October Sky
Based On An Extraordinary True Story

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott
Director: Joe Johnston
Writer: Homer H. Hickam Jr., Lewis Colick
Language: English
Studio: Universal Studios
Duration: 108
Rated: PG
DVD Release: February 2000

In 1950's mining town called Coalwood, Homer Hickam is a kid with only one future in sight, to work in the local coalmine like his father. However in October 1957, everything changes when the first artificial satellite, Sputnik goes into orbit. With that event, Homer becomes inspired to learn how to build rockets. With his friends and the local nerd, Homer sets to do just that by trial and a lot of error. Unfortunately, most of the town and especially Homer's father thinks that they are wasting their time. Only one teacher in the high school understands their efforts and lets them know that they could become contenders in the national science fair with college scholarships being the prize. Now the gang must learn to perfect their craft and overcome the many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars.

Jake GyllenhaalHomer Hickam
Chris CooperJohn Hickam
Laura DernMiss Riley
Chris OwenQuentin
William Lee ScottRoy Lee
Fred MurphyCinematographer
Chad LindbergO'Dell
Natalie CanerdayElsie Hickam
Scott MilesJim Hickam
Randy StriplingLeon Bolden
Chris EllisPrincipal Turner
Elya BaskinIke Bykovsky
Courtney Cole-FendleyDorothy Platt (as Courtney Fendley)
Kailie HollisterValentine Carmina (as Kaili Hollister)
David DwyerJake Mosby
Terry LoughlinMr. Dantzler
Kaili HollisterValentine Carmina
Mark IshamComposer
David CopelandCoach Gainer
Don Henderson BakerJensen
Tom KagyLenny
Donald ThorneTrooper One
Justin WhitsettKid
Larry RueNeighbor
Neva HowellNeighbor
Terry NienhuisNeighbor
Brady ColemanAnderson
Rick ForresterRoper
Terrence GibneyBasil Thorpe
Doug SwanderCorvette Guy
Keeli Hale KimbroCorvette Girl
Mark Jeffrey MillerVernon
Blaque FowlerReverend
Don TilleyRescue Worker
Rockford DavisChemistry Teacher
John BennesDoctor
Jonathan FawbushBarney
Larry BlackFred Smith
Frank SchulerMoonshiner
Tommy SmeltzerMan at Mine
Charles LawlorMiner
Tom TurbivilleMiner
Ida GinnQuentin's Mom
Richard LumpkinJudge at Welch
Mark W. JohnsonUnion Official
Don TaylorUnion Official
Don G. CampbellMr. Morris
Liz BylerIvy League Girl (as Elizabeth Byler)
Bradford Ryan LundIvy League Boy
Frank Hoyt TaylorJudge at Indy
Dave HagerHead Judge (as David Hager)
Ray ElderTom Webster
Andy StahlJack Palmer
Joe DigaetanoWernher von Braun
Thomas TaylorMiner in Elevator
David DuceyMan in Crowd
Jenny PattersonNurse
O. Winston LinkLocomotive Engineer
Genre: Drama
Media: DVD
Sound: Dolby
IMDb: 0132477