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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 (709 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (709 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FYOTC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "October Sky (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Aiming High: The Story of the Rocket Boys
  • Feature Commentary with Homer Hickam
  • Spotlight on Location
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer

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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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    150 of 156 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Tell your friends about this movie February 29, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    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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    63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars My inspiration January 1, 2000
    Format:DVD
    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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    93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An undiscovered jewel of a film. July 30, 2002
    Format:VHS Tape
    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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    34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars the best family movie of the 90's December 2, 1999
    Format:VHS Tape
    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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    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars coal miner reviews February 3, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    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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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars October Sky January 5, 2003
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    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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    5.0 out of 5 stars very awesome movie
    .this is an excellent movie and amazing educational material I myself has watched it 5.6.7 times all while I was in school and I find it to be an amazing movie even after I love... Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational story of a coal miner's son who reaches the stars
    I loved this movie from the first time I saw it years ago. It's really an inspirational feel good story. I had forgotten that Gyllenhaal was the star. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    October Sky is without a doubt one of the best family movies we have seen. I decided to buy it when I could not find it on Netflix or rent it at a local video store or Redbox. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by samuelandsally
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love this film. So many themes about being who you are, following your dreams and what love really means
    Published 6 days ago by S. Dohrman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good story and cast
    Have watched this no less than 4 times and would watch again. Such a good story and cast.
    Published 6 days ago by north carolina mom
    5.0 out of 5 stars October Sky
    Great movie. Never tire of watching it. Love the fascination in those boys eyes. Would love to see that look in the eyes of today's youth.
    Published 9 days ago by Deanna M. Wood
    4.0 out of 5 stars October Sky
    This movie started off kind of slow but ended up being a really great inspiring movie. It makes you think about how good teachers really impact childrens lives.
    Published 10 days ago by Teachertoni
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