The Astronaut Farmer
(USA, 2006, 104 minutes)
A Texas rancher builds a rocket in his barn to travel to outer space, against the better judgment of everyone around him. Charming, quirky Capraesque fable whose earnest performances and breathtaking visuals go a long way to adressing some of its plot weaknesses.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Spring Creek Pictures/Polish Brothers Constructio production. Starring Billy Bob Thornton; Virginia Madsen, Bruce Dern, J. K. Simmons, Tim Blake Nelson, Max Thieriot (and, uncredited, Bruce Willis). Directed by Michael Polish; produced by Mark Polish, Paula Weinstein, Len Amato, Michael Polish; written by Mark Polish and Michael Polish; music by Stuart Matthewman; director of photography (Technicolor, Panavision), M. David Mullen; production designer, Clark Hunter; costume designer, Danny Glicker; film editor, James Haygood; visual effects supervisor, Jason Picciono.