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Still shot from the movie: October Sky.

October Sky

It's 1957 in Coalwood, West Virginia, and all roads point to the local coal mine. But when the first spacecraft, the Russian Sputnik, flies over the dusty town, high-school student Homer Hickam (Jake Gyllenhaal) catches a glimpse of the bigger world and can no longer accept his presumed career. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 108
Theater Release: 19 Feb 1999
Video Release: 25 Jan 2001
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

This true story has a happy ending, with Homer Hickam achieving his dream. Would his efforts still have been worthwhile had he not reached this ultimate goal? Are you ever discouraged from trying new things because you might not realize your ultimate dream? What things still worth the risk?

Having just retired in 1998 after over 20 years of service to NASA, Homer Hickam is a real rocket scientist. For more information, check http://www.homerhickam.com/ or look for the book Rocket Boys, the autobiography upon which the film is based.

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