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October Sky ()

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featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott

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 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, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

True science

by Shalako on Aug 30, 2009

True story about the effect of Sputnik on boys in a coal mining town of West Virginia. A good progression of scientific steps to successful accomplishment of a goal.


A Great Movie

by 110TR on Oct 2, 2008

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!!!!


excellent inspirational movie

by askme on Sep 15, 2008

One of the best inspirational movies i ever saw. Must see for every kid and adults too.

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