• The Astronaut Farmer (2007)

The Astronaut Farmer

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.

Keywords: Underdog, Inspiring, Wife, 2000s, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Lou LumenickNew York Post

    The Astronaut Farmer stalls narratively in the third act, but rest assured it finally achieves liftoff. See it before it disappears into the ether. show more

  • 75
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    It's hard not to like a movie so determined to make you feel the love of a family, to make you feel that every dream can become a reality and that every mortgage - no matter how close to foreclosure - can be rescued by the sudden death of a family member and his inheritance. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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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