From the time he was a child, Charles
Farmer (BILLY BOB THORNTON) had only one goal: to be an
astronaut. Earning his degree in aerospace engineering and
joining the Air Force as a pilot, Farmer was a natural for
NASA’s astronaut training program and was well on his way
when a family situation forced him to drop out and return
home—effectively ending his career.
But Farmer was not a man to let anything stand in the way of
He spent the next decade and every cent he had building his
own rocket in a barn on his ranch in Story, Texas, working
toward the day when he could triumphantly launch it into
space. By himself.
Sharing his vision are his wife Audie (VIRGINIA MADSEN) and
their children—daughters Sunshine and Stanley, and
15-year-old Shepard, already a budding engineer and eager to
serve as “mission control” on the big day. Even Audie’s
father, Hal (BRUCE DERN), on hand to lend moral support, can
see how his son-in-law’s unwavering commitment has inspired
the family with a common dream—something he himself was
never able to achieve as a father.
On the eve of the long-anticipated launch, an unexpected
problem arises. Farmer’s efforts to secure 10,000 pounds of
high-grade fuel catch the attention of the FBI…and
subsequently the media, who encamp in droves outside his
gate, speculating wildly about this “space cowboy” and his
homemade rocket. Farmer finds himself depicted on TV screens
worldwide as a renegade hero, inspiring an outpouring of
popular support, while simultaneously drawing heavy scrutiny
and surveillance from the FBI, CIA, FAA and the U.S.
military—all of which see Farmer as a potential risk to
civilian safety and will take the necessary steps to shut
down his operation.
But Farmer knows this is his only chance, not only to reach
his goal of breaking through the Earth’s atmosphere but to
instill in his children the courage to pursue their own
ideals and never give up…no matter the odds. He will not let
himself be grounded again.
2007 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights
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