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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 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. Bruce Dern 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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:February 23, 2007


Billy Bob Thornton
as Charles Farmer
Virginia Madsen
as Audrey "Audie" Farmer
Max Thieriot
as Shepard Farmer
Jasper Polish
as Stanley Farmer
Logan Polish
as Sunshine Farmer
Bruce Dern
as Hal
Jon Gries
as Agent Kilborne
Mark Polish
as FBI Agen Mathis
Jon Gries
as FBI Agent Killbourne
Tim Blake Nelson
as Kevin Munchak
Sal Lopez
as Pepe Garcia
Bruce Willis
as The Colonel
J.K. Simmons
as Jacobson
Kiersten Warren
as Phyllis
Rick Overton
as Arnold "Amie" Millard
Richard Edson
as Chopper Miller
Richard Barela
Elise Eberle
as Madison Roberts
Julie White
as Beth Goode
Graham Beckel
as Frank
Marshall Bell
as Judge Miller
Kathleen Arc
as Mrs. Harder
Lois Geary
as Mrs. Graham
Gregory Chase
as NASA Committee Member
Forrest Fyre
as State Senator
Janelle Sperow
as State Congresswoman
Kathy Lamkin
as Jodie
Gary Houston
as Dr. Livingston
Richard Holcomb
as Reporter #4
Adam Taylor
as FBI Agent #1
David House
as FBI Agent #2
Mark Mathis
as ABC News Reporter
Matthew Kimbrough
as Henry Malone
Richard McClarkin
as Karl
Brian McCallister
as Student
Jay Leno
as Jay Leno
Doris Hargrave
as Gretchen Boyd
George McKelvey
as Doug
Steve Cormier
as Appraiser
Scarlett McAlister
as Local New Reporter
Deborah Martinez
as Reporter #3
Benjamin Petry
as Child #1
Cheyenne Serano
as Child #2
Robyn Reede
as Secretary
Olive Gallagher
as Morning Show Host
Kevin Wiggins
as Rocket Expert
Joan Findley
as Reporter
Mary Sue Evans
as NASA Expert
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
John Burke
as Reporter
Roy Costley
as Astro "Nut" Local
Esodie Geiger
as CNN News Reporter
JD Garfield
as Sky Copter Reporter
J. Michael "Yak" Oliva
as Balloon Game Carnie
Richard Gunn
as Square Dance Caller
Marc Miles
as Rocket Ride Operator
Jenny Gabrielle
as Vanessa
Hannah Wiggins
as Child #3
David Marcilla
as Child #4
Joey Solis
as Squarer Dance Caller #2
Mark DeLisle
as Mission Control #1
David Sullivan
as Young Man


Michael Polish
Michael Polish
Billy Bob Thornton
Mark Polish
Len Amato
Paula Weinstein
Mark Polish
Michael Polish
M. David Mullen
Stuart Matthewman
Composer (Music Score)
James Haygood
Clark Hunter
Production Designer
James Oberlander
Art Director
Robert N. Benjamin
Jonathan Sheldon
Associate Producer
J. Geyer Kosinski
Executive Producer
Marcia Calosio
Set Decorator
Marie Burk
Costume Designer
Shirley Kurata
Costume Designer
Maria Bentfield
Costume Designer
Daniel Glicker
Costume Designer
Annie Miller
Costume Designer
Emily Egge
Costume Designer
Matthew Nicolay
Sound/Sound Designer
Joel Hobbie
Special Effects
Scott Hastings
Special Effects
David Baca
Special Effects
Andrew Coffing
First Assistant Director
Susan Walter
First Assistant Director
Lynn Lockwood
Camera Operator
Theo Pingarelli
Camera Operator
Steve Lambert
Robert Jauregui
Brian Avery
Courtney Farnsworth
Tom Berto
Victoria Thomas
Daniela Moore
Costumes Supervisor
Keith Bilderbeck
Sound Effects Editor
Thomas Younkman
Sound Effects Editor
Dan Noah
Production Secretary
Clay Perez
Assistant Location Manager
Jai James
Second Second Assistant Director
Harland Espeset
Dolly Grip
Claire Sandrin
Second Unit Costumer
Chris Joehnk
John McKey
Storyboard Artist
Robin Blagg
Construction Foreman
Lisa Hyde
Key Costumer
Brad Heiner
Key Grip
Enid Arias
Key Hairstylist
Bruce Stubblefield
Sound Effects Editor
Dorothy Pearl
Key Make-up
Steven Gerrior
Assistant Sound Editor
Valerie Callaway
Assistant Location Manager
Christopher Sheldon
Foley Artist
Christopher Sheldon
Supervising Sound Editor
The Picture Mill
Title Design
Jason Piccioni
Visual Effects Supervisor
Theo Pingarelli
Steadicam Operator
Keith Eisberg
First Assistant Camera
Rebecca Hilliard
Production Coordinator
Mark Polish
Second Unit Director
Bobbi Gonzales
Assistant Properties
Gino Falla
First Assistant Accountant
Brad Sherman
Re-Recording Mixer
Frank Eyers
Video Playback
Tom Berto
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Roderick Peyketewa
Assistant Location Manager
Charlie Newberry
Second Assistant Camera
Hank Herrera
Best Boy Grip
Jay Duerr
Music Editor
Melissa White
Assistant Production Coordinator
Steve Litecky
Chief Lighting Technician
Jim Barth
Construction Foreman
David Manzanares
Location Manager
Jillian Giacomini
Script Supervisor
Danlee Winegar
Key Costumer
Chip Byrd
First Assistant Camera
Lynne Eagan
Philip Pfeiffer
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Keith Walters
Properties Master
Kirk Newren
Construction Foreman
Tobin Espeset
Best Boy Grip
Matthew Halbert
Boom Operator
Joel Sisson
Set Dresser
Stuart Matthewman
Musical Performer
Brad Sokol
Assistant Sound Editor
Damon Bingham
Visual Effects Producer
Steve Pederson
Re-Recording Mixer
Christopher Windisch
Construction Coordinator