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PG| 1 hr. 48 min.

Plot Summary
John Hickam (Chris Cooper) is a West Virginia coal miner who loves his job and expects his sons, Jim (Scott Miles) and Homer (Jake Gyllenhaal), to follow in his footsteps. But Jim gets a football scholarship, and Homer becomes interested in rocket science after seeing Sputnik 1 crossing the sky. John disapproves of his son's new mania, but Homer begins building rockets with the help of friends and a sympathetic teacher (Laura Dern). Rocketry, he hopes, will prove his ticket to a better life.

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal , Chris Cooper , Laura Dern , Chris Owen , William Lee Scott , Chad Lindberg , Natalie Canerday , Scott Miles

Director: Joe Johnston

Genres: Docudrama

Distributor: Universal Pictures

October Sky (1999)

Release Date: February 12th, 1999|1 hr. 48 min.

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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The film is rich in period flavor and refreshingly unhip. show more

  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    This film is family. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The finale, which utilizes vintage home movies to show us the real people we've just seen portrayed, packs a wallop. [19 February 1999, Life, p.13E] show more

  • April 24, 2011 vapec
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    fabulous movie. I was one of those high school kids that was swept away by Sputnik. Briefly joined the Connecticut Rocket Society and did my physics project on nose cone shape and its effect on deflecting heat upon re-entry. Worked like a charm. Been a fan of NASA ever since. Go generation of the 50s and 60s!!!

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Their Best Role: Chris Cooper

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Mel Valentin on Dec 22nd, 2010 6:30PM

As an actor, Chris Cooper has appeared in almost sixty films and television shows since 1987 (a remarkable run for any performer), receiving a nomination and winning an Academy Award for Best...

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