October Sky

Synopsis: In a 1950's mining town called Coalwood, Homer Hickam is a kid with only one future in sight, to work in the local coal mine like his father. However in October 1957, everything changes when the first artificial satellite, Sputnik goes into orbit. With that event, Homer becomes inspired to learn how to build rockets. With his friends and the local nerd, Homer sets to do just that by trial and a lot of error. Unfortunately, most of the town and especially Homer's father thinks that they are wasting their time. Only one teacher in the high school understands their efforts and lets them know that they could become contenders in the national science fair with college scholarships being the prize. Now the gang must learn to perfect their craft and overcome the many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars.
Director(s): Joe Johnston
Production: Universal
  4 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

Come on. Come on, Jensen.


Come on back.

[Jensen Grunting]

Come on.

What happened?

Whole damn mountain

'bout fell on your head.

And John here...

he saved your life.

That's my dad.

I want you out of this mine.

Don't come back, you stupid

son of a bitch.

Didn't I tell you

to watch the roof, huh?

Now we could've all been killed

'cause you didn't have the sense

to look up!

That's my dad.



Well, how'd it go?


Well, I told you. You spend

the summer shovelin' coal,

and you'll be playin'

linebacker next fall.

What's the matter, Homer?

Not cut out for mining coal?

Me neither.

[Men Laughing]

Hey, let's get that mess

cleaned up!

Let's get some cribbin'

on that roof!

Buck up, Homer.

You're a Coalwood boy.

When you get down in the mine,

get that coal shovel

in your hand,

feel just as natural to you

as a tick on a dog.

[Homer's Dad]

And get that slate

off the loader.!

[Man On Radio] It's

the radio signal transmitted

by the Soviet Sputnik.

Listen now for the sound

which forevermore separates

the old from the new.

[Rhythmic Beeping]

[Beeping Continues]

That's it?

That's the Sputnik?

- That's Sputnik.

- Well, big deal.

Big deal?

What you fail to grasp...

is that the sound you're hearin'

is bein' transmitted...

by an object that is travelin'

at 18,000 miles per hour,

a-a-a-and orbitin'the Earth

e-e-every nine...

Shut up!

Boys, not in my class.!

Thank you, Quentin.

Now Quentin's right, y'all.

Sputnik is a milestone

in history.

Things'll never be

the same again.

What do you think

about that, Homer?

Well, yes, ma'am. Uh...

[Students Laughing]


Cat got your tongue?

We were talkin'

about bein' in orbit,

hundreds of miles

away from the Earth.

You know anything

about that?

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Lewis Colick

Lewis Colick is an American screenwriter born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Baruch College in New York and got his MFA in Theatre Arts from the UCLA Film School. more…

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