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October Sky

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Joe Johnston

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About the Movie

Coalwood, West Virginia, 1957. Working in the coal mines is an inescapable way of life in this small town. When high schooler Homer Hickam, Jr. (Jake Gyllenhaal) sees the Sputnik satellite in the night sky, he dares to break free of the mines and reach for the stars. With the support of his teacher (Laura Dern) and three friends, Homer sets out on an inspiring quest to build his own rocket. Overcoming a poor education, a tough father (Chris Cooper) and a series of misfires, Homer turns his dreams into reality in this incredible true story of hope, determination and triumph. "You'll laugh with it, cry with it, and go away absolutely loving it," says Robert Butler (Knight Ridder News Service) of the critically acclaimed October Sky.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 73
  • Fresh: 66
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Immensely entertaining and unabashedly inspirational! – Joe Leydon, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A professionally crafted family film that reserves all its challenging moments for its characters, letting the audience bask comfortably in the approach of a predetermined warm and fuzzy ending. – Gary Dauphin, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: October Sky is a sensational character-driven story with a strong narrative and great visual style. – Paul Tatara,, May 17, 2010

Fresh: One of the best in recent years! – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

great the book first

October Sky is an excellent movie, but it's an even better book. Homer Hickam describes his experiences with the Rocket Boys with more detail in the book, and there are many events in the movie that were not added to it, and also a few scenes that did not happen to Homer Hickam. i highly recommend the book and movie to any person who has a love for adventure and enjoys astronomy/engineering.

Amazing for everyone

We watched this movie in my science class and I enjoyed watching it and was thoroughly engaged the whole time. I would recommend this movie to anyone, not just science lovers

A great movie

It is a great movie that epitomizes the American Spirit to achieve and believe

October Sky
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1999

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