Jasper Polish
as Stanley Farmer
Logan Polish
as Sunshine Farmer
Jon Gries
as FBI Agent Killbourne
Mark Polish
as FBI Agent Mathis
Sal Lopez
as Pepe Garcia
J.K. Simmons
as Director Jacobson
Rick Overton
as Arnold Milan
Richard Edson
as Deputy Chopper Mille...
Elise Eberle
as Madison Roberts
Jay Leno
as Himself
Julie White
as Beth Goode
Marshall Bell
as Judge Miller
Kathleen Arc
as Mrs. Harder
Lois Geary
as Mrs. Graham
Gregory Chase
as NASA Committee Membe...
Forrest Fyre
as State Senator
Janelle Sperow
as State Congresswoman
Richard Holcomb
as Reporter #4
Gary Houston
as Dr. Livingston
Adam Taylor Gordon
as FBI Agent #1
Bruce Willis
as Col. Doug Masterson
David House
as FBI Agent #2
John Lawrence Page
as FBI Agent #3
Mark Mathis
as ABC News Reporter
Matthew Kimbrough
as Henry Malone
Steve Cormier
as Appraiser
Scarlett McAlister
as Local New Reporter
Deborah Martinez
as Reporter #3
Robyn Reede
as Secretary
Olive Gallagher
as Morning Show Host
Kevin Wiggins
as Rocket Expert
Joan Findley
as Reporter
Ida Darvish
as Italian Anchorwoman
Eugene Nomura
as Japanese Anchorman
Vikrum Shah
as Hindu Anchorman
Yvans Jourdain
as French Anchorman
Jennifer Chu
as Chinese Anchorwoman
Dallas Raines
as National Anchorman
Roy Costley
as Astro "Nut" Local
Esodie Geiger
as CNN News Reporter
J. Michael "Yak" Oli...
as Balloon Game Carnie
Richard Gunn
as Square Dance Caller
Marc Miles
as Rocket Ride Operator
Joey Solis
as Squarer Dance Caller...
Mark DeLisle
as Mission Control #1
David Sullivan
as Young Man
David Sullivan
as Young Man
Jennifer Chu
as Chinese Anchorwoman
John Burke
as Reporter
Doris Hargrave
as Gretchen Boyd
Mary Sue Evans
as NASA Expert
Adam Taylor
as FBI Agent #1
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Critic Reviews for The Astronaut Farmer

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (37)

Fueled by a decidedly American formula of can-do crazy, The Astronaut Farmer feels, for all its libertarianism, a little lost in space.

Full Review… | March 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Self-fondling Americana

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

The Astronaut Farmer is one of those movies that you don't believe for a moment while you're watching it, but you leave with a warm glow. But by the time you've driven home, you realize you've been conned.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

We should be routing for Farmer and delighted that his dreams are finally becoming a reality, but, instead, the implausibility of the whole thing, the sheer Disneyification of its premise, the Capra-corn nature of its "follow your dreams and never, ever q

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

It's hard not to like this goofy little film...engaging and uplifting for young and old.

Full Review… | June 26, 2007
Movie Metropolis

While it is far too long, especially in the home stretch, The Astronaut Farmer is a heartwarming and fun story about the tenacity it takes to see a dream through.

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
IGN Movies

Audience Reviews for The Astronaut Farmer

The first ten minutes were the most tedious I've spend in ages. Is Billy Bob Thornton betting on his appeal to carry a movie, because I think that currency has been devalued. Anyway, the story is bogus: who even OWNS a family farm anymore? They're just feeders into Big Food. And why now? He's been at this rocket building task for ten years. Too unbelievable to be real and not charming enough to be good fantasy.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

A Texas rancher (and former Air Force pilot) decides to build a rocket in his backyard. Everyone's against the very idea ... except his family, and that's the meat and potatoes of this work about a family sharing a dream. So what if its unbelievable after that? A warm and fuzzy visit to the dreamtime. Look for an uncredited big time celeb cameo appearance.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The Astronaut Farmer is the fictional story of a former NASA astronaut who builds his own rocket to travel in space. The film follows the same feel good formula that many other films have taken, and the results are somewhat mixed. The film is average and can almost be seen as recycled ideas from previous films dealing with achieving the impossible. Obviously the character building his rocket will have obstacles to overcome and there'll be a period where he'll just want to give up, but he's encouraged to continue. The feds get involved because they believe that Charles Farmer is building a WMD in his barn. He faces the feds, skeptical neighbors, but he'll prove them wrong. Astronaut Farmer is typical of the feel good film. The film is good to watch, but it doesn't do anything new or original with the script. The Astronaut Farmer is a good film to watch with your family. Unfortunately the film is flawed and at times the film feels a bit stupid in it's dialogue delivery. Some parts made me cringe. The Astronaut Farmer is an average feel good film with decent acting, and average plot. However it's clear that the script suffers, and the full potential of this picture is strained and has yet to realized. Good, but not great. The thing with this film is that they were plenty of opportunities to craft something pretty good, but the filmmakers decided to recycle old ideas, and at times the film feels rushed. Still decent entertainment.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

The Astronaut Farmer 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.
– Submitted by Joseph B (3 years ago)

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