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Sometimes one dream is enough to light up the whole sky.
Based on 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, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
October Sky is one of the most inspiring and well done biopics I've had the privilege to witness. The film tells the true story of Homer Hickam, a teenager with nothing special going for him until one night he witnesses a rocket soar through the sky. This ignites a passion for rocket science in him and he sets out to follow his dream and escape his home town, which is basically a poverty-ridden coal mining settlement (not a fun place at all).
Like I said before, this is one of the most inspiring films that has been made in my opinion. The acting is something that could either make or break the film, and it certainly made it. Gyllenhaal is…
"October Sky" is a heartwarming, inspiring tale that is gorgeously directed and acted.
Jake Gyllenhaal, in his breakout film, plays Homer Hickham, the son of a miner from a small town where life is already mapped out for him. In this affecting and beautiful true story, we watch young Homer convince his town and stubborn father (who does stubborn better than Chris Cooper?) that he can break out of the mold and enter the exciting world of rocketry.
And by the way, I called it. When I left the theater after seeing "October Sky," I said to my friends: Jake Gyllenhaal is gonna be a star.
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No. The coal mine is your life, it's not mine... I'm never going down there again... I wanna go into space.
Well bloody shit's hell what a tear-jerker, eh? I'm a sucker for father-son stories. And on the basis of this one is a strong and wonderful true story of a son and his father who doesn't see much eye-to-eye. Homer (Jake Gyllenhaal) doesn't know what to do with his life. He tries out football akin to his brother who is very successful at it, but he is just not made for the tough guy stuff. His father who is a stubborn and proud man wants Homer to follow in his footsteps…
Featuring a fantastic performance from a young Jake Gyllenhaal, October Sky is a riveting and inspiring film anchored by marvelous acting and direction.
They played this movie in every class, at least once, in my high school. Especially on days when they couldn't find their community copy of Remember the Titans.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Beautiful film. The performances, particularly from Cooper and Gyllenhaal, are fantastic. Perhaps the biggest selling point is Mark Isham's score, which has a life all its own in places (the ending sequence involving the launch of the last rocket, for example). The actors portraying students turn in quality work and the story of Laura Dern's teacher is impressively painful at the end.
Pleasant feel-good film.
Joe Johnston is taking us back to the golden age of aspirations for flight, and this time, he's setting his sites... for space! Wow, this sounds like quite the thrilling sequel to "The Rocketeer", but no, it's really just about some coal miner's kid who wants to get involved in space program and all that stuff. The original book's title really was "Rocket Boys", which got anagrammed into "October Sky", so Johnston is either trying hard to leave "The Rocketeer" behind him or, I don't know, subliminally selling this film to fans of "The Rocketeer". Either way, this film stands a chance of being even more thrilling than Johnston's previous "high-flying" adventure, because as we now know because of "Donnie…
A beautiful, moving true-life story about a small-town boy, Homer Hickam, that refused to be pigeon-holed into a lifetime of working in his father's coal mine, and instead, dreamed of reaching the stars after watching the Russians launch Sputnik.
With his 3 other friends, they embarked on a mission to build the perfect rocket, and win the national science fair, helping the 4 of them get college scholarships, that, at the time, were only given to athletes.
At first, the "Rocket Boys" as they were called, were laughed at, but as they began getting better at what they were doing, with the assistance of some town-folk, they started gaining more interest, and an eventual audience for their launches.
what a great inspirational movie, now i want to build a rocket too.
I forgot how much I liked this film! Glad I rewatched it.
Like my emotions, the type of movie I watch want to watch usually changes, and in some instances, I don’t know what to watch and so by random chance on my watchlist, I picked out a film with a really young Jake Gyllenhaal in October Sky. Gyllenhaal is becoming of the greatest actors of today, with his great performances in Nightcrawler, Enemy , Prisoners, and his newest movie Southpaw. (the last three I still need to see) So I was interested to see if he had his acting chops when he was just 17 years old.This film looked mostly like a family film that would tug on the heart strings, but it had a pretty decent rating on imdb, and…
"No. Coal mining may be your life, but it's not mine. I'm never going down there again. I wanna go into space."
Antes de Donnie Darko, Jake Gyllenhaal protagonizaria o seu primeiro filme em October Sky. E que filme! Baseado na inspiradora história verídica de Homer Hickam, esta película de '99 é um retrato profundo sobre a concretização dos sonhos. E sendo que retrata um caso real, mais inspiradora ela se torna.
A verdade é que, a vontade humana consegue destruir qualquer barreira, e perseguir qualquer caminho desejado, onde quer que estejamos. A esperança sempre existirá, e qualquer objetivo pode ser alcançado com a força viva e enérgica que mora dentro de nós.
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