October Sky
Character: Miss Riley
Directed by: Joe Johnston
Written by: Lewis Colick
Produced by: Larry Franco, Charles Gordon
Other cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper
Release date: November 19, 1999 (Italy)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Running time: 1h 48min

John Hickam is a West Virginia coal miner who loves his job and expects his sons, Jim and Homer, to follow in his footsteps. But Jim gets a football scholarship, and Homer becomes interested in rocket science after seeing Sputnik 1 crossing the sky. John disapproves of his son's new mania, but Homer begins building rockets with the help of friends and a sympathetic teacher. Rocketry, he hopes, will prove his ticket to a better life.


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