October Sky|Chris Cooper
October Sky
Chris Cooper and Chris Owen
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The true story of Homer Hickam, a young boy trapped in a close-minded coal-mining town in the 1950's. When Sputnik is successfully launched, Homer becomes obsessed with the concept of rocket launching. To the dismay and disgust of the townspeople, as well as Homer's father, he and his friends try to launch a rocket themselves. With the inspiration of a school teacher, they persevere and never lose hope in the dreams. An uplifting, hopeful story that the whole family can enjoy.


Main Cast & Crew:
Joe Johnston - Director
Jake Gyllenhaal
Chris Cooper
Laura Dern
Chris Owen
William Lee Scott
Chad Lindberg
Natalie Canerday
Scott Miles
Randy Stripling
Chris Ellis


    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Special Edition)
  • Run Time: 108
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192554421
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA) (language, brief teen sensuality and alcohol use, and for some thematic elements)
  • Release Date: July 1999

"...Sturdily performed and confidently recreated..." - 07/01/2000 Total Film, p.104

"...[Gyllenhaal and Cooper give] passionate performances..." -- Rating: B - 03/12/1999 Entertainment Weekly, p.45

"...OCTOBER SKY has a small-town intimacy, a group of close-knit pals and the kind of innocence seldom found on screen these days..." - 02/19/1999 New York Times, p.E14

"...Told with a gentle humor....OCTOBER SKY is a sweet yet sincere coming-of-age story..." - 03/01/1999 Box Office, p.44

"...[An] emotionally authentic real-life remembrance....The finale, which utilizes vintage home movies to show us the real people we've just seen portrayed, packs a wallop..." - 02/19/1999 USA Today, p.13E

"...Refreshing....OCTOBER SKY is especially well served by Cooper..." - 02/19/1999 Los Angeles Times, p.F10