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October Sky Details

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NASA engineer Homer H. Hickam, Jr.'s autobiography provided the basis for this drama about a teenager coming of age at the dawn of the space race. In 1957, Homer Hickam ([[Performer~P29408~Jake Gyllenhaal~jakegyllenhaal]]) is a high school student in Coalwood, West Virginia when the Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the first man-made satellite. While most of his friends and neighbors react with fear or distrust, Homer is instantly fascinated and begins studying everything he can find on jet and rocket design. While many of Homer's friends are puzzled by his new obsession, several new friends share his enthusiasm, and with the encouragement of his teacher ([[Performer~P18704~Laura Dern~lauradern]]), Homer and his fellow "Rocket Boys" begin designing and launching their own homemade missiles. However, Homer's father ([[Performer~P265423~Chris Cooper~chriscooper]]) takes a dim view of his son's interest in rockets and is convinced Homer's future should be the same as his own, working in the local coal mines. October Sky mixes the drama of traditional family conflicts with a nostalgic glimpse of life in the mid-50's and a look at the earliest days of our journey into space. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 19, 1999

Awards

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Category
Year
Status
Writers Guild of America Lewis Colick Best Adapted Screenplay 1999 Nominee

Cast

Jake Gyllenhaal
as Homer Hickam
Chris Cooper
as John Hickam
Laura Dern
as Miss Riley
Chris Owen
as Quentin
William Lee Scott
as Roy Lee
Chad Lindberg
as O'Dell
Natalie Canerday
as Elsie Hickam
Scott Miles
as Jim Hickam
Randy Stripling
as Leon Bolden
Chris Ellis
as Principal Turner
Terry Loughlin
as Mr. Dantzler
Elya Baskin
as Ike Bykovsky

Crew

Joe Johnston
Director
Charles Gordon
Producer
Larry Franco
Producer
Lewis Colick
Screenwriter
Fred Murphy
Cinematographer
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Dalva
Editor
Barry Robison
Production Designer
Tony Fanning
Art Director
Marc Sternberg
Executive Producer
Peter Cramer
Executive Producer
Betsy Cox
Costume Designer
Gary Pilkinton
Special Effects
Betsy Magruder
First Assistant Director
Nancy Foy
Casting
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