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 location of the slag dump where the Rocket Boys actually tested their rockets still exists. It is now a large grassy field. It is located in the actual town of Coalwood, WV which still exists today. They erected a replica test stand, launch pad,... ...
Sure Dr. Von Braun is a great scientist, but he isn't my hero.
When Roy Lee's stepfather is beating Roy Lee up, after getting released from the jail, and John Hickam tells Homer to get into the car, Jake Gyllenhaal (Homer Hickam) is not the one getting into the car, it is his body double.
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)