October Sky
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NASA engineer Homer H. Hickam, Jr.'s autobiography provided the basis for this drama about a teenager coming of age at the dawn of the space race. In 1957, Homer Hickam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a high school student in Coalwood, West Virginia when the Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the first man-made satellite. While most of his friends and neighbors react with fear or distrust, Homer is instantly fascinated and begins studying everything he can find on jet and rocket design. While many of Homer's friends are puzzled by his new obsession, several new friends share his enthusiasm, and with… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"One of the best in recent years!"
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"uplifting family film with great values"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Director Joe Johnston has crafted a feel good film that doesn't pander to cheap emotions."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Though shot in Tennessee, Johnston's October Sky successfully evokes the stifling atmosphere of a blackened 1950s town in the southern West Virginia mountains."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"It is a film that treats its teen-aged hero and his pals as distinctive, sentient human beings."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"October Sky will go straight to the heart of any man who recalls looking up at the night sky as a boy and getting stars in his eyes."
‑ Cody Clark, Mr. Showbiz
"Inspiring tale for older tweens and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"October Sky is a movie you want to believe in."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Retreads the soggy ground staked out by Field of Dreams, with sentimental tears and group hugs as the answer to conflicting ideological standpoints."
‑ Kevin Maher, Sight and Sound
"As adapted by Lewis Colick, the screenplay shifts busily among the boys' rocket exploits, Homer's family, conditions at the mine and the influence of a dedicated science teacher, but each of these subplots plays out in familiar ways."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"This movie has deep values."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...plays like a TV movie made for everyone who subscribes to Reader's Digest. Still, its manipulations are sincere rather than cynical..."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"Any film that celebrates a teenager's ability to think instead of throw a ball ought to be cheered."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"An enthralling and warm-hearted story about four high school students who taught themselves to build and fly real rockets."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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