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Post by Ted Cochr » Fri, 25 Dec 1998 04:00:00




Quote:

>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!

from Upcomingmovies.com

                     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
     Kids)
   * 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:
     http://www.FoundCollection.com/~ceelion
   * LINK TO BUYING THE BOOK: Amazon.com
   * OFFICIAL SITE: Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures offers trailer in Real Video and QT versions.

Sounds promising.

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....

--tc

My opinions only.

 
 
 

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Post by PeteAlw » Sat, 26 Dec 1998 04:00:00


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!

Peter Alway

 
 
 

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Post by Mark B. Bundi » Sun, 27 Dec 1998 04:00:00




Quote:
>Homer Hickam is a damn fine story teller.

Ditto. The parallels between growing up in a small town in West
***ia and ***ia were, well, striking.  Well written and a good
story.  Highly recommended.

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NAR President     Carol Stream, IL  60188  http://www.FoundCollection.com/

 
 
 

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Post by Konrad Hambri » Wed, 30 Dec 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>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!

>Peter Alway

Ooo ooo !  Me too, me too !!

Bought _Rocket_Boys_ on the way to the airport yesterday
afternoon.  Almost missed my flight from Austin to DFW,
I was so absorbed ;-)

_Rocket_Boys_ brought back __lots__ of old memories.

I was born in WV and lived there thru midterm 8th grade.

I lived in St Albans and my Grandmother lives in Mt Hope,
a small coal mining town in So WV and my uncle was the dean
of English at Concord College.

We found lots of 'fun' things to play with around the
mines ( calcuim carbide, a trash can and a quart of H2O,
for example ;-) and the RR tracks ( like when they laid
new rails and used thermite to weld them -- lots of dregs
to be reclaimed in those discarded baggies ;-)

Heck buy both their books ( Homer's and Peter's )

I gave my next younger brother, Mike a copy of Peter's
_Rockets_of_the_World_ for XMas and he was lost to us
for hours ;-)

-- kjh
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