October Sky


1h 48m 1999

Brief Synopsis

It's 1957 in Coalwood, West Virginia and while most of the town mines the earth, young Homer Hickman dreams of only the sky. Inspired by the dawn of the space age and the historic launching of the Soviet satellite Sputnik, Homer enlists his two best buddies as well as the school's resident math geek

Film Details

Also Known As
Ciel d'octobre, Rocket Boys, The
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Production Company
Mark Zimbicki
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m

Synopsis

It's 1957 in Coalwood, West Virginia and while most of the town mines the earth, young Homer Hickman dreams of only the sky. Inspired by the dawn of the space age and the historic launching of the Soviet satellite Sputnik, Homer enlists his two best buddies as well as the school's resident math geek to help him design and launch space rockets. After a series of disastrous crash landings, in particular one that sends an entire coal mine full of workers running for cover, Homer's father demands that his son get serious about his future and abandon his silly science projects. However Homer's potential is limitless and when he starts winning science fairs and scholarships he's on a non-stop journey straight to the stars.

Crew

Charlie Ajar Jr.

Other

Jerry Allison

Song

Steve Ansell

Assistant Editor

Terry Arthur

Key Grip

Okan Ataman

Art Department

Lynn Barber

Makeup Artist

Dave Bartholomew

Song

Charles Thomas Baxter

Location Manager

Gerald Bean

Craft Service

Michael B Beaudin

Accounting Assistant

Carl Beck

Music

Jeff Becker

Rigging Gaffer

Joseph F Beeco

Foreman

Gloria Belz

Makeup

Chris Bennett

Stunts

Georges Boulanger

Song

Brent Bowers

Cgi Artist

Lewis Bowman

Grip

Thom Brennan

Foley Editor

Stephen Brown

Costumes

Emily S Buckberry

Dialogue Consultant

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutting

Todd Busch

Assistant Editor

Matthew Butler

Other

Craig Byrom

Foreman

Julie Callihan

Makeup Artist

Anthony Joseph Camaioni

Assistant Editor

Janet Campolito

Assistant

Tom Carlson

Music Editor

Jimmy Carmickle

Foreman

Fumie H Carrera

Wardrobe

Sean Casey

Photography

Michael Casper

Rerecording

Tom Clark

Other

Lewis Colick

Screenplay

Fred Cooper

Dolly Grip

Misty Cooper

Assistant

Dan Cornwall

Other

Theresa Corrao

Effects Coordinator

Betsy Cox

Costume Designer

Peter Cramer

Executive Producer

Stephen Crowley

Best Boy

Cliff Cudney

Stunt Coordinator

Julie D'antoni

Production Assistant

Robert Dalva

Editor

Bill Glenn Davis

Set Designer

Charles G Dawes

Song

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Joe Digaetano

Special Effects Supervisor

Pete Doell

Music

Fats Domino

Song

Fats Domino

Song Performer

Jo Doster

Location Casting

C J Drews

Production Assistant

John J Duncan

Special Thanks To

David Duren

Other

Tommy Edwards

Song Performer

Mary H. Ellis

Sound Mixer

John Fagan

Stunts

Tony Fanning

Art Director

Bill Fibben

Boom Operator

Ed Fitzgerald

Swing Gang

Stephanie Flack

Dialogue Editor

Nancy Foy

Casting Director

David Galbraith

Assistant Camera Operator

Jeff Galpin

Stunts

Howell Gibbens

Sound Editor

Robert Girard

Stunts

Aaron Glascock

Editor

Shirley Goodman

Song

Charles Gordon

Producer

Jeffry Gordon

Other

Beka Wilson Gregory

Hair Stylist

John Griffin

Production Assistant

Ruby Guidara

Other

Brian Gunter

Gaffer

John Guss

Production Assistant

Rhonda Guthrie

Other

Otto Harbach

Song

Todd Hatfield

Other

Janice Hayen

Music

Kela Hick

Cgi Artist

Homer Hickam Jr.

Source Material (From Novel)

Robert Hill

Grip

Hilda Hodges

Foley Artist

Alan Holly

Adr Mixer

Buddy Holly

Song

Alan Hook

Set Designer

Mark Isham

Music

Al Jacques

Projectionist

Diana Jaher

Casting Associate

Bill Johnson

Makeup

Diane Johnson

Craft Service

Andi Kasen

Assistant Editor

Whitney B Kemp

Props Assistant

Jimmy Kennedy

Song

Elizabeth Kenton

Adr Editor

Jerome Kern

Song

Stephen Krause

Sound Mixer

Kevin Kropp

Props Assistant

Ken Kugler

Music Conductor

Mary Jo Lang

Foley Mixer

Eric Lasagna

Other

Daniel Leahy

Rerecording

Leonard Lee

Song

Jerry Leiber

Song

Barrett J Leigh

Production Assistant

Morris Levy

Song

M Michael Lewis

Key Grip

Greg Lowe

Adr

Eric J Luling

On-Set Dresser

Alisa B Lumbperas

Other

Frankie Lymon

Song

Betsy Magruder

Assistant Director

Rusty Mahmood

Assistant Director

Matt Marshall

Assistant Director

David Brian Martin

Stunts

Jonathan Mcgarry

Assistant Director

Michael Mcgovern

Editor

Lee Mclemore

Grip

Robert A. Mcmahan

Assistant Camera Operator

Andrew Menzies

Assistant Art Director

Fred Meyers

Other

Arthur J Miller

Other

Mark S. Miller

Visual Effects

Kristen Millette

Cgi Artist

Susan Mills

Hair Stylist

James Mitchell

Visual Effects Supervisor

Charlie Monroe

Song

James Morioka

Assistant Sound Editor

Swift Moseley

Other

Michelle Motta

Cgi Artist

Fred Murphy

Director Of Photography

Esther Navarro

Song

Deana Newcomb

Photography

Dee Nichols

Grip

Sid Page

Soloist

Cindy Parker

Transportation Coordinator

J L Parker

Transportation Coordinator

John Paterson

Foreman

Peter Paterson

Stunts

Richard E Perry

Special Effects

Kim Petrosky

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Norman Petty

Song

Gary Pilkinton

Special Effects

John Ployhar

Production Assistant

Anne Pope

Special Thanks To

Elvis Presley

Song Performer

Molly Proctor

Other

W T Purdy

Music

Jim Pybrun

Other

Christopher J Pyles

Swing Gang

John Rabasca

Swing Gang

Buck Ram

Song

Ande Rand

Song

Joe E. Rand

Music Editor

Stephen K Randolph

Set Costumer

Van Redin

Photography

Spencer H Register

Swing Gang

Van Nostrand Reinhold

Other

Mike Revell

Production Accountant

Owen J Rice

Extras Casting Assistant

David Rigby

Special Effects

Barry Robison

Production Designer

Chris Rodriguez

Grip

John Roesch

Foley Artist

Chad Rose

Stunts

Paul Schmitz

Production Assistant

Philip G Schneider

Property Master

Fred W Schwendel

Swing Gang

Manny Serrano

Swing Gang

Marciann Shapiro

Costume Supervisor

Carl Sigman

Song

Michael Smith

Stunts

Chris Spellman

Set Decorator

Mike Stanwick

Color Timer

Marc Sternberg

Executive Producer

Mike Stoller

Song

Brian Stultz

Other

Robb Sullivan

Assistant Editor

Don Sundquist

Special Thanks To

Jeff Talman

Assistant Location Manager

Carolyn Tapp

Foley Recordist

Tom Taylor

Advisor

The Platters

Song Performer

Margaret A Thigpen

Swing Gang

Cheryl A Tkach

Assistant

Michael Tomlinson

Location Scout

Kathleen Tonkin

Special Effects

Russell Towery

Stunts

Michealle Vanderpool-kohrs

Hair Stylist

Paul Varrieur

Camera Operator

Robert Vazquez

Special Effects Foreman

Robert Vazquez

Stunts

Brenda Wachel

Script Supervisor

Jonathan Wank

Art Department

David Weathers

Swing Gang

Zane Weiner

Unit Production Manager

Katie Willard Troebs

Production Coordinator

Jerome Williams

Other

Film Details

Also Known As
Ciel d'octobre, Rocket Boys, The
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Production Company
Mark Zimbicki
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Family Film from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Released in United States Winter February 19, 1999

Released in United States on Video July 27, 1999

Based on the true life story of NASA space engineer Homer Hickman, Jr.

Completed shooting May 10, 1998.

Began shooting February 23, 1998.

Released in United States Winter February 19, 1999

Released in United States on Video July 27, 1999

Nominated for the 1999 award for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Lewis Colick) from the Writers Guild of America.