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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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Homer Hickam
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John Hickam
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Miss Riley
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Quentin
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Roy Lee
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O'Dell
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Elsie Hickam
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Jim Hickam (as Scott Miles)
Randy Stripling ...
Leon Bolden
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Principal Turner
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Ike Bykovsky
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Dorothy Platt (as Courtney Fendley)
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Jake Mosby
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Mr. Dantzler
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Valentine Carmina
David Copeland ...
Coach Gainer
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Jensen
Tom Kagy ...
Lenny
Donald Thorne ...
Trooper One
Justin Whitsett ...
Kid
Larry Rue ...
Neighbor
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Neighbor
Terry Nienhuis ...
Neighbor
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Anderson
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Roper
Terrence Gibney ...
Basil Thorpe
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Corvette Guy (as Doug Swander)
Keeli Hale Kimbro ...
Corvette Girl
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Vernon
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Reverend
Don Tilley ...
Rescue Worker
Rockford Davis ...
Chemistry Teacher
John Bennes ...
Doctor
Jonathan Fawbush ...
Barney
Larry Black ...
Fred Smith
Frank Schuler ...
Moonshiner
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Man at Mine
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Miner
Tom Turbiville ...
Miner
Ida Ginn ...
Quentin's Mom
Richard Lumpkin ...
Judge at Welch
Mark W. Johnson ...
Union Official (as Mark Whitman Johnson)
Don Taylor ...
Union Official
Don G. Campbell ...
Mr. Morris
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Ivy League Girl (as Elizabeth Byler)
Bradford Ryan Lund ...
Ivy League Boy
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Judge at Indy
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Head Judge (as David Hager)
Ray Elder ...
Tom Webster
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Jack Palmer
Joe Digaetano ...
Wernher von Braun (as Joey DiGaetano)
Tom Taylor ...
Miner in Elevator (as Thomas Taylor)
David Ducey ...
Man in Crowd
Jenny Patterson ...
Nurse
O. Winston Link ...
Locomotive Engineer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Science Fair Student (uncredited)
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Man in Crowd (uncredited)
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Coal Miner (uncredited)
Shawn Lindsay ...
Miner (uncredited)

Directed by

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Joe Johnston

Written by

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Homer H. Hickam Jr. ... (book "Rocket Boys")
 
Lewis Colick ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Peter Cramer ... executive producer
Larry Franco ... producer
Charles Gordon ... producer
Marc Sternberg ... executive producer

Music by

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Mark Isham

Cinematography by

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Fred Murphy ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert Dalva

Editorial Department

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Steve Ansell ... second assistant editor
Andi Kasen Bergman ... assistant editor (as Andi Kasen)
Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Todd Busch ... first assistant editor
Anthony J. Camaioni ... assistant editor (as Anthony Joseph Camaioni)
Eric Rigney ... avid technician
Mike Stanwick ... color timer
Robb Sullivan ... assistant editor
Dale Jones ... avid technician (uncredited)

Casting By

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Nancy Foy

Production Design by

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Barry Robison

Art Direction by

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Tony Fanning

Set Decoration by

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Chris L. Spellman ... (as Chris Spellman)

Costume Design by

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Betsy Cox

Makeup Department

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Lynn Barber ... makeup supervisor
Gloria Belz ... key makeup artist
Julie Callihan ... makeup artist
Susan Mills ... key hair stylist
Michealle Vanderpool ... hair stylist (as Michealle Vanderpool-Kohrs)
Beka Wilson ... hair stylist
Leigh Ann Yandle ... makeup artist
Holly Chapman ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jeff Goodwin ... special makeup maker (uncredited)
Rachel Kick ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Zane Weiner ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Betsy Magruder ... first assistant director
Rusty Mahmood ... second second assistant director
Matt Marshall ... additional second assistant director
Jonathan McGarry ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Mark Bachman ... graphic artist
Sheila Bartlett ... painter
Joseph F. Beeco ... construction foreman
Matthew Butler ... on-set greens
Craig Byrom ... construction foreman
Michael Calabrese ... lead man
Jimmy L. Carmickle ... construction foreman
William G. Davis ... set designer
Edward G. Fitzgerald ... swing gang (as Ed Fitzgerald)
Ruby Guidara ... buyer
Todd Hatfield ... stand-by painter
Alan Hook ... set designer
Whitney B. Kemp ... prop assistant
Kevin Kropp ... prop assistant
Eric Luling ... on-set dresser (as Eric J. Luling)
Alisa Lumbreras ... scenic foreman (as Alisa B. Lumbperas)
Andrew Menzies ... assistant art director
Swift Moseley ... greensman
John Patterson ... construction foreman
Michael Pisani ... set dresser
James Pyburn ... construction foreman (as Jim Pybrun)
C.J. Pyles ... swing gang
John Rabasca ... swing gang
Spencer H. Register ... swing gang
Philip Schneider ... property master (as Philip G. Schneider)
Fred Schwendel ... swing gang (as Fred W. Schwendel)
Manny Serrano ... swing gang
Brian Stultz ... lead scenic (as Brian Patrick Stultz)
Margaret A. Thigpen ... swing gang
David Weathers ... swing gang
Douglas Womack ... construction coordinator (as Douglas A. Womack)
Susan Zeh ... art department coordinator

Sound Department

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Charlie Ajar Jr. ... sound recordist (as Charlie Ajar)
Thom Brennan ... foley editor
Michael C. Casper ... re-recording mixer (as Michael Casper)
Mary H. Ellis ... production sound mixer (as Mary Ellis)
Bill Fibben ... boom operator
Stephanie Flack ... dialogue editor
Michael Geisler ... sound designer
Howell Gibbens ... supervising sound editor
Aaron Glascock ... sound effects editor
Hilda Hodges ... foley artist
Alan Holly ... adr mixer
Elizabeth Kenton ... supervising adr editor
Mary Jo Lang ... foley mixer
Daniel J. Leahy ... re-recording mixer (as Daniel Leahy)
Greg W. Lowe ... adr recordist (as Greg Lowe)
James Morioka ... assistant sound editor
John Roesch ... foley artist (as John B. Roesch)
Carolyn Tapp ... foley recordist
Mark Zimbicki ... cable person
Michael Geisler ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Joe Digaetano ... special effects supervisor (as Joey DiGaetano)
Bill Johnson ... special effects makeup
Richard E. Perry ... special effects
Gary Pilkinton ... special effects (as Gary L. Pilkinton)
Dave Rigsby ... special effects (as Dave Rigbsy)
Kathleen Tonkin ... special effects
Robert Vazquez ... special effects foreman
Robert L. Girard ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Joel Aron ... sequence supervisor: ILM
Okan Ataman ... sabre artist: ILM
Sean M. Casey ... visual effects still photographer: ILM (as Sean Casey)
Theresa Corrao ... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Julie D'Antoni ... visual effects production assistant: ILM
Krystyna Demkowicz ... visual effects producer: Matte World Digital
Pablo Helman ... sabre supervisor: ILM
Kela Hicks ... CG technical support: ILM
Patrick Jarvis ... digital painter: ILM
Michael McGovern ... visual effects editor: ILM (as Mike McGovern)
Fred Meyers ... visual effects principal engineer: ILM
Mark S. Miller ... visual effects producer: ILM
Kristen Millette ... CG technical support: ILM
Jim Mitchell ... visual effects supervisor: ILM
Michelle Motta ... CG technical support: ILM
Brent Segura-Bowers ... CG technical support: ILM (as Brent Bowers)
Bruce Vecchitto ... digital timing supervisor: ILM
Jonathan Wank ... sabre artist: ILM
Craig Barron ... visual effects supervisor: Matte World (uncredited)
Brett Northcutt ... digital matte artist (uncredited)
Paul Rivera ... digital composite supervisor: Mate World Digital (uncredited)
Katrina Stovold ... digital plate restorator (uncredited)

Stunts

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Chris Bennett ... stunts
Cliff Cudney ... stunt coordinator
John Fagan ... stunts
Jeff Galpin ... stunts
Robert Girard ... stunts
David Brian Martin ... stunts
Peter Peterson ... stunts
Chad Rose ... stunts
Mike Smith ... stunts
Russell Towery ... stunts
Robert Vazquez ... stunts
Cliff Cudney ... stunt double: Jake Gyllenhaal (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Terry Arthur ... rigging key grip
Jeff Becker ... rigging gaffer
Khris Bennett ... key rigging grip
Lewis Bowman ... grip
Tom Clark ... electrician
Fred Cooper ... dolly grip
Dan Cornwall ... electrician
Stephen Crowley ... best boy electric
Dave Duren ... electrician (as David Duren)
Brant S. Fagan ... steadicam operator
David Galbraith ... first assistant camera
Jeffry Gordon ... electrician
Brian Gunter ... gaffer
Robert Hill Jr. ... grip (as Robert Hill)
Morgan Michael Lewis ... key grip (as Mike Lewis)
Lee McLemore ... grip
Bobby McMahan ... second assistant camera (as Robert A. McMahan)
Greg Morse ... 24 frame video operator
Deana Newcomb ... still photographer
Dee Nichols ... grip
Van Redin ... still photographer
Chris Rodriquez ... grip
John 'Bones' Rogers ... electrician
Paul Varrieur ... camera operator
Jerome Camera Williams ... camera loader (as Jerome Williams)
Darryl Wilson ... best boy grip
Dan Cornwall ... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Douglas C. Hart ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Jo Doster ... location casting
Diana Jaher ... casting associate
Kim Petrosky ... extras casting
Owen J. Rice ... extras casting assistant
Kim McCray ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Stephen Brown ... costumer
Fumie H. Carrera ... seamstress
Stephen K. Randolph ... key set costumer
Kelly Anne Ross ... set costumer (as Kelly Ross-Wilson)
Marciann Shapiro ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Charles Thomas Baxter ... location manager (as Charley Baxter)
Jeff Talman ... assistant location manager
Michael Tomlinson ... location scout
John Marston ... location projectionist: substitute (uncredited)

Music Department

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Thomas A. Carlson ... music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor
Peter Doell ... assistant score recordist (as Pete Doell)
Janice Hayen ... music preparation
Stephen Krause ... score mixer / score recordist
Ken Kugler ... conductor / orchestrator
Sid Page ... musician: solo violin
Joe E. Rand ... music editor
Chris Ridenhour ... assistant music preparation
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Frank Macchia ... music preparation (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Cindy Parker ... transportation coordinator
J.L. Parker ... transportation coordinator
Mike Robinson ... special driver

Other crew

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Gerald Bean ... craft service
Michael Beaudin ... assistant accountant
Emily S. Buckberry ... dialogue consultant
Janet Campolito ... assistant production coordinator
Misty Cooper ... assistant: Mr. Gordon
C.J. Drews ... production assistant
David Fulton ... unit publicist (as Dave Fulton)
John Griffin ... production assistant
John Guss ... production assistant
Rhonda Guthrie ... production secretary (as Rhonda J. Guthrie)
Alan Jacques ... projectionist (as Al Jacques)
Diane Johnson ... craft service
Dana Kullerd ... set production assistant
Eric Lasagna ... first aid
Barrett J. Leigh ... production assistant
Arthur J. Miller Jr. ... railroad coordinator
John Polyhar ... production assistant (as John Ployhar)
Molly Proctor ... payroll
Mike Revell ... production accountant
Paul Schmitz ... production assistant
Tom Taylor ... advisor: mining
Cheryl A. Tkach ... assistant: Mr. Franco and Mr. Johnston
Katie Willard Troebs ... production coordinator
Brenda K. Wachel ... script supervisor (as Brenda Wachel)
Rennie Cowan ... assistant avid technician (uncredited)
Kathy Duecker ... post production accountant (uncredited)

Thanks

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John J. Duncan Jr. ... special thanks: U.S. Representative
Anne B. Pope ... special thanks: Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, Executive Director (as Anne Pope)
Don Sundquist ... special thanks: Tennessee Governor
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Sometimes one dream is enough to light up the whole sky. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Rocket Boys (United States)
  • Ciel d'octobre (France)
  • October Sky (Cielo de octubre) (Spain)
  • Lokakuun taivas (Finland)
  • Tombé du ciel (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 108 min
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Box Office

Budget $25,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,905,250, 21 Feb 1999

Did You Know?

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Trivia The author wished the movie to be called "Rocket Boys," like the book it's based on, but the studio believed that title would not sell well. The compromise title "October Sky" works on two levels: it's the month when the hero is first inspired by Sputnik flying overhead, and it is an anagram of "Rocket Boys". See more »
Goofs In real life, both the father and son were named Homer Hickam, however in the film the father's name is changed to John. This was most likely done to avoid confusing viewers by having two characters with the same name. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Office Space/October Sky/The 24 Hour Woman/Jawbreaker/Tango (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy See more »
Crazy Credits The real life people portrayed in the movie are shown during the end credits. See more »
Quotes 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.
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