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October sky [videorecording] /

by Gyllenhaal, Jake; Johnston, Joe; Gyllenhaal, Jake; Cooper, Chris; Dern, Laura; Hickam, Homer H; Isham, Mark; Universal Home Video (Firm).
Material type: materialTypeLabelVisual materialPublisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Home Video, 2005Edition: Special widescreen ed.Description: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 9786310704760 : DVD; 6310704761 : DVD.Language note: In English, French, or Spanish with optional French or Spanish subtitles.Closed-captioned.Subject(s): Hickam, Homer H., 1943- -- Drama | Hickam, Homer H., 1943- -- Film and video adaptations | Aerospace engineers -- United States -- Biography -- Drama | Fathers and sons -- Drama | Rocketry -- Drama | Aviation films | Biographical films | Film adaptations | Video recordings for the hearing impaired | Fiction films | Feature filmsCast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen.Summary: True story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.
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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

Based on the book: Rocket boys / Homer H. Hickam.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1999.

Features: "Aiming high: the story of the rocket boys," feature commentary with Homer Hickam, spotlight on location, production notes, theatrical trailer.

Director of photography, Fred Murphy ; production designer, Barry Robison ; editors Robert Dalva and Craig Richards ; music, Mark Isham.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen.

True story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.

MPAA rating: PG.

DVD, Dolby digital 5.1.

For private home use only.

In English, French, or Spanish with optional French or Spanish subtitles.

Closed-captioned.

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