October Sky

October Sky

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Director: Joe Johnston

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern


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Follow the dreams of an imaginative teenager in this nostalgic coming-of-age drama, presented on DVD from Universal Studios Home Video. Viewable in either 2.35:1 widescreen (enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs) or standard 1.33:1 pan-and-scan and accompanied by a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, this release also features an additional French Dolby Digital…  See more details below


Follow the dreams of an imaginative teenager in this nostalgic coming-of-age drama, presented on DVD from Universal Studios Home Video. Viewable in either 2.35:1 widescreen (enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs) or standard 1.33:1 pan-and-scan and accompanied by a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, this release also features an additional French Dolby Digital Surround track and optional English subtitles. Extra features include a "spotlight on location" video, production notes, talent bios, film highlights, a theatrical trailer and a Universal web link. Relive those childhood dreams and memories with the whole family in this moving and memorable film.

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Joe Johnston's sentimental film, based on NASA engineer Homer Hickam's autobiographical The Rocket Boys, is a largely breezy, uplifting picture. A Stand By Me for space and science enthusiasts, the film features an excellent young cast, with Jacob Gyllenhaal, Chris Owen, and Chad Lindberg sharing the screen with veterans Laura Dern and Chris Cooper, the latter playing Homer's old-fashioned father with grit and feeling. The tear-jerking plot gathers strength by playing upon the viewer's emotions, and also benefits from its setting in a dim West Virginia mining town, which starkly contrasts with the film's lilting tone. The dark, coal-like tint suggests that the mining town is a virtually inescapable biosphere, a seemingly desolate reality that makes the film's conclusion all the more effective. Johnston's adaptation shores up the details of the book magnificently, moving from one plot point to the next in a free and easy fashion, making for a full-blooded and well-executed film.

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[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Spotlight on location; Production notes; Talent bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Universal web link

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Joe Johnston Director
Lewis Colick Screenwriter
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Cramer Executive Producer
Robert Dalva Editor
Joey DiGaetano Special Effects Supervisor
Mary H. Ellis Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Fanning Art Director
Nancy Foy Casting
Larry Franco Producer
Charles Gordon Producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Betsy Magruder Asst. Director
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Gary Pilkinton Special Effects
Barry Robison Production Designer
Marc Sternberg Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Chapter List
0. Chapter List
1. The age of Sputnik [:21]
2. The Coalwood boy [:15]
3. To build a rocket [1:51]
4. Cape Coalwood [6:12]
5. Rocket roulette [:22]
6. Splitting the sky [7:35]
7. False hopes [1:06]
8. Up in smoke [6:56]
9. Valentine [:34]
10. I won't shed a tear [7:17]
11. A life that counts [1:57]
12. Search for AUK 13 [3:35]
13. Strike [2:23]
14. Homer's in trouble [:38]
15. The highest honor [5:08]
16. This one's yours [2:10]
17. Epilogue/titles [4:42]


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October Sky 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An awesome performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, and supporting cast. This movie shows you how hard it is to have a dream that is out of this world, but if you want it bad enough, and believe that you can attain it, then miracles are possible. You see how Homer and the ''Rocket Boys'' beat all the odds, and go out to build their rockets, even when times are tuff, especially for Homer, when he has to quit school, and go to work to support his family, but he always seems to keep his faith towards the sky.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one that you will watch over and over; On rough strssful days, and triumphant glorious ones, and just because. Homer and the ''Rocket Boys'', just some misfit coalminers' sons highschoolers do the unthinkable during the age. Create rockets and fly them. It is truly extrodinary, and so is the book, by Homer Hickam himself, ''October Sky'' (released earlier as ''Rocket Boys.'')
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been showing this picture for 4 years in my English classroom of high school since the picture appeared in VHS.My students enyoy it and so do I.It has moral values and it's good to analize the skill of elements of the story in English. D. Ayala, Vega Baja,P.R.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen this movie like 3 times yet I still LOVE it each and everytime... Now i'm gonna BUY IT ON DVD.... hehehe... it is really one of the best films I have ever seen. A very moving and inspirational movie. Everyone should watch this great film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A humbling story about a community in West Virginia during the 1950's. Our family has viewed this movie so many times we wore out the VHS tape, now we are buying it on video. A great example of courage, determination, attaining the goals of a lifetime and inspiring acting. If everyone lived their life like the ''Rocket Boys'' this world would be a better place. This is a must see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chad, Jake, Laura, etc. are good in this movie! Not Chad's best(that's The Fast and The Furious!!!!) but it's REALLY good! C'ya!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up in a small local community that believed everyone should go into the local industry. I chose that I wanted to do something different in my life and was proud that I did. Watching this film was almost like watching my own childhood as I grew up and brought many a tear to my eye. The love of our parents is very important to me and I still miss the love of my father. A beautiful film and the kind of film I could watch again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absoulutly one of the best movies that I've ever seen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the best movie i could have seen this year. i wanted to watch it over and over again. the movie was about a bad relationship between Homer Hickum and his Father John Hickum, it also told everyone to stick to their dreams never give up. I loved watching the movie and this movie got me interested in rockets and engineering. It was the best most intersting True Story i have ever been able to winess watching it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best family films I think I have ever seen. A warm hearted film that will make you laugh and cry and want to follow your dreams. A must buy for your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing movie that even leaves the machoest of men in tears. Beautiful message to always follow your dreams. A MUST HAVE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is absolutely worth every single cent that you spend on it! I find it extremely well played out and is a TRUE 'must have'. If you haven't seen it yet, go watch it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie ever. This movie is so fun and exiting seeing how far Homers goals can take him. He is strong through everything. Including his father. This is the PERFECT movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen several times - great for children or teens - all family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie and met one of the characters that the movie was about O'dell. This is a real keeper. If you are an educator, it is good for a kick off a science fair, a reading fair and shows a good example of cooperative learning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We watched this in science class and i thoght it was gonna be another stupid science movie. But it was nothing like that! It was hysterical in somke parrts and sad in some parts! The best part was when they tried to launch the rocket off the fence but blew up the fence! THat part was truly FUNNY!!!!!!! Everyone watch this MOVIE!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For teachers who want to motivate students to learn this is the movie. It personifies Dewey's & Freire's theories on education & progressive/experiential learning. If you don't use it...You have not understood your purpose. This is a must
lizzie72 More than 1 year ago
This is a real story of Homer Hickem and his hard life leading up to his dreams. You MUST see this movie, it will change your perspective of the hard ships of the older days.:D
McHiCaNyC More than 1 year ago
It gives hope to people that they can do anything. This was an absolutely great movie number one because it was based on a true story and because it's inspirational and exciting!
historianWI More than 1 year ago
This inspirational film takes us back to the atmosphere of Sputnik, and centers around some high school students who need an education to work their way out of a dying mining town. It is a true story about the people that developed our most successfuul rockets, but what really puts the film over the top is the relationship between a father and his son. At first they don't get along because they are too much alike. However, in helping reach their goals they end up developing a deep respect for each other. This is a must see movie, that the whole family can watch together.
WonderfulWV More than 1 year ago
The true story of the Rocket Boys- of Homer Hickam and his friends, his family, and especially his mom & teacher- is a wonderful and inspirational one. HH's book is fine, fast, feel-good reading, and this movie does it justice. An inspriation to any kid that ever looked around at his/her world and wanted more... and to the parents and teachers that do everything they can to let those kids soar...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
October Sky is a heartfelt movie. It contains the American Dream: to have a dream and make it come true through hard work and perseverance.
Raverrow More than 1 year ago
An inspirational true story about what you can do should you put your mind to it. This movie is well acted and unforgettable. A great family movie.