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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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rocket | coal | sputnik | mining | mine | See more »

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

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$32,481,825 (USA) (23 July 1999)
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John's reference to "Bloody Mingo" is about the early 20th century mine war in Matewan. Chris Cooper, who played John, also portrayed union activist Joe Kenehan in the 1987 film Matewan (1987). See more »

Goofs

When Homer writes his letter to Wernher Von Braun, he incorrectly sends his condolences for Von Braun's failed attempt to launch the Vanguard Rocket. In actuality, the Vanguard project was spearheaded by the Navy, much to Von Braun's disliking. Von Braun's rocket was a Redstone 2 and was the first American Rocket to reach orbit. See more »

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[Insisting John help his son]
Elsie: If you don't, I'll leave you. I'll find work. I'll do whatever it takes to get away from here. I'll live in a tree to get away from you. Don't you think I won't.
John: [Softly] Where would you go?
Elsie: Myrtle Beach.
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References Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) See more »

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On Wisconsin
Written by O'dell Willis, William T. Purdy (as W.T. Purdy), Carl D. Beck (as Carl Beck)
Performed by the Central High School Band, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Nostalgic, Inspirational and Worthwhile
4 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was watching this when my wife called to inquire from the other room as to my choice of fare. My comment? "I am watching my Life!"

Though younger, but only by 5 years or so, than the "Rocket Boys" I remember the absolute urgency with which Sputnick was greeted by our administrators of education and how the whole Science Fair thing gained momentum and took me and others into the competitive whirlwind. My own tornado landed me in my own State's Science Fair, in Physics by '62, though our group was less successful in gaining the support of, for example, firefighters we approached for guidance and counsel until after a tragic event, our city went so far as to allow us to tour the Nike missile site on Chicago's lakeshore.

This movie brought it all back for me and I will bet that it brought it all back for a bunch of us "UberNerds" of the late '50s and early 60's.

We are in a similar science brain drainage period now and really need this movie as a country. See It!


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