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.
Chris Ellis, who plays Principal Turner, also played Deke Slayton in Apollo 13 (1995) and appeared in the mini-series From the Earth to the Moon (1998). He also plays Flight Director Walter Clark in Armageddon.
Come on. Come on, Jensen. Come on back.
Jensen: What happened?
Jake Mosby: Whole damn mountain about fell on your head. And John here, he saved your life.
Homer: That's my dad.
John: I want you out of this mine, and don't you ever come back, you stupid son of a bitch. Didn't I tell...
When Homer is writing equations on the chalkboard, explaining to Mr. Turner that they did not start the forest fire, the previous writing on the board gets erased without Homer actually doing so (the sound effects of him writing never stop long enough to erase anything).
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)