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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…
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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 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.
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.
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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…
"October Sky" is a heartwarming, inspiring tale that is gorgeously directed and acted.
Great little film with some great performances. Let down a little by an overly sentimental finale and a terrible poster but still a quality hidden gem.
not gonna lie, i only watched this for bb jake gyllenhaal
Wow! Loved it. Didn't know it was based on a true story until the end credits. Got to know of this film from Jaby Koay YouTube channel while watching his and Achara's trailer reaction, and that trailer reaction was requested by the lead actor of the film, Rajat Barmecha. Udaan is one of my most favorite films of all time. Jaby mentioned Udaan's trailer kind of reminded him of October Sky. And I realized I haven't seen October Sky, was hearing the movie name for the first time, I had to watch it first thing asap. I got terribly teary towards the end.
Starts off promising, then drops off a bit at about the halfway mark, only for it to come back very strong at the end. If it weren't for about 20-25 minutes in the middle, which felt like filler to me, I would give this another star. Gyllenhaal shows early promise, Cooper does what he does best and Dern inspires boys to dream.
Well made 'based on a true story' film. Saw the stage musical first and made me want to pick this up. Actually, the musical was a pretty good version of the film. Nothing amazing here, though.
Unnecessarily cheesy towards the end, but a decent use of a biopic to tell a bigger story about a paradigm shift to the modern world. There's a nice push and pull between the community wanting their young to conform and not try to be fancy and the desire to actually have one of their own become great. Not only on a community level, but all the way down to the family.
Chris Cooper is perfect as a demanding father who is afraid of being eclipsed by his kid. The tension between him and Jake Gyllenhaal is emotionally engaging when it is allowed to just exist without too much talking. Both of them crave the approval of the other and can't…
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A very generic film, it was quite sweet though and it got better as it went on. definitely not the worst beginning to Jake Gyllenhaal's film career. also why didn't i have a teacher like laura dern in school, because working at nasa would be top!!
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Very inspirational and enjoyable movie.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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