>Homer Hickam is a damn fine story teller. Just finished 2 chapters of "Rocket
>Boys", and if I hadn't already acquired a headache before starting it, I'd
>probably stay up all night reading it.
>I know several people have praised "Rocket Boys" already, but I just thought
>I'd join in.
>If the movie is half as good as the book so far, it'll be a hoot!
OCTOBER SKY (formerly ROCKET BOYS)
* RELEASE DATE: February 19th, 1999
CAST: Laura Dern, Chris Cooper, Natalie Canerday, Jake Gyllenhaal,
Chad Lindberg, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott, Frank Schuler
* DIRECTOR: Joe Johnston (Jumanji, The Rocketeer, Honey I Shrunk the
* WHAT'S IT BASED ON?: Based on the autobiographical book, Rocket Boys,
by Homer Hickam, which was published in September, 1998. Hickam went
on to work for NASA.
* WHAT'S IT ABOUT?: During the Sputnik-inspired space frenzy of the late
50's, 4 ***age friends in a small Southern mining community prepare to
build their own rocket ship. The film centers on young Homer Hickam
(Gyllenhaal) who embarks on the project partly in an attempt to win his
father's (Cooper) approval.
* GREG'S THOUGHTS: This is a film that intrigues me by its very nature.
That there were real ***age boys in the 50's who were actually to
build rockets is really interesting. It is worth noting that 2 of
director Joe Johnston's previous films did indeed feature the kind of
well, rocketing (The Rocketeer and the bee-rides in Honey I Shrunk the
Kids) that one would expect from a real-life rocket that 4 boys might
build. That in itself makes one think that the rocket actually
worked! On the other hand, this film does seem to be a smaller, more
character-driven film, and so this may be quite a departure for
Johnston. It'll be interesting to see what this film has to offer.
* MOVIE/BOOK/AUTHOR RELATED SITE: http://www.FoundCollection.com/
This site is coordinated as part of the alumni of Big Creek High School
in War, West ***ia, which is the school that Homer Hickam and his
friends went to in real life. This site has some great articles and
information about Mr. Hickam, the book, and the movie.
* UNOFFICIAL ACTOR (CHRIS COOPER) SITE:
* LINK TO BUYING THE BOOK: Amazon.com
* OFFICIAL SITE: Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures offers trailer in Real Video and QT versions.
Sounds like a great chance to get NAR and TRA involved in helping prevent
lost limbs, and maybe picking up a new member or two. Or two thousand....
My opinions only.