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October Sky (Bilingual)

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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, DVD-Video, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 15 2013
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0006FYOTC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,182 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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Based on the memoir Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam Jr., October Sky emerged as one of the most delightful sleepers of 1999--a small miracle of good ol' fashioned movie-making in the cynical, often numbingly trendy Hollywood of the late 20th century. Hickam's true story begins in 1957 with Russia's historic launch of the Sputnik satellite, and while Homer (played with smart idealism by Jake Gyllenhaal) sees Sputnik as his cue to pursue a fascination with rocketry, his father (Chris Cooper) epitomizes the admirable yet sternly stubborn working-man's ethic of the West Virginia coal miner, casting fear and disdain on Homer's pursuit of science while urging his "errant" son to carry on the family business--a spirit-killing profession that Homer has no intention of joining.

As directed by Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer), this wonderful movie is occasionally guilty of overstating its case and sacrificing subtlety for predictable melodrama. But more often the film's tone is just right, and the spirit of adventure and invention is infectiously conveyed through Gyllenhaal and his well-cast fellow rocketeers, whose many failures gradually lead to triumph on their makeshift backwoods launching pad. Capturing time and place with impeccable detail and superbly developed characters (including Laura Dern as an inspiring schoolteacher), October Sky is a family film for the ages, encouraging the highest potential of the human spirit while giving viewers a clear view of a bygone era when "the final frontier" beckoned to the explorer in all of us. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Very nice movie. A movie which make you a better man . Really good actor performance and I am recommending to everybody whose like a nice serious and connected to real life movies. The delivery service also was amazing. Everything come on time and very good condition.
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Was well done but a mistake to watch right after reading the book. The cast could have been more exact to the nature of the real people and the storyline could have been a little closer to real events. Otherwise it was entertaining.
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I have loved this movie since i saw it in high school science class.

We recently showed it to a group of 35 Grade 6-12 students and they enjoyed it a lot.

Great movie with a lesson to it that is not boring and slow.
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Afraid I don't have much new to add. Read the book first which led to a good movie being spoiled by a screenwriter who made changes that completely modify the details of the story. Its a good movie, but hard to let it stand on its own as a piece of work knowing the real story.
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Having read Homer H. Hickam's wonderful memoir, 'Rocket Boys', upon which October Sky is based, I decided to buy the DVD blind as the film did not recieve a national theatrical release in the UK, my home. I must say I rather enjoyed it. Joe Johnston has made a warm, evocative film but one feels he failed to make the most of his source material. Lewis Colick's script seems to skip over or marginalise the very elements that made 'Rocket Boys' such a gripping, moving read. However, the cast is very charming, there's plenty of laughs and smiles to be had, and it's a hard heart that isn't moved at the film's end. It's no Stand By Me, but October Sky is a great film. As for the disc: picture is superb, sound a little ropey (it's hard to make out what the characters are saying sometimes), and given that the film is based on a true story, the bonus material would have greatly benefited from a documentary.
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This movie is insanely inspirational. If you buy any positive movie for your collection, think about this one. It tells the story of Homer Hickam and the Rocket boys. Just after the USSR launched Sputnik (the first manmade satellite), the US had to play catch-up.
At this time is when a kid (Homer) decides to build a Rocket. The movie is the quest to build a working rocket and get the hell out of the little coal mining community he is stuck in. He has dreams to get to college and work for NASA.
Will he accomplish his dreams??? Hells yea! After he makes it through two science fairs and his father. This is one of those rare movies that will make you a better person for having seen it. Do yourself the favor and get this movie.
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If you have not read the book "Rocket Boys" you will probably love this movie. It is beautifully filmed, well acted, and fast paced. It depicts the life of a teenage boy growing up in small-town West Virginia, and contains plenty of teenage high jinxes. What makes Homer/Sonny different from the other teenagers is his passion for rocketry. Some of the scenes showing errant rockets - intended to be humorous - are downright scary. Even with less erratic rockets, the experiments performed are very dangerous.

But if your have read "Rocket Boys" prior to seeing the movie, you might notice something missing. The book is far more mordant. Read carefully. Just below the surface you will find a Dantesque world view. First, there is the community of Coalwood itself -- with its petty squabbles and tribulations. Beneath Coalwood is a netherworld, symbolized by a coal mine with the curious name Olga. In this inferno men toil for hours without being able to stand upright for a single moment. Above Coalwood is the celestial realm. Ironically it is symbolized by sputnik - a satellite launched by the USSR. But regardless who launched it, it symbolizes that man is not excluded from the celestial realm.

Both Homer/Sonny and his mother look skyward for a better life. The mother does so by painting flying seagulls over a balmy beach. Her dream is to relocate to Myrtle Beach.
Homer's dream is to escape via rocket - not literally of course, but by mastering rocketry, and then getting a job with Werner von Braun.
Homer's father holds their dreams in contempt. He is fully convinced that their future -- and the future of America -- is tied to keeping the mine productive and strong. He loves the mine. If he recognized its hellish side, he excuses it as necessary evil.
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Homer Hickam is a ordinary coalminer teen.His dad is head of the mine and he raises hell a lot.Homer has a tough time getting close.His biggest sore point is that he detests the mine.He doesn't want to end up under the earth forever.He trys football.Thats the only way any of his friends have gone to collage.He fails in that.He wishes a girl would notice him.He does have two loyal friends.Then everything changes with Sputnik.Seeing it flying over the stars above his head is the moment when he realizes his calling.Soon he starts thinking about rockets.Why not build one? He goes to the poor nerdy boy for help.Soon the four have become allies.Homers first attempt in the science of rockets goes flat(well,the fence goes flat).His dad is angry and tells him to quit this craze.Homer won't do it,so he goes off in the woods and starts testing rockets.Some go nutty,some explode.Nothing works.Finally,when the whole town is there to watch,it happens.The rocket soars high.His teacher tells him to enter his rocket designs in the science fair.It seems like sucess is at hand when Homer's dad gets hurt.Homer must go down in the mine and work to support the family.His dream is shattered.
Does Homer Hickum get a scolarship with his rocket? Watch and see.
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