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.
The town of Coalwood, West Virginia, has lost so many residents that it no longer holds the annual October Sky Festival. The event was moved to Beckley, West Virginia, in 2012 due to the lack of able-bodied volunteers remaining in Coalwood.
I'll tell you what's unbelievable... captain of the football team being jealous of you.
During the last launch sequence where John Hickam launches the "Miss Riley" Homer Hickam activates the launch box by flipping a switch on the box with one hand. In the next shot, it is apparent that he used his other hand to flip the switch.
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)
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