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October Sky (1999)

Coming Out at 19 February 1999 in theaters.

Biography, Drama, Family

October Sky is biographical drama film directed by Joe Johnston and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, and Laura Dern. It is based on the true story of Homer H. Hickam, Jr., a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957 to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes and eventually became a NASA engineer.

October Sky is based on the lives of four young men who grew up in Coalwood, West Virginia. Most of the film was shot in rural East Tennessee, including Oliver Springs, Harriman and Kingston in Morgan and Roane counties. The movie received a positive critical reception and is still celebrated in the regions of its setting and filming.

October Sky is an anagram of Rocket Boys, the title of the 1998 memoir upon which the film is based. It is also used in a period radio broadcast describing Sputnik 1 as it crossed the “October Sky”. Homer Hickam said that “Universal Studios marketing people got involved and they just had to change the title because, according to their research, women over thirty would never see a movie titled Rocket Boys.”[4] The book was later re-released with the name in order to capitalize on interest in the film.

Director: Joe Johnston

Writers: Homer H. Hickam Jr. (book), Lewis Colick (screenplay)

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott, Chad Lindberg, Natalie Canerday


Jake GyllenhaalHomer Hickam
Chris CooperJohn Hickam
Laura DernMiss Riley
Chris OwenQuentin
William Lee ScottRoy Lee
Chad LindbergO’Dell
Natalie CanerdayElsie Hickam
Scott ThomasJim Hickam
Randy StriplingLeon Bolden
Chris EllisPrincipal Turner
Elya BaskinIke Bykovsky
Courtney Cole-FendleyDorothy Platt
David DwyerJake Mosby
Terry LoughlinMr. Dantzler
Kaili HollisterValentine Carmina
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
Douglas 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
Bradford Ryan LundIvy League Boy
Frank Hoyt TaylorJudge at Indy
Dave HagerHead Judge
Ray ElderTom Webster
Andy StahlJack Palmer
Joe DigaetanoWernher von Braun
Tom TaylorMiner in Elevator
David DuceyMan in Crowd
Jenny PattersonNurse
O. Winston LinkLocomotive Engineer
Wren BarnesScience Fair Student
Ryder DavisMan in Crowd
Brian Edward KeithCoal Miner
Shawn LindsayMiner

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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