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 watching the Vanguard rocket failure on TV Homer writes a letter of condolence to Von Braun and his team for their failure in launching it. In reality the Vanguard was the U.S. Navy's project and it was selected over Von Braun and his team for launching America's first satellite. When the Vanguard failed Von Braun successfully launched America's first satellite using his own rocket.
No. Coal mining may be your life, but it's not mine. I'm never going down there again. I wanna go into space.
When Homer's dad introduces the football recruiter, he refers to him as from the University of West Virginia. That is incorrect, the school is West Virginia University. John (Homer's dad) does not have a formal education and knows little of colleges/universities, so him making this mistake is not out of character.
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)