• October Sky (1999)

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October Sky

Release Date: February 12th, 1999

DVD Release Date: July 27th, 1999

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

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: 1950s , Tense , Creative , Rise , Underdog , Transformation ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    With its lack of car chases, fist fights, and over-the-top melodrama, the film has to rely on solid acting, an intelligent script, and capable directing. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    One of the best elements of the movie is in breaking free, he is respecting his father. This movie has deep values. show more

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A family tale, in the best sense. [19 February 1999, Tempo, p.4]

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