October Sky
October Sky (1999)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 19, 1999
DVD Release Date: July 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Rich in sweet sincerity, intelligence, and good old-fashioned inspirational drama, October Sky is a coming-of-age story with a heart to match its Hollywood craftsmanship.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

One of the best in recent years!

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...compulsively watchable...

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

It is a film that treats its teen-aged hero and his pals as distinctive, sentient human beings.

Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz

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.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

uplifting family film with great values

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This movie has deep values.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This is the true story of Homer Hickam, Jr.- a bright teenager obsessed with rockets and science who, much to the befuddlement of his family and neighbors of… More
Alex roy
October Sky ins the best feel good movie ever made. One of the things thats great about the film is the film doesn't go over board in it's… More
Adriel Lim
Deeply moving with a whole lot of heart. It's something you'll want to believe in because it is something to believe for.
Clintus Maximus
This film is truly moving and inspiring. It features a brilliant combination of angst, drama, and even a little comedy. Gyllenhaal and Cooper deserve many… More
familiar stranger
As many have already mentioned, it's just another conventional inspirational story of a boy who doesn't give up his dream, even if he has to fight… More
Dan Schultz
A great movie. Simply uplifting, with two amazing, realistic peformances from Gyllenhaal (before he became all Hollywood) and Cooper (who has remained… More