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    October Sky

    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. However, Homer is inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.
    Duration: 108 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 1999
    IMDb: 7.8
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  • Actors of "October Sky"

  • Characters of "October Sky"

  • Directors of "October Sky"

    Joe Johnston. Director of October Sky

    Joe Johnston

    Birthdate: 13 May 1950, Austin, Texas, USA
  • Creators of "October Sky"

    Homer H. Hickam Jr.. Director of October Sky

    Homer H. Hickam Jr.

    Birthdate: 19 February 1943, Coalwood, West Virginia, USA
    Lewis Colick. Director of October Sky

    Lewis Colick

    Birthdate: 10 January 1951, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Critic Reviews of "October Sky"

    Time Out

    January 26, 2006

    The TV movie subject matter is infused with genuine feeling for the value of learning as a passport to freedom, and an authentic regard for the honest graft of working men.

    Detroit News

    January 01, 2000

    It is a film that treats its teen-aged hero and his pals as distinctive, sentient human beings.

    Chicago Sun-Times

    January 01, 2000

    This movie has deep values.


    January 01, 2000

    Believable, subtle, and consistently intelligent!

    Arizona Republic

    January 01, 2000

    A must-see for every student, parent and teacher in the country!

    Village Voice

    January 01, 2000

    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.

    Reel Film Reviews

    August 29, 2015

    ...compulsively watchable...

    Old School Reviews

    February 24, 2011

    uplifting family film with great values

    Common Sense Media

    December 26, 2010

    Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.


    April 07, 2006

    ...plays like a TV movie made for everyone who subscribes to Reader's Digest. Still, its manipulations are sincere rather than cynical...

    Reeling Reviews

    April 09, 2005

    Director Joe Johnston has crafted a feel good film that doesn't pander to cheap emotions.

    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

    January 29, 2005

    October Sky is a movie you want to believe in.

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