October Sky

Release Date:
Feb 19, 1999
MPAA Rating:
PG
Running Time:
1:48
Genre:
Docudrama
Director:
Joe Johnston
Cast:
Jake Gyllenhaal Homer Hickam
Chris Cooper John Hickam
Laura Dern Miss Frieda Riley
Chris Owen Quentin Wilson
William Lee Scott Roy Lee Cook
Chad Lindberg Sherman O'Dell
Natalie Canerday Elsie Hickam
Scott Miles Jim Hickam
Randy Stripling Leon Bolden
Chris Ellis Principal Turner
O. Winston Link Locomotive Engineer
Courtney Fendley Dorothy Platt
Frank Schuler Moonshiner
Kailie Hollister Valentine Carmina
Producers:
Peter Cramer , Larry J. Franco , Charles Gordon , Marc Sternberg
Writers:
Homer H. Hickam Jr., Lewis Colick
Language:
English

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October Sky

John Hickam is a West Virginia coal miner who loves his job and expects his sons, Jim and Homer, 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 . Rocketry, he hopes, will prove his ticket to a better life.

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