Starting Monday, October 6, every Monday in October we will be profiling one of four fall movies.
Release Date February 19th, 1999
Rated PG for language, brief teen sensuality and alcohol use, and for some thematic elements.
Joe Johnston (dir.)
Jake Gyllenhaal as Homer Hickam
Chris Cooper as John Hickam
Laura Dern as Miss Riley
Chris Owen as Quentin
William Lee Scott as Roy Lee
Chad Lindberg as O'Dell
October Sky Review By John C.
**** (out of four)
October Sky tells the inspiring true story of “The Rocket Boys”, a group of teenagers from Coalwood, West Virginia. It takes place in 1957, around the launch of Sputnik. Homer Hickam would look up at the October sky, and see the satellite fly by. He becomes inspired and starts building model rockets, with the help of his three friends and the encouragement of his teacher (Laura Dern). Great performances by the entire cast, including Jake Gyllenhaal’s breakout performance, make this a classic movie that's worth watching again and again. The mix of drama and comedy is perfect, and the ending is inspiring. Go watch it if you haven't already seen it, and if you have, its worth watching again.