October SkyJohn 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.
Actors of "October Sky"
Laura DernBirthdate: 10 February 1967, Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Characters of "October Sky"
Directors of "October Sky"
Joe JohnstonBirthdate: 13 May 1950, Austin, Texas, USA
Creators of "October Sky"
Homer H. Hickam Jr.Birthdate: 19 February 1943, Coalwood, West Virginia, USA
Lewis ColickBirthdate: 10 January 1951, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Critic Reviews of "October Sky"
Time OutJanuary 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 NewsJanuary 01, 2000
It is a film that treats its teen-aged hero and his pals as distinctive, sentient human beings.
Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 01, 2000
This movie has deep values.
ReelViewsJanuary 01, 2000
Believable, subtle, and consistently intelligent!
Arizona RepublicJanuary 01, 2000
A must-see for every student, parent and teacher in the country!
Village VoiceJanuary 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 ReviewsAugust 29, 2015
Old School ReviewsFebruary 24, 2011
uplifting family film with great values
Common Sense MediaDecember 26, 2010
Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.
DVDJournal.comApril 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 ReviewsApril 09, 2005
Director Joe Johnston has crafted a feel good film that doesn't pander to cheap emotions.
Arkansas Democrat-GazetteJanuary 29, 2005
October Sky is a movie you want to believe in.
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