Academy Award® winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as a man who refuses to give up on his dreams in this inspirational family drama filled with heart, humor and a healthy dose of social satire. As a farmer, family man and former astronaut-in-training, Charles Farmer -- played by Thornton (Mr. Woodcock)-- chases his lifelong dream to reach the stars by building his very own spacecraft in his barn! With the support of his family and friends -- played by Virginia Madsen (Smith, Sideways), Bruce Dern (Big Love) and Tim Blake Nelson (Minority Report) -- Farmer bravely faces the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Aviation Administration and financial ruin to overcome every obstacle that stands in the way of his launch and his dreams.]]>
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Charles Farmer (Thornton) and his family live on a farm in a small town called Story, Texas. Farmer has dreamed of traveling into space and now uses the family's large barn to build a spaceship called The Dreamer. He has managed to convince his wife, Audie (Madsen) that he can do this. His son, Shepherd (Max Thierot) helps him build the spaceship and will presumably run mission control. Their two younger daughters are basically the cheering section and provide Farmer with a reason to live the dream.
Okay, so right away, "The Astronaut Farmer" has various telltale signs of a fantasy film or a tall tale. Charles Farmer, a farmer, lives in Story, Texas and builds a spaceship called The Dreamer. Clearly, "The Astronaut Farmer" is not a true story, a story based in reality. It is a fable, a story of dreamers, of hope. And a darned good example of this, a very good film for every one of all ages. Please go and see this film. It needs your support.
Written and directed by the Polish Brothers, Mark and Michael ("Twin Falls, Idaho", "Northfork"), you can see influences from each of their previous films in this new title. "Twin Falls" told the story of conjoined twins, played by the Polish Brothers, who fall in love with the same woman. A strange, but interesting film telling a unique story. "Farmer" has strange, but interesting elements combined into a very personal, almost beautiful story about a family pulling together to fulfill their dreams.
This strange film is surprisingly moving and effective.Read more ›
It's a scene whose incongruous visual elements reminded me of the 1968 sci-fi thriller Planet of the Apes. But this isn't some spaceman marooned in a strange place; it's the movie's earthbound hero, a Texan named Charles Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton). A graduate of the University of Texas aerospace engineering program and one-time member of NASA's astronaut program, Charlie left the space agency decades ago to run the family ranch after his father's untimely death. Yet, through all the years of operating the ranch and raising his own family, he hasn't let go of his dream of defying gravity.
In his barn, Charlie works obsessively, day and night, to build a rocket that may help him realize his dream. He models it after 1950s-era Atlas missiles, using salvage parts he buys on the cheap from rocket graveyards. His supportive wife, Audie (Virginia Madsen, enjoying a rewarding second wind onscreen), and their three kids get caught up in the daily up-and-down drama of his quest; indeed, his first-born, son Shepard (Max Thieriot), was named in honor of the first American in space, Alan Shepard.
However, their neighbors in the farm community regard Charlie as the town oddball, a frustrated man going through a bizarre mid-life crisis. There's even an ongoing bet among the locals as to whether he "will ever go up, or blow up.Read more ›
Thornton stars as Charlie Farmer, a former aeronautics engineer and current Texas ranch owner. Charlie has a dream about going into space in a home-made rocket ship. Everyone thinks he's crazy, but his wife Audie (Virginia Madsen), along with the rest of his family support him completely. Time passes, and work has progressed on the rocket. However, things aren't going well financially for the Farmers. The bank has threatened to foreclose on the house, Audie's father (Bruce Dern) has come to live with the family, and the FBI and the FAA have staked out Charlie's house after he attempted to purchase 10,000 gallons of rocket fuel online. At a cost of $50,000, Charlie doesn't have the money for the fuel. So, he goes to his local bank, where he's turned down for a loan.
Meanwhile, a former astronaut friend of Charlie's (played by Bruce Willis) shows up at the house to try to dissuade Charlie from trying to launch his rocket. This attempt fails, and Charlie presses on. Later, a meeting is scheduled between Charlie and the FAA, and the FAA refuses to allow Charlie to launch.
Desperate and running out of time before the bank forecloses, Charlie decides to make his own rocket fuel and launch anyway. This turns into a disaster, as the launch goes terribly wrong. Charlie ends up in the hospital with numerous broken bones. Meanwhile, Audie's father has passed away, leaving a sizable sum of inheritance for the family.
After convalescing at home, Charlie decides he's done with space travel. Audie takes the money she inherited from her father to the bank to pay off the family's debts, but she changes her mind.Read more ›
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This is a great family movie in a time when those seem in short supply. This is really a fantasy movie about a man's unlikely quest for his dream, as the story is completely... Read morePublished 2 months ago by magellan
This is a great family film! Nothing wrong with dreaming big and reaching for the stars. Adults and kids of all ages can appreciate overcoming difficulties to achieve success,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jon Pardue
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