OCTOBER SKY (Theatrical Release USA 1999)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.5|5.0 Starsìììì

October Sky—
worth your money to see—becomes a classic with Jake Gyllenhaal cast as real-life, Homer Hickam.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Homer Hickam sees Sputnik I cross the night sky and becomes inspired to find a way out of the coal town where his father, John Hickam (Chris Cooper), supervises a coal mine. Homer Hickam, with some help of school friends, begins building small rockets in the hope they can develop a rocket that will launch and continue flight in a straight line. But, the boys are accused of starting a forest fire with one of their launches and their dreams appear to be hopelessly lost due to a series of unfortunate events that follow.

Additional Thanks

Great Work for Director Joe Johnston. Thanks to Executive Producer Peter Cramer and Marc Sternberg for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Miss Riley (Laura Dern), Quentin (Chris Owen), Roy Lee (William Lee Scott), O’Dell (Chad Lindberg), Elsie Hickam (Natalie Canerday), Jim Hickam (Scott Thomas), Leon Bolden (Randy Stripling), and Principal Turner (Chris Ellis).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Based on an inspiring true story, the film reaffirms the fact that dreams are achievable for those who persist.

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