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NASA engineer Homer H. Hickam, Jr.'s autobiography provided the basis for this drama about a teenager coming of age at the dawn of the space race. In ...Show synopsisNASA engineer Homer H. Hickam, Jr.'s autobiography provided the basis for this drama about a teenager coming of age at the dawn of the space race. In 1957, Homer Hickam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a high school student in Coalwood, West Virginia when the Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the first man-made satellite. While most of his friends and neighbors react with fear or distrust, Homer is instantly fascinated and begins studying everything he can find on jet and rocket design. While many of Homer's friends are puzzled by his new obsession, several new friends share his enthusiasm, and with the encouragement of his teacher (Laura Dern), Homer and his fellow "Rocket Boys" begin designing and launching their own homemade missiles. However, Homer's father (Chris Cooper) takes a dim view of his son's interest in rockets and is convinced Homer's future should be the same as his own, working in the local coal mines. October Sky mixes the drama of traditional family conflicts with a nostalgic glimpse of life in the mid-50's and a look at the earliest days of our journey into space. ~ Mark Deming, RoviHide synopsis
This is a great movie....good for kids as well as adults. It's based on the true life story of Homer Hickem. Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job of playing Homer. You get a true sense of how much Homer wanted to make something of himself. He worked hard to achieve that goal.I have also read the book it was based on," The Rocket Boys".. a very good read! While visiting family in Tenn. we had the opportunity to go to the little town the movie was filmed in. I would highly recommend this movie to everyone!!!!