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The Astronaut Farmer The Polish brothers (Northfork) posit Billy Bob Thornton (pictured) as a moonstruck Texas farmer (named Farmer) who builds an Atlas rocket in his...The Astronaut FarmerDramaPT109MPG The Polish brothers (Northfork) posit Billy Bob Thornton (pictured) as a moonstruck Texas farmer (named Farmer) who builds an Atlas rocket in his...2007-07-06Bruce DernTim Blake NelsonBruce Dern, Tim Blake NelsonWarner Bros.

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The Astronaut Farmer

Genre: Drama; Starring: Virginia Madsen, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Tim Blake Nelson; Director: Michael Polish; Author: Mark Polish, Michael Polish; Release Date Wide: 02/23/2007; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): In Season; MPAA Rating: In Season; Distributor: Warner Bros.

The Polish brothers (Northfork) posit Billy Bob Thornton (pictured) as a moonstruck Texas farmer (named Farmer) who builds an Atlas rocket in his barn and readies for liftoff against the wishes of the U.S. government. Says actual astronaut David Scott in a DVD extra, ”In real terms, that’d be very difficult to do.” Oh, really? Your own tolerance for studied heartland whimsy will determine whether The Astronaut Farmer lifts off for you, but the film’s off-kilter idealism stands to delight smart tweens and teens. EXTRAS A making-of doc; bloopers. B

Originally posted July 6 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT

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