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October Sky (Special Edition) (1999)

Jake Gyllenhaal , Laura Dern , Joe Johnston  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (585 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott
  • Directors: Joe Johnston
  • Writers: Lewis Colick
  • Producers: Charles Gordon, Larry Franco
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (585 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FYOTC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,871 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "October Sky (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Coalwood, West Virginia, 1957. Working in the coal mines is an inescapable way of life in this small town. When high schooler Homer Hickam, Jr. (Jake Gyllenhaal) sees the Sputnik satellite in the night sky, he dares to break free of the mines and reach for the stars. With the support of his teacher (Laura Dern) and three friends, Homer sets out on an inspiring quest to build his own rocket. Overcoming a poor education, a tough father (Chris Cooper) and a series of misfires, Homer turns his dreams into reality in this incredible true story of hope, determination and triumph. "You'll laugh with it, cry with it, and go away absolutely loving it," says Robert Butler (Knight Ridder News Service) of the critically acclaimed October Sky.

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149 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tell your friends about this movie February 29, 2000
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I'd seen the October Sky DVD at the local video store, but avoided it--I imagine because I didn't know much about it and because I'd read it was just a "family" movie and figured it wouldn't be very interesting. Well, I finally rented it, and now I see why so many of the reviewers here have raved about it. I won't go into the story--others here have. I'll just say that October Sky is simply a wonderful story, and it's very well told in this movie--script, direction, and cast are all first rate, the photography is beautiful, and the score evocative. It even captured our thirteen year old son's attention--not a small feat for a movie with a PG rating. My guess is you'll be thinking about Coalwood, West Virgina, and its people for a while after seeing this movie. (I should add I ended up buying both the DVD and Rocket Boys (also published as October Sky), the book on which the movie is based. The book is great, too.)
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My inspiration January 1, 2000
Do you feel constrained in your job? Are you an unhappy student? Then this movie is for you. I first watched the rental and I was deeply touched and inspired by it. I right away decided that this movie is worth owning, so I bought myself a copy. I don't regret it. Every time I watch it, it makes me re-evaluate my life and inspires me to go after what I value most. It makes me realize that I, too, can do what most people will tell me is impossible. It inspires me to keep trying and keep dreaming. You must own this movie so it touches and inspires everyone who visits your home.
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An undiscovered jewel of a film. July 30, 2002
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Not everybody will like this film. Three people out of the one hundred and seventy five reviewers here didn't like it. And fifteen more out of the remaining one hundred and seventy two gave it three or four stars, leaving one hundred and fifty seven who thought this an absolutely great movie against eighteen who didn't.
So I think I'm safe enough to say you'll like this movie even if reading about it doesn't make it sound that exciting. The bottom line is that this movie is so very human. The boys who are obsessed with rockets are normal, every day boys sparked with enthusiasm about what can be done. They are following their own stars, their own sense of what is right for them, against the opposition of those who don't understand.
And so, there is a story for each and every one here, a very real story about following your own star, not somebody else's. Yes, it's a feel good movie, but it achieves this through the power of the true story, not out of viewer manipulation.
Very highly recommended.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best family movie of the 90's December 2, 1999
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There isn't a better family movie than October Sky. It was enjoyed by all three of my sons who range fron 10-18. My sons have asked to read the book. What better recommendation is there than that. The movie captures the Sputnik moment and helps kids of the 90's to understand their parents' generation better. But even more importantly, it lets kids understand that anyone can make a success of himself if he is focused and will try hard. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie the first, second, and third time I saw it, and so did my kids.
The characers are terrific. The four heroes, the Rocket Boys, led by Homer Hickham spend weeks developing their rockets, scrounging material, and testing their science by trial and error. The movie provides some subplot relief with typical teenage problems including girls, parents, and being made fun of at school, but the movie, like the Rocket Boys, stays focused on the main event, launching a successful rocket and competing in the national science fair.
Even though you feel you know the ending before the movie finishes, it keeps your attention because the characters are human and you can identify with them. If you are looking for a movie for you and your kids or parents to enjoy together, this is it. It may be one of the 10 best family movies of all time not just 90's.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars coal miner reviews February 3, 2000
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I am a coal miner and have been for many years. I grew up during the same time period as the movie and lived and worked in the coal camps portrayed . I am also an avid movie watcher and "OCTOBER SKY" is by far one of the best movies of all time. It is probably one of my top five favorites and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a heartwarming, true to life movie. The characters, language, scenery and incidents are impeccable. Would'nt change a thing. The movie didn't play in my area so I drove about 75 miles to Charleston just to see it and I wasn't disappointed. TWO THUMBS UP!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars October Sky January 5, 2003
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This movie is definitely, withut a doubt, the best movie of 1999 in my opinion. Here's why: The acting is great, the music is well done and fits the era perfectly, and the story is uplifting and inspiring. This movie, however, is not a feel-good movie with a cliched story line and needless melodrama. This movie is about a boy who lives in the coal moning town of verginia, who on one fatefull night, watches Russia's satelitte, the Sputnik race across the October Sky. This inspires him to build rockets againt all odds, be it his father, a hardened coal miner, who refuses to let Homer build rockets on campany property, forcing them to walk 7 miles to snake root, or the fact that there wasn't very much information on rockets in coalwood. However, with the help of his freinds, this story became one of success despite great odds. I beleive that music is very important in a film or game, and this might just be the first review to note the music, witch is very very very well done by Mark Isham. Even four years after it's realise, the final credits still bring a tear to my eyes.
"This one's gonna go for miles, Homer!" ~Quinten
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars October Sky- very good movie for the whole family
We had seen this movie before and wanted to show it to a large group.
The movie was just as good as we remembered, but the DVD itself had a number of skips and delays... Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Cindy O'Neil
4.0 out of 5 stars Journey
October Sky is a great movie to show real life events to reveal how important education is for young people.
Published 5 hours ago by Hillorgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie
October Sky is based on the book The Rocket Boys, the memoir from Homer Hickam, who became a NASA space engineer. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Adam Rush
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good Movie
I really liked this movie, the story is based on a true life experience of a boy in southern West Virginia. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Samuel B. Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars October Sky
This is an uplifting inspirational film, but I could have done without the swearing. I love the story of how Homer overcame extreme circumstance and rise above his circumstances... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Meesha
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
Great story. I love Chris Cooper. His acting has authenticity and he makes every movie he is in better.
His part makes this a great movie instead of a good one.
Published 10 days ago by K. Mclemore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Wonderful movie with a lot of good stories for teaching children. Great for a family movie night! Would strongly recommend!
Published 10 days ago by Brian W. Swicegood
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie worth 10000000 stars
I love this movie almost more than I love my birds, wait yes I love this more than my birds and would sell them in order to even watch this once. That is how great it is
Published 11 days ago by Josh Bloedow
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring entertainment for the whole family
This was a great movie to watch with my whole fsmily. The themes of working hard to rise above your circumstance and believing in your dreams really redinated. Read more
Published 12 days ago by mae544
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This movie is very well-directed, inspiring, and moving. I recommend this movie to anyone. Tell your friends about this movie!
Published 12 days ago by Aaron Iglesias
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