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Title October sky [dvd] / Universal Pictures presents a Charles Gordon production ; a Joe Johnston film ; screenplay by Lewis Colick ; directed by Joe Johnston
Publisher Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios, c2005
 Rodman Branch Ad Entertain DVD  O21s 1998    AVAILABLE
Edition Widescreen presentation (2.35:1) ; special ed
Descript 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Tech Details DVD format. Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound
Language English, French, or Spanish dialogue ; French or Spanish subtitles
Performer(S) Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen
Credits Music by Mark Isham
Note Special features: feature commentary by Homer Hickam ; the real story of the "rocket boys" ; spotlight on location ; production notes ; theatrical trailer
Produced as a motion picture in 1998; released in 1999
Based on the autobiographical book "Rocket Boys" by Homer H. Hickam, Jr
Audience MPAA rating: PG ("Language, brief teen sensuality and alcohol use, and for some thematic elements"--Container)
Summary "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 at
Note For private home use only
Subject Hickam, Homer H., 1943- -- Drama
Teenage boys -- West Virginia -- Drama
Aerospace engineers -- United States -- Drama
Teacher-student relationships -- West Virginia -- Drama
Fathers and sons -- West Virginia -- Drama
Coal miners -- West Virginia -- Drama
West Virginia -- Drama
Genre Biographical films.
Feature films.
Subject DVD videodiscs
Alt Author Johnston, Joe, 1950-
Gyllenhaal, Jake, 1980-
Dern, Laura
Cooper, Chris, 1951-
Owen, Chris, 1980-
Isham, Mark
Hickam, Homer H., 1943- Rocket Boys
Universal Pictures (Firm)
ISBN 1417013958
ISBN/ISSN 025192554421
Music # 25544 Universal

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