PG | | Biography, Drama, Family
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.
When Homer Hickam called Quentin Nigerian, he was correct because Quentin's parents actually were in Nigeria when he was born.
Did you ever see Frankenstein and the wolf man?
In the shot where Homer first steps off the truck after returning from the Science Fair, a camera is clearly visible at the left hand side of the screen.
The real life people portrayed in the movie are shown during the end credits.
$5,905,250 (USA) (21 February 1999)
$32,481,825 (USA) (25 July 1999)