[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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…
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This feel-good family movie was based upon Homer H. Hickam Jr.'s 1998 autobiographical novel "Rocket Boys: A Memoir." Adapted for the screen by scriptwriter Lewis Colick and directed by Joe Johnston, it tells of how 17-year-old Homer (Jake Gyllenhaal) was inspired by the sight of Sputnik in October 1957 to pursue a hobby in building amateur rockets with his high-school classmates: Quentin Wilson (Chris Owen), Roy Lee Cooke (William Lee Scott) and Sherman O'Dell (Chad Lindberg).
Homer's father John Hickam (Chris Cooper) is the no-nonsense foreman of the Olga Mine in Coaltown, West Virginia. He thinks Homer's hobby is a dangerous waste of time.…
Jake Gyllenhaal in this movie has to be the smallest thing that has ever existed in the universe
A nice true drama about how four kids in West Virginia doomed for the coal mines escape into the world of rocket building in the late 1950s. Another quality movie from Jake Gyllenhaal, that failed to ignite the box office. Chris Cooper plays his dad...who of course final sees the light at the end of the movie.
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…
Homer is one great man and this movie is just like him
Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper AND Laura Dern?! This movie takes my heart into "outer shpace."
Because sometimes you just want an uplifting story about teenage boys and rockets.
Man 1999 was a big year for Chris Cooper as a tough dad. Glad he got the chance to do Adaptation to show he could do more. This story is a bit cliche but anchored by earnest performances that make it still a fun watch.
I watched this during my Jake G craze when I was younger and I still love it. Highly reccomend.
A fun, feel-good movie.
You get everything you expect.
5 stars because my teachers always played this movie in class and it got me out of doing my school work.
Not bad, but also not good
nothing special, nothing attractive..
Complete list. :-(
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…