October Sky

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In a 1950's mining town called Coalwood, Homer Hickam is a kid with only one future in sight, to work in the local coal mine like his father. However in October 1957, everything changes when the first artificial satellite, Sputnik goes into orbit. With that event, Homer becomes inspired to learn how to build rockets. With his friends and the local nerd, Homer sets to do just that by trial and a lot of error. Unfortunately, most of the town and especially Homer's father thinks that they are wasting their time. Only one teacher in the high school understands their efforts and lets them know that they could become contenders in the national science fair with college scholarships being the prize. Now the gang must learn to perfect their craft and overcome the many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars.

Director: Joe Johnston
Writer: Homer H. Hickam Jr. (book), Lewis Colick (screenplay)
Production: Universal
Year: 1999
MetaScore: 71/100
ImdbRating: 7.8
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 19 Feb 1999
Awards: 4 wins & 11 nominations.

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Homer Hickam - Jake Gyllenhaal
John Hickam - Chris Cooper
Miss Riley - Laura Dern
Quentin - Chris Owen
O'Dell - Chad Lindberg
Elsie Hickam - Natalie Canerday
Jim Hickam - Scott Thomas
Leon Bolden - Randy Stripling
Principal Turner - Chris Ellis
Ike Bykovsky - Elya Baskin
Dorothy Platt - Courtney Cole-Fendley
Jake Mosby - David Dwyer
Mr. Dantzler - Terry Loughlin
Valentine Carmina - Kaili Hollister
Coach Gainer - David Copeland
Lenny - Tom Kagy
Trooper One - Donald Thorne
Neighbor - Larry Rue
Neighbor - Neva Howell
Neighbor - Terry Nienhuis
Anderson - Brady Coleman
Basil Thorpe - Terrence Gibney
Corvette Guy (as Doug Swander) - Douglas Swander
Corvette Girl - Keeli Hale Kimbro
Reverend - Blaque Fowler
Rescue Worker - Don Tilley
Chemistry Teacher - Rockford Davis
Doctor - John Bennes
Fred Smith - Larry Black
Moonshiner - Frank Schuler
Man at Mine - Tommy Smeltzer
Quentin's Mom - Ida Ginn
Judge at Welch - Richard Lumpkin
Union Official (as Mark Whitman Johnson) - Mark W. Johnson
Union Official - Don Taylor
Mr. Morris - Don G. Campbell
Ivy League Girl (as Elizabeth Byler) - Liz Byler
Ivy League Boy - Bradford Ryan Lund
Judge at Indy - Frank Hoyt Taylor
Head Judge (as David Hager) - Dave Hager
Tom Webster - Ray Elder
Jack Palmer - Andy Stahl
Wernher von Braun (as Joey DiGaetano) - Joe Digaetano
Miner in Elevator (as Thomas Taylor) - Tom Taylor
Man in Crowd - David Ducey
Locomotive Engineer - O. Winston Link
Science Fair Student - Wren Barnes
Man in Crowd - Ryder Davis
Coal Miner - Brian Edward Keith