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October Sky

Rating:PG (for language, brief teen sensuality and alcohol use, and for some thematic elements)
Release Date:February 19, 1999
Running time:115 minutes
Cast:Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, William Lee Scott, Chad Lindberg, Laura Dern
Director:Joe Johnston
Producer:Larry J. Franco, Charles Gordon
Writer:Lewis Colick, Lewis Gordon

Description: In Coalwood, West Virginia, all the boys grow up to be coal miners and Homer Hickam has no reason to think he'll be any different. Too small to earn a football scholarship, Homer has no way out of his predetermined life -- until the soviet satellite Sputnik flies over the October sky and changes everything. It's 1957 and Homer's world just got a lot bigger. Though his father is mine superintendent and has no greater wish than to see his sons follow in his footsteps, Homer embarks on a mission to build and launch his own homemade rockets with the help of his loyal band of friends. Though their frequent mistakes nearly get them shut down, their successes inspire the whole town to believe that miracles can happen even in Coalwood, and there's nothing wrong with shooting for the stars.

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