The movie based on the book written by Homer Hickam
October Sky is the touching and inspiring true story of a group of young boys growing up in the mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia, in the 1950s. In Coalwood coal mining is king, and it seems no one can escape life underground. But when Homer Hickam, Jr. sees the Soviet satellite Sputnik streak overhead in 1957, he and his buddies begin building rockets. With the encouragement of supportive teachers and against the wishes of his father, Homer overcomes seemingly impossible odds to fulfill his vision in one of the most timeless and inspiring stories ever brought to the screen. Running time: 1 hour, 48 minutes.
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.