October Sky
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In Coalwood, West Virginia, all the boys grow up to be coal miners and Homer Hickam has no reason to think he'll be any different. Too small to earn a football scholarship, Homer has no way out of his predetermined life -- until the soviet satellite Sputnik flies over the October sky and changes everything. It's 1957 and Homer's world just got a lot bigger. Though his father is mine superintendent and has no greater wish than to see his sons follow in his footsteps, Homer embarks on a mission to build and launch his own homemade rockets with the help of his loyal band of friends.… 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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