October Sky

October Sky
October Sky
  • PG
  • 1h 47m
  • 1999
Certified Fresh91%
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Coalwood, West Virginia, 1957. Working in the coal mines is an inescapable way of life in this small town. When high schooler Homer Hickam, Jr. (Jake Gyllenhaal) sees the Sputnik satellite in the night sky, he dares to break free of the mines and reach for the stars. With the support of his teacher (Laura Dern) and three friends, Homer sets out on an inspiring quest to build his own rocket. Overcoming a poor education, a tough father (Chris Cooper) and a series of misfires, Homer turns his dreams into reality in this incredible true story of hope, determination and triumph. "You'll laugh with it, cry with it, and go away absolutely loving it," says Robert Butler (Knight Ridder News Service) of the critically acclaimed October Sky.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh91%
Critics 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.
Reviews
Time Out
Trevor Johnston
Fresh

The TV movie subject matter is infused with genuine feeling for the value of learning as a passpor...

June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail
Fresh

January 29, 2019
Variety
Joe Leydon
Fresh

Immensely entertaining and unabashedly inspirational!

January 29, 2019
Detroit News
Susan Stark
Fresh

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

January 29, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that October Sky is a moving drama based on a true story centers on a very difficult, tense father-son relationship. Ultimately, the movie is about following your dreams, no matter how unachievable they might feel. In one scene, a drunken stepfather beats up one of the main character's friends; there's also some surprisingly strong language for a PG-rated movie (including "s--t") and a few mild sexual references.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Family
  • Release Date:February 19, 1999
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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