The movie October Sky was based on the book Rocket Boys: A Memoir.
Movie details for October Sky
The movie was released in 1999 and directed by Joe Johnston, who also directed Jurassic Park (1993), Jumanji (1995), Lost World (1997) and The Lost World (1998). October Sky was produced by Universal Studios. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.
Actors on this movie include Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott, Chad Lindberg, Natalie Canerday, Scott Miles (II), Randy Stripling, Chris Ellis, Elya Baskin, Courtney Cole-Fendley, David Dwyer, Terry Loughlin, Kailie Hollister, David Copeland (III), Don Henderson Baker, Tom Kagy, Donald Thorne and Justin Whitsett.
As directed by Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer), this wonderful movie is occasionally guilty of overstating its case and sacrificing subtlety for predictable melodrama. But more often the film's tone is just right, and the spirit of adventure and invention is infectiously conveyed through Gyllenhaal and his well-cast fellow rocketeers, whose many failures gradually lead to triumph on their makeshift backwoods launching pad. Capturing time and place with impeccable detail and superbly developed characters (including Laura Dern as an inspiring schoolteacher), October Sky is a family film for the ages, encouraging the highest potential of the human spirit while giving viewers a clear view of a bygone era when "the final frontier" beckoned to the explorer in all of us. --Jeff Shannon