With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. Now with 8 pages of photographs. One of the most beloved bestsellers in recent years, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir.
We all have our own dreams. But in order to make our dreams, a reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort. Everyone of us have a dream to achieve something. We have some kind of talent for doing great things. But, most of our dreams are crunched by something, either by our education system or by our own doubt in following the dream.
Plot The movie opens in October when, like the rest of America, Homer Jake Gyllenhaal takes notice that the Soviets successfully launch the Sputnik satellite.
However, unlike the rest of his small town, he uses it as inspiration to make something more of his life. Numerous attempts send rockets careening out of control, most of which eventually explode. But, when the four boys discover the secret to success, they become local celebrities.
They are given support by their school teacher, Miss Riley Laura Dernwho sees their rocket-building as an opportunity to enter the state science fair and possibly win scholarships to college, thus taking them away from their predetermined life in the coal mines.
This is the kind of story, you might have heard or seen in many movies of Hollywood. So, what makes this movie, different and great? The most compelling is the multi-faceted, complex relationship between Homer and his father, John Chris Cooper.
Every time one of his missiles sears into the sky, the audience feels the same rush he feels. Cooperis saddled with a tough role of playing the father.
Everyone in the supporting cast contributes to the story, some with small sub-plots of their own. Directed by Joe Johnstonthe movie breathes with this kind of gifted and timeless film-making. He keeps the drama smartly pinned to family life. He knows how to be subtle.
In terms of film-making, it is flawless and brilliant in execution. But more than that, it proves that a movie can be percent traditional and still be fresh and exciting. That makes us easily connected with the movie. Watch "October Sky" as an inspiration, to pursue your dreams.Hickam wrote in a article on his blog: "After marketing surveys by Universal Studios indicated that Rocket Boys as a movie title would not attract the female over age thirty demographic, the film was retitled and released as 'October Sky.' Interestingly, 'October Sky' is an anagram of Rocket Boys, the same letters just moved around.
This was . The story is mostly true — "October Sky" is based on Hickam's own book, "Rocket Boys." CBS 2 theater critic Chris Jones reviews "October Sky," playing at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. October Sky Themes Theme found in other literature Theme found in Quotes We May Place Blame, Give Reasons, And Even Have Excuses; but in The End, It Is An Act of Cowardice to Not Follow Your Dreams.
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