• Publication date: July 29, 2009

Without Dreams, We Lose The Meaning of Life

Premiered in US theatres in 2007, "The Astronaut Farmer" is a film that combines both elements of drama and adventures. The film is written and produced by Mark Polish and Michael Polish and directed by Michael Polish.

Premiered in US theatres in 2007, "The Astronaut Farmer" is a film that combines both elements of drama and adventures. The film is written and produced by Mark Polish and Michael Polish and directed by Michael Polish.

The movie, the runtime of which is 104 minutes, stars Billy Bob Thornton as Charles Farmer, Virginia Madsen as Audrey "Audie" Farmer, Max Thieriot as Shepard Farmer, Jasper Polish as Stanley Farmer, Bruce Dern as Hal, Mark Polish as FBI Agent Mathis, Jon Gries as FBI Agent Killbourne, Tim Blake Nelson as Kevin Munchak, Sal Lopez as Pepe Garcia, J. K. Simmons as Jacobson, Kiersten Warren as Phyllis, Rick Overton as Arnold "Arnie" Millard and Bruce Willis as Air Force Astronaut Doug Masterson.

Charles Farmer (Thornton) is a former astronaut in training who was discharged from the military while working for his dream towards NASA. Never having traveled into space, he decides to build his own space craft, a replica of the historic Mercury-Atlas, with his own time and materials.

When his attempts to purchase large amounts of fuel draw the eye of the government, he must contend with the law, the press, and mounting bills.

He uses all of his assets and faces foreclosure and family problems. He encounters interference as the United States government tries to stop him.

Farmer's first launch fails, and after tipping over and flying through the county and breaking apart the capsule lands abruptly in a cloud of dust. Farmer is injured in the mishap and spends several months in the hospital recovering.

However, with encouragement from his family and money from his father-in-law's death, his financial problems are over and Farmer rebuilds his rocket. He succeeds in launching the rocket on his second attempt, orbits the Earth nine times and after a loss of communication with ground control, returns safely.

The story takes place in Texas, but the movie was filmed in New Mexico, USA.

With a production budget of US$ 13 millions, "The Astronaut Farmer" achieved a gross worldwide revenues of US$ 11 millions, while its DVD sales amounted to US$ 13 millions.

The film was rated PG-13 for thematic material, peril and language.