October Sky | 1999

Drama, Adaptation
The true story of a small town boy with big dreams, who goes against his father's will and follows his dream of building rockets.

Cast

... Homer Hickam

Actor

... John Hickman

Actor

... Miss Reilly

Actor

... Quentin

Actor

... Roy Lee

Actor

... O'Dell

Actor

... Elsie Hickman

Actor

... Jim Hickam

Actor

... Leon Bolden

Actor

... Principal Turner

Actor

... Ike Byskovsky

Actor

... Dorothy Platt

Actor

Writers

Screenplay

Source Material (from novel)

Company

Amereon House

Production Company

Production Company

Daybreak Productions

Production Company

Howard Anderson Company

Production Company

Production Company

Synopsis

It's 1957 in Coalwood, West Virginia and while most of the town mines the earth, young Homer Hickman dreams of only the sky. Inspired by the dawn of the space age and the historic launching of the Soviet satellite Sputnik, Homer enlists his two best buddies as well as the school's resident math geek to help him design and launch space rockets. After a series of disastrous crash landings, in particular one that sends an entire coal mine full of workers running for cover, Homer's father demands that his son get serious about his future and abandon his silly science projects. However Homer's potential is limitless and when he starts winning science fairs and scholarships he's on a non-stop journey straight to the stars.

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