October Sky (1999)
Front Cover Actor
Natalie Canerday Elsie Hickam
Chris Cooper John Hickam
Laura Dern Miss Riley
Chris Ellis Principal Turner
Jake Gyllenhaal Homer Hickam
William Lee Scott Roy Lee
Chad Lindberg O'Dell
Scott Miles Jim Hickam
Chris Owen Quentin
Randy Stripling Leon Bolden
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Joe Johnston
Producer Charles Gordon
Writer Homer H. Hickam Jr.; Lewis Colick
Studio Universal
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 108 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 7.7
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
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Format DVD
Region Region 1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1