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October Sky (1999)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Family  |  19 February 1999 (USA)
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The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.

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In a 1950's mining town called Coalwood, Homer Hickam is a kid with only one future in sight, to work in the local coal mine like his father. However in October 1957, everything changes when the first artificial satellite, Sputnik goes into orbit. With that event, Homer becomes inspired to learn how to build rockets. With his friends and the local nerd, Homer sets to do just that by trial and a lot of error. Unfortunately, most of the town and especially Homer's father thinks that they are wasting their time. Only one teacher in the high school understands their efforts and lets them know that they could become contenders in the national science fair with college scholarships being the prize. Now the gang must learn to perfect their craft and overcome the many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Rated PG for language, brief teen sensuality and alcohol use, and for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,905,250 (USA) (19 February 1999)

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$32,481,825 (USA) (23 July 1999)
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This film was released in the United States on February 19, 1999, which was also the 56th birthday of the real-life Homer H. Hickam Jr.. See more »

Goofs

When Homer and Quentin estimate the range of the Auk XIII, it's presumably done with a 50-foot rope, since they measured off 126 rope lengths to get to 6,300 feet. However, in scenes that show the full rope length, the rope is no longer than 30 feet, about five times Jake Gyllenhaal's height of 6 feet. See more »

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Quentin: [shooting off their last rocket] Look at it go, Homer. This one's gunna go for miles.
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Rocket Boy's Life Soars
22 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I resisted seeing this movie and I understand why it was not a big hit in theatres. "October Sky" feels and looks oh so familiar. And it is. All plot contrivances and emotions have been explored before in other films -- and possibly even better. But despite it's familiarity and resistance to all formulas Hollywood, this movie is winning and likeable at every turn.

Sputnik is the inspiration for this journey of the heart, mind and soul. Just as the characters from Steven Sondheim's musical MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG stood agape atop their apartment roof hoping it would launch their new generation ("What do you call it? You call it a miracle."), Sputnik has a similar affect on the young rocket boys of this true tale. While jaded townsfolk of their 1950's coal town dismiss the event, Homer Hickham sees Sputnik as his ticket out of a life in the mines.

Masterful direction and casting make the journey of rocket boy Homer and his pals seem fresh and new. Especially affecting are subplots concerning Homer's ailing young school teacher. Remarkable restraint is shown in depicting their delicate relationship. Also remarkable is the father / son supblot that anchors the film. Perfectly played all around. Even Homer's mom gets her moment without cliche or intrusion. Her ultimatum to her husband is both dignified and heatbreaking. "Myrtle Beach" says it all.

A major video chain I despise has a sign next to this film stating that you'll love this film or they'll refund your money. For once, I agree with them. You'll never look at the October sky quite the same again.




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