(1999) on 4 october 1957, as sputnik, the first artificial satellite, launched into orbit by the soviets, streaks across the night sky above coalwood, west virginia, 17-year-old homer hickam (jake gyllenhaal) watches in amazement from that moment on, homer knows he's not going to be like his father john (chris cooper) ,. The story october sky tells is the one homer h hickam jr related in his well- reviewed 1998 memoir, rocket boys, a finalist for the national book critics an intense, focused actor, cooper plays homer's father, john, the mine superintendent in tiny coalwood, and his portrait of a caring but rigid and. Starring as homer hickam is kyle selig, a rising star in the theatre world who recently took on the role of elder price in the smash broadway musical the book of mormon playing his father, john hickam, is san diego local ron bohmer, whose extensive credits include the broadway musicals a little night. October sky is a 1999 american biographical drama film directed by joe johnston, starring jake gyllenhaal, chris cooper, chris owen, and laura dern it is based on the true story of homer h hickam, jr, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the launch of sputnik 1 in 1957 to take up rocketry against his father's wishes. Capturing a compelling slice of american history, october sky has travelled from best-selling autobiography to acclaimed 1999 film to now a lovely musical this is the story of homer hickam (from left) ron bohmer as john hickam and kyle selig as homer hickam the versatile stage design by kevin.
Homer hadley hickam jr (born february 19, 1943) is an american author, vietnam veteran, and a former nasa engineer his memoir october sky was a new york times best seller and was the basis for the 1999 film of the same name hickam has also written a number of best-selling memoirs and novels including the. 39 quotes from homer hickam: 'i had discovered that learning something, no matter how complex, wasn't hard when i had a reason to want to know it', 'not much comes easy in this world, sonny if it does, it's best to be suspicious of it it's probably not worth much', and 'all i've done is give you a book,” she said “you have. When, in 1957, the sputnik satellite lit up the sky over his home town in west virginia, homer hickam jr, 14, knew he had found his life's calling he started then he met john f kennedy and told him to send a man to the moon the subsequent film is called october sky - an anagram of rocket boys.
Amazoncom: october sky (special edition): jake gyllenhaal, laura dern, chris cooper, chris owen, william lee scott, chad lindberg, natalie canerday, elya overcoming a poor education, a tough father john hickam [chris cooper] and a series of misfires, homer h hickam, jr turns his dreams into reality in this. If you need an antidote for the cynicism of most new movies, the cozy, old-shoe virtues of october sky may be just the ticket instead of following his father, john hickam (chris cooper), into the mine, homer would like to follow the lead of his spiritual father, rocket pioneer wernher von braun, into the skies. Since he had just recently completed editing the scene where we boys watched sputnik arc through the october sky, he thought the title to be cosmically inspired why was homer's father called john in the movie isn't the author homer hickam jr the author's father was named homer hickam sr as a.
As homer hickam and i start working on this article, it's not all that far from 13 years to the day that october sky premiered i know where i was when i saw it— on an airplane, watching grown men cry it's a film that tells the story of a teenager in a small coal mining town in west virginia who has little chance to escape the. The struggle with both father and brother, the difficulty with girls, learning about rockets, and the worry about the russians are all shown in this chapter finally, the second chapter of october sky ends with sonny hickam and his friends attempting to make and launch their own rocket in his backyard.
John hickam (chris cooper), the mine superintendent, loves his job -- despite its headaches and inherent dangers -- and hopes that his boys, jim ( scott thomas) and homer (jake gyllenhaal), will one day join him working there when it appears that jim will receive a football scholarship to. Based upon an autobiographical book by homer hickam, jr, october sky charts the growing conflict between a coal miner and his son john hickam (chris cooper of lone star) has been a miner all of his adult life it's what he knows he expects his son, homer (jake gyllenhaal), to follow his footsteps but one october. Unlike homer hickam, the hero of october sky,'' i didn't go on to become a nasa scientist, or train astronauts misses some miners at the coal mine, and homer's dad john (chris cooper), the mine supervisor, forbids further experimentation and confiscates all of the rocket stuff'' from the basement. October sky movie clips: buy the movie: s676ic don't miss the hottest new trailers: clip description.
Homer hickam's memoir ''october sky'' is the story of homer and his love for rocketry during the space race homer's family is an important element. To write rocket boys/october sky, homer had to dig very deep into his soul to bring back moments that he hadn't thought about for a very long time he has a great sense of drama and believes that all of his books should be entertaining page-turners this required even more work during the creation of the book since each.
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. Biography october sky poster the true story of homer hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes in real life, both the father and son were named homer hickam , however in the film the father's name is changed to john this was most likely. Get credits and details for october sky at metacriticcom. List features items like tom webster, john hickam and more if you want to know, who are the characters from october sky or what are the names of october sky characters then this list is the perfect resource for you to view this list of october sky roles alphabetically, click on name at the top of the list is one of your.