October Sky (1999)

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Director: Joe Johnston Run Time: 115 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 1999

Starring: Chad Lindberg, Chris Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, William Lee Scott

Country: United States
Language: English

Screening as part of From Book to Film

After seeing Sputnik 1 cross the sky, the young son of a coal miner dreams of becoming a rocket scientist. Based on the memoir of Homer H. Hickam Jr., who built homemade rockets in his backyard and grew up to be a NASA engineer.

“Homer is a good student, but math and science are his weak points…Watching Homer get out the trig book, I was reminded how rarely high school movies have anything to do with school–with how an education is a ticket to freedom.”

Roger Ebert

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