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October Sky [Special Edition] [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 6940313
  • Release Date: 01/25/2005
  • Rating: PG
NASA engineer Homer H. Hickam, Jr.'s autobiography provided the basis for this drama about a teenager coming of age at the dawn of the space race. In 1957, Homer Hickam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a high school student in Coalwood, West Virginia when the Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the first man-made satellite. While most of his friends and neighbors react with fear or distrust, Homer is instantly fascinated and begins studying everything he can find on jet and rocket design. While many of Homer's friends are puzzled by his new obsession, several new friends share his enthusiasm, and with the encouragement of his teacher (Laura Dern), Homer and his fellow "Rocket Boys" begin designing and launching their own homemade missiles. However, Homer's father (Chris Cooper) takes a dim view of his son's interest in rockets and is convinced Homer's future should be the same as his own, working in the local coal mines. October Sky mixes the drama of traditional family conflicts with a nostalgic glimpse of life in the mid-50's and a look at the earliest days of our journey into space.
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (118 out of 118)

    Special Features


    • Aiming High: The Story of the Rocket Boys
    • Feature commentary with Homer Hickam
    • Spotlight on location
    • Production notes
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    October Sky
    NASA engineer Homer H. Hickam, Jr.'s autobiography provided the basis for this drama about a teenager coming of age at the dawn of the space race. In 1957, Homer Hickam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a high school student in Coalwood, West Virginia when the Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the first man-made satellite. While most of his friends and neighbors react with fear or distrust, Homer is instantly fascinated and begins studying everything he can find on jet and rocket design. While many of Homer's friends are puzzled by his new obsession, several new friends share his enthusiasm, and with the encouragement of his teacher (Laura Dern), Homer and his fellow "Rocket Boys" begin designing and launching their own homemade missiles. However, Homer's father (Chris Cooper) takes a dim view of his son's interest in rockets and is convinced Homer's future should be the same as his own, working in the local coal mines. October Sky mixes the drama of traditional family conflicts with a nostalgic glimpse of life in the mid-50's and a look at the earliest days of our journey into space. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jake Gyllenhaal
      Jake Gyllenhaal - Homer Hickam
    • Chris Cooper
      Chris Cooper - John Hickam
    • Laura Dern
      Laura Dern - Miss Riley
    • William Lee Scott
      William Lee Scott - Roy Lee
    • Chad Lindberg
      Chad Lindberg - O'Dell



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 118 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Movie

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      Vidman31
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      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. This stellar movie brings this true story to life. If you've never seen it, check it out.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very well done true story everyone should see.

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      bobinator
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      Set at the crossroads of the 1950s and 1960s, this is a very well done adaptation of Homer Hickam's Pulitzer Prize nominated autobiographical book 'The Rocket Boys' about how he and a group of high school friends, who were the least likely to succeed in school, were inspired by a one in a million teacher to excel and shoot for for the impossible goal of winning the grand prize in the National Science Fair competition (and the collage scholarships that went along with it), the only hope they would ever have of escaping their coal mining company town of Coalwood and their otherwise certain fate of following in their father's footsteps into the mines and into the very difficult lives of coal miners. The conclusion of this film will move anyone with a heart capable of being moved. Highly recommended!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An Awesome Movie with So-So A/V Quality

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      FoS01
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      If you haven't seen OCTOBER SKY, go see it now! It's a heartwarming true story about Homer Hickam who dreams of building and launching rockets for NASA. (If you haven't seen the movie, I'll leave it up to you to find out what happened to Homer.) His home life isn't the greatest and his best supporters are his friends and his teacher. There is some melodrama to enhance emotions but they work. The events supporting the melodrama were all true stories so they work even more. On a technical level, Universal's Best Buy exclusives (this, The 'Burbs, Money Pit, etc.) aren't the greatest. There is a lot of digital noise, no remastering was done. Audio is DTS-HD MA and it works for what is is. For budget prices and very little or no extras, you get what you pay for. But this movie is worth more!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally!

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      dcbii
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      This is an exceptionally well-done movie that should have been available on Blu-ray long ago. It's great that it is finally available. I'm no expert with Blu-ray transfers, but the picture is very detailed, and the movie sounds great too. Those who are fans already know that the story and the acting are excellent, even though you get a pretty good idea what the conclusion will be before it happens. Not sure why it was an exclusive at BestBuy in the U.S., but if that had anything to do with it finally being put on Blu-ray, then I'm all for it, and definitely willing to support only BestBuy having it, even though a movie as good as this should be available everywhere. More movies should be like this one. Recommended.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Early Gyllenhaal showing his promise

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      tjump
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      This Best Buy exclusive release of 1999's October Sky shows Jake's future potential. It has a beautiful score by Mark Isham and is based on the true story of Homer Hickam. In the special features, more light is shed on the real story of Homer, by Homer himself. The relationship between Jake's character and his father, played by Chris Cooper, is heartfelt and powerful. I highly recommend this film and this excellent high definition transfer to blu-ray!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent movie

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      GeoffR
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      This is a really well done move about the space race and kids growing up in a coal mining town wanting a better life for themselves. Well written, well cast, well acted, and some good humor is thrown in too. I've been waiting for this to come out on Bluray and was thrilled when it finally did; the picture quality is a nice improvement over the previous release on DVD. This doesn't have reference caliber audio or video, but when the movie is great, that doesn't matter so much.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Inspiring Tale

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      BoxSet
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      OCTOBER SKY is a little known gem of a film from Joe Johnston, most well known for his genre work on STAR WARS and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. The movie is about real life rocket scientist Homer Hickam (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) , and his first experiences creating a rocket. With a great cast featuring Laura Dern and the always solid Chris Cooper as Homer's father, this is a wonderful true story that will inspire anyone who seeks to follow their passion.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Endless posibilities

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      f451
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      This is a now a classic film -- a heartwarming triumph. A very fine cast, a very fine story well told. It's a window on our past that looks forward to the endless possibilities of persistence and belief in ourselves and our future. Released at a bargain price and without fanfare or extras (gosh darn it). Picture and sound quality are exemplary. BIG THANKS to Universal on this highly desired release!

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