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Release Date: February 23rd, 2007

DVD Release Date: July 10th, 2007

PG|1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary
Charles Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton), a rancher who once trained to be an astronaut, decides to fulfill a lifelong dream: He builds a rocket in his barn and plans to pilot it into space. Though he faces foreclosure on his ranch, the disbelief of his neighbors and threats from the government, Charles remains determined to reach for the stars.

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Blake Nelson, Jon Gries, Gary Houston, Matthew Kimbrough, Kathy Lamkin

Director: Michael Polish

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Spring Creek Productions, Polish Brothers Construction

Distributors: Warner Bros.

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  • As stories go, The Astronaut Farmer is engaging, even if it serves up a kind of Plains State brand of Rocky-esque hooey. show more

  • The oddest thing about this very odd movie is that it doesn't seem to know what to make of itself.

  • The Astronaut Farmer, is goofy, wholesome and, well, sweet. Despite some droll humor and on-target political jabs delivered deadpan by a uniformly strong cast, "Astronaut" often is too corny for its own good; it could have used more of those zingy lines. show more

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