October Sky (1999) Poster


Jake Gyllenhaal: Homer Hickam



  • Homer : [to John]  Dad, I may not be the best, but I come to believe that I got it in me to be somebody in this world. And it's not because I'm so different from you either, it's because I'm the same. I mean, I can be just as hard-headed, and just as tough. I only hope I can be as good a man as you. Sure, Wernher von Braun is a great scientist? but he isn't my hero.

  • Homer : No. Coal mining may be your life, but it's not mine. I'm never going down there again. I wanna go into space.

  • O'Dell : God's honest truth, Homer. What are the chances... a bunch of kids from Coalwood... actually winning the national science fair?

    Homer : A million to one, O'Dell.

    O'Dell : That good? Well, why didn't you say so?

  • Quentin : What do you want to know about rockets?

    Homer : Everything.

  • Homer : Man, we should be trying to get into that science fair instead of sitting around here like a bunch of hillbillies.

    Roy Lee : Well, I got some real sad news for you Homer. We *are* a bunch of hillbillies.

  • Homer : [to his dad]  Sure Dr. Von Braun is a great scientist, but he isn't my hero.

  • Homer : Listen, I'm sorry about what's going on around here, but it isn't my fault! What do you want from me anyway?

    John : You better watch yourself, Homer.

    Homer : If I go on to win at Indianapolis, I can go to college, maybe even get a job at Cape Canaveral. There's nothing here for me. The town is dying! The mine is dying! Everybody here knows that but you!

    John : You want to get out so bad, then go. Go!

    Homer : Yeah, I'll go! Yeah, I'll go!

    John : GO! GO!

    Homer : And I'll be gone forever! I won't even look back!

  • Homer : [after Homer sees the tiny shack that Quentin lives in with his family]  Quentin, I wouldn't care if you lived in the Governor's mansion. I'd still think you're weird!

  • Homer : You know, it, uh, won't fly unless somebody pushes the button. It's yours, if you want it.

  • Homer : [jumps into Roy Lee's car to go to football tryouts]  Let's go, Roy Lee! It's almost nine.

    Roy Lee : You sure are in a hurry to get yourself killed, huh, kid?

    O'Dell : There are easier ways to commit suicide, Homer.

    Homer : Would you just step on it, Roy Lee?

    Roy Lee : [frustrated with his car]  I *am* stepping on it.

  • Homer : [gunshot in background]  Hey Quentin!

    [another gunshot] 

    Homer : That rocket had to have gone up at least 100 feet didn't it?

    Quentin : More like two hundred.

    [another gunshot] 

    Homer : Goddammit.

    Homer : [another gunshot]  Will you cut it out, Roy Lee?

    Roy Lee : Die you son of a bitch!

    [fires another round into the grill of his broken down car] 

  • O'Dell : Besides, didn't your dad say no more rockets?

    Homer : No, he said no more rockets on company property.

    O'Dell : Do you realize how far we'd have to go to be off company property?

    Homer : Yeah, we'd have to go to Snakeroot.

    Quentin : Snakeroot? That's eight miles!

    Homer : It's not *that* far. I mean we could walk if we had to...

    O'Dell : Hey, walk! Heh! That's a great idea!

    Homer : Come on let's go!

    Roy Lee : Wait the hell up, will you Homer? Now I got about as much chance of winning that science fair as you do winning a football scholarship. I know I'm gonna be a miner. I've known my entire life. What the hell's so bad about mining coal anyway?

    Homer : Nothing Roy Lee. It's great. That's why your stepdaddy is the biggest drunk in West Virginia! I mean, come on guys! You know the mine'll kill you!

    [to Quentin] 

    Homer : You ever hear the story about how O'Dell's dad died?

    Roy Lee : Homer... will you forget it, man?

    O'Dell : Shutup Homer.

    Homer : Piece of slate caught him right in the neck... and it cut his head clear off.

    O'Dell : [tackles Homer]  You son of a bitch!

  • Homer , Roy Lee , O'Dell : [after lighting their first rocket]  Ten, nine, eight...

    Roy Lee : Should we get behind something?

    [it blows up and they fly back] 

  • Homer : [Reading the newspaper aloud]  "The silvery cylinder burst forth in a fiery column of smoke and flame, racing the very wind as it soared into the sky, a messenger of these Rocket Boys of Big Creek.


    Homer : These boys use their brains, not brawn, who play not football, but with Apollo's fire."

    O'Dell : [Chuckles] 

    Dorothy Platt : [Walks up to Homer, elated]  Hi Homer.

    Homer : [Quietly]  Hi Dorothy.

    Dorothy Platt : Would you please sign my newspaper?

    Homer : Sure.

    Dorothy Platt : I just know you're going to be really famous someday.

    Homer : [Stares at Dorothy, mesmerized] 

    Roy Lee : H - O - M - E - R

  • John : [after a cave in]  Come on. Come on, Jensen. Come on back.

    Jensen : What happened?

    Jake Mosby : Whole damn mountain about fell on your head. And John here, he saved your life.

    Homer : That's my dad.

    John : I want you out of this mine, and don't you ever come back, you stupid son of a bitch. Didn't I tell you to watch those pillars? Now we coulda all been killed today, because you didn't have the sense to look up!

    Homer : [ashamed]  That's my dad.

  • Homer : Why're the jocks the only ones who get to go to college?

    Roy Lee : They're also the only ones who get the girls.

  • Homer : Did you ever see Frankenstein and the wolf man?

  • Jim Hickam : [at football practice]  Hey, Lenny; take it easy on my kid brother, but make it look good, all right?

    Jim Hickam : [Homer is tackled hard]  I thought I told you to take it easy on him.

    Lenny : I *did* take it easy on him

    Homer : [playing against Lenny]  I'm gonna run right over you, you son of a bitch! You hear me?

    [is tackled several times more] 

    Coach Gainer : [helping Homer up]  Well, Homer, you've sure got guts; but ya gotta know when to quit.

  • Homer : Well actually, my family raised me and send me to school and feed me and all that other stuff my friends didn't do. Besides who cares about my launch!

  • Homer : My family is not more important than my friends. My dad won't even come to one launch!

See also

Release Dates | Official Sites | Company Credits | Filming & Production | Technical Specs

Recently Viewed