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

[Radio Static]

[Man On Radio]

While most of President

Eisenhower's advisors...

[Static Continues]

[Woman Singing]

[Man On Radio]

Today are ominous.

[Man On Radio] Washington...

[Static, Music Continues]

[Man On Radio]

If you have just tuned in

to this special bulletin,

Washington has confirmed

that, yesterday,

on the fourth

of October, 1957,

the Soviet Union

successfully launched...

history's first

man-made satellite...

into space orbit

around the Earth.

[Switch Clicks]

[Motor Humming]

The satellite which the Russians

have dubbed Sputnik...

is being hailed

as a milestone in history.

No one in our nation's capital

could deny that the satellite...

has ushered in a grim

new chapter in the Cold War.

And indeed,

a wave of national anxiety...

already seems

to be sweeping the country.


Still maintaining its speed

of 18,000 miles an hour,

completing an orbit of the Earth

every 96 minutes.

Doctor Wernher von Braun,

Chief Engineer of the Army

Ballistic Missile Agency,

expressed the hope

that the United States...

would soon be following

the Russians into space...

with our own

artificial satellite.

Doctor von Braun confirmed...

that there has still been

no actual sighting

of the Soviet satellite,

but the U.S. Expects

to be tracking it very soon.

We are told that Sputnik will be

visible to the naked eye...

about an hour after sunset

and an hour before dawn,

as it traverses the October sky

over the United States.

What the beeping signal means

we still don't know.

It may be nothing more...

[music][music] [Radio: Elvis Presley's

"Jailhouse Rock"]

[Horn Honking]

[music] Warden threw a party

in the county jail [music]

Let's go, Roy Lee.

[Engine Starts,

Singing Continues]

It's almost 9:

Sure are in a hurry

to get yourself killed.

No kiddin'. There are easier

ways to commit suicide, Homer.

Will you just step on it,

Roy Lee?

I am steppin' on it.



in the whole cell block [music]

[music] Was dancin'

to the jailhouse rock [music]

[Whistle Blowing]

Okay, Maguire,

Longstreet, Hickam.

Let's see what you got.

Hey, take it easy on my kid

brother. Make him look good,

all right?

Let's go! Hut!



Hut two.!


I thought I told you

to take it easy on him.

I did take it easy on him.

[Boy] Set.!

I'm gonna run right over you,

you son of a b*tch.

You hear me?


Hut one.! Hut two.!

[Grunting Continues]

Homer, you sure got guts,

but you gotta know

when to quit.

Okay, Miller!

You're up!

[Band Playing]


[music]Someday we'll all be blue [music]

[music] Well, that'll be the day

when you say good-bye [music]

[Panting] Why should

the damn jocks be the only ones

gettin' scholarships?

They're also the only ones

that get the girls.

This burns my ass.

[music] That'll be the day

when I die [music]

What do you boys think

about this?

Isn't that something?

Let 'em have outer space.

We got rock 'n' roll.

I'm with you. We got enough

to worry about down here.

Homer, your dad say anything

about the layoffs?


- Have they pulled

any more pillars?

- Uh, he didn't say.

Does he talk at all?

Oh, yeah. He talks.

Damn it, Jake! Didn't

I tell you to put some men

to work on those roof bolts?

Was I talkin' to the wall?

I'm sorry, John.

We was just tryin' to get...

Make sure the hoot owl shift

sets those timbers by the vent!

Two more days on that block,

we're gonna be down to the bone.

I guess that's...


Get out of the way!

Jensen, look out!

[Horn Blowing]

[Sirens Wailing]

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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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