John Hickam (Chris Cooper) is a West Virginia coal miner who loves his job and expects his sons, Jim (Scott Miles) and Homer (Jake Gyllenhaal), to follow in his footsteps. But Jim gets a football scholarship, and Homer becomes interested in rocket science after seeing Sputnik 1 crossing the sky. John disapproves of his son's new mania, but Homer begins building rockets with the help of friends and a sympathetic teacher (Laura Dern). Rocketry, he hopes, will prove his ticket to a better life.
Release Date: February 19, 1999
Writer: Lewis Colick, Homer Hickam Jr.
Director: Joe Johnston
Producer: Charles Gordon, Marc Sternberg, Peter Cramer, Larry J. Franco
Cast: Laura Dern, Natalie Canerday, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, Scott Thomas, William Scott, Chad Lindberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scott Miles, Randy Stripling, Chris Ellis, Courtney Fendley, Kailie Hollister, O. Winston Link, Frank Schuler(less)
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One of my favorite movies of all time. Very inspirational story, based on true stories. I would watch this movie with my 5 year old if he was able to sit still through it.January 9th, 2013 · Details3 Thanks ·
Fantastic film. Definitely worth a watch. It's clean, it's inspiring and good for families.January 15th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Parents need to know that this moving drama based on a true story centers on a very difficult, tense father-son relationship. Ultimately, the movie is about following your dreams, no matter how unachievable they might feel. In one scene, a drunken stepfather beats up one of the main character's friends; there's also some surprisingly strong language for a PG-rated movie (including "s--t") and a few mild sexual references.June 29th, 2015 · Details
Of course I have to love a movie with a wonderful teacher in it. This is an excellent film paired with the book it is based off of. Reading is SO important for young ones. Does your child hate reading? Make a deal with them. If they read the book, they can watch the film. Pairing them will not only make them feel like it is fair, but it will round out the experience, allowing them to learn more an many levels.
This is a story about independence and following your dreams. As adults, we realize we just want what is best for our children, like our parents did for us. Homer's dad may feel he is protecting his sons buy ensuring a job for stability, but he pushes his boys away by not supporting their passions. OK, maybe he is a little jealous too. We can't all be perfect adults, now can we? This is another lesson for kids to understand that just because our dreams are hard and scary doesn't mean it is not worth trying.
I hear it everyday in my classroom: "It is too hard, I didn't do it." Well...GOOD. It should be hard. Brains are like muscles. Is getting a rock hard six pack easy? NO, it is hard because you have to break those muscles down (literally) so they heal and become stronger. Our brains are the same way. If your homework isn't hard, you are not doing it right...either you are not focusing enough, or you need a bigger challenge!
So yes, becoming a rocket scientist is hard and scary, but Homer wants it. Will he get there?June 18th, 2013 · Details
Touching story of a young boy achieving his dream.February 8th, 2013 · Details
October Sky... Ah a movie with a breath of fresh air. This movie is inspiring and great for the family. Based on a true story about a boy who has dreams to do something different in his life. Its like Rudy, but on the geeky side. If you want to be inspired to do better, not give up on your dreams, and shoot for the stars, watch this movie. Better yet, buy it.February 7th, 2013 · Details