In a 1950's mining town called Coalwood, Homer Hickam is a kid with only one future in sight, to work in the local coal mine like his father. However in October 1957, everything changes when the first artificial satellite, Sputnik goes into orbit. With that event, Homer becomes inspired to learn how to build rockets. With his friends and the local nerd, Homer sets to do just that by trial and a lot of error. Unfortunately, most of the town and especially Homer's father thinks that they are wasting their time. Only one teacher in the high school understands their efforts and lets them know that they could become contenders in the national science fair with college scholarships being the prize. Now the gang must learn to perfect their craft and overcome the many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars.Written by
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John Hickam was actually named Homer Hickam (Sr.), but the name was changed to avoid confusion for the audience. Also, Homer Hickam (Jr.) had the nickname "Sonny" in real life and in the book. See more »
The beginning of the movie is dated October 4, 1957. The very next day Homer goes to football tryouts. High school teams played just nine games back then with the first game being the first week of September. Therefore, the team would be about 4 games into the season and would not have open tryouts at the half season mark. See more »
[Reading the newspaper aloud]
"The silvery cylinder burst forth in a fiery column of smoke and flame, racing the very wind as it soared into the sky, a messenger of these Rocket Boys of Big Creek.
These boys use their brains, not brawn, who play not football, but with Apollo's fire."
[Walks up to Homer, elated]
Would you please sign my newspaper?
I just know you're going to be really famous someday.
[Stares at Dorothy, mesmerized]
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The real life people portrayed in the movie are shown during the end credits. See more »
I loved this movie. It is one of the few movies that I have consistently recommended to friends to rent and have had all of them thank me for the referral. The film has some powerful themes that are beautifully scripted. The acting is superb all around (Chris Cooper has never turned in a bad acting role in my opinion!) The message of this film is so well delivered, so powerful, that it moved me to tears the first time I saw it. Not sad tears, which are easily solicited by cinema formula, but tears of joy--a rare thing.
Although I did not grow up in the 1950's, I believe this film honestly portrays the mood and setting of the time. Given today's harsh world with all its complications, watching this film is a welcome escape to a time of innocence, wonder, and discovery. Highly recommended!
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