What obstacles did the boys in october sky have to face to. Good will hunting my boys wicked smart hd matt damon, ben affleck miramax duration. Hickman, a man who i never knew existed prior to this films release. She inspires the rocket boys to compete in the national science fair. With jake gyllenhaal, chris cooper, laura dern, chris owen. Filled with awe and a belief that this may be his chance out of coalwood, homer sets. He was an inventor, entrepreneur and an original rocket boy.
This was discovered by director joe johnston using an anagram program on his computer. While the movie was being filmed, the working title of the movie. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. This was the movie version of the book rocket boys, written by homer hickam. The rocket boys first look upon their rocketbuilding as interesting and fun but then. The movie started out with the name rocket boys or the. The 20th annual rocket boysoctober sky festival, set for sept. Chs rocketry students honor one of the october sky. She played the rocket boys science teacher and their biggest supporter, continuing to cheer them. If you like memoirs, books about the space race or the 50s i predict you will love rocket boys and from rocket boys to. Based on hickams folksy, bestselling memoir, rocket boys, joe johnstons second and better rocket film after the rocketeer contrasts homers high hopes with his allbutcertain destiny. During the course of the book, homer, inspired by read full character analysis homer hickam sr. Homer is hurt by this information, and he asks elsie why his father doesnt like him. Miss riley is a chemistry and physics teacher at big creek high school.
I, too, grew up in a rural area on a dirt road in the woods of nh. Based on the autobiography of homer hickam, october sky begins with the residents of coalfield, a mining town in west virginia, filled with awe like the rest of the world when the soviet union launches the first satellite, sputnik, in 1957. Rocket boys the musical homer hickam october sky theatre. Although i was a teenager more than a decade later than hickam was, some of the things he wrote about hit close to home. The only modern aspect to this movie seems to be the amount and kind of foul language. A memoir, the popular 1998 book made into the 1999 film october sky. A lesson plan for movie, october sky, should begin with an introduction into the history behind the movie. Homer hickam, the man whose life became the basis of the film october sky, takes us through some of his inspiring accomplishments. Fifteen years since the debut of october sky, based on homer hickams rocket boys. They form a rocketbuilding group called the big creek missile agency bcma.
In october sky, what happened to each of the rocket boys. Chapterbychapter october sky summary rocket boys by. The movie october sky and the memoir rocket boys written by homer sonny hickam one of the boys featured them and their achievements. The red clay readers summer reading series continues this week with an interview with homer hickam, author of rocket boys. How the classic memoir rocket boys was written and the hit movie october sky was made hickam, homer on. When he was in high school, he and five other boys built rockets in the midfifties, winning the national science fair. Homer, the youngest son, is very impressed, having always had a great passion for the sky and the stars.
October sky soundtrack from 1999, composed by various artists, mark isham. As many of you know, most of the movie october sky was filmed in oliver springs and nearby communities. The true story of homer hickam, a coal miners son who was inspired by the first sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his fathers wishes. Rocket boysoctober sky by homer hickam if you are a 14yearold boy living in a west virginia mining town in the 1950s, your horizon is defined by the age worn appalachian peaks enclosing your valley. Theres a nice walkingdriving tour map under october sky in the menu on the left. October sky the title on the mass market movie tiein version of the bestselling the rocket boys is the first memoir in a series of four, by homer hickam jr. Based on the autobiography of homer hickam, october sky begins with the residents of coalfield, a mining town in west virginia, filled with awe like the rest of the world when. Rocket boys october sky as seen through the eyes of the movie extras by barbara hilemon. With the help of three friends, homer manages to build a rocket and launch it. Quentin wilson was one of the original rocket boys depicted in the movie october sky.
Like the hero of october sky, i remember the shock that ran through america when the russians launched sputnik on oct. A team of editors takes feedback from our visitors to keep trivia as up to date and as accurate as possible. A memoir, the film still resonates with its message of. Elsie asks homer if he thinks he can build a real rocket. Weatherford award in 1998, the year of its release. Which two rocket boys were not portrayed in the movie. Sonnys idea of building rockets starts as simply a dream, but then he brings in the other boys and even approaches quentin, the school outcast. Homer hickam talks about building rockets and the october sky festival 3. Quentin wilson is the most intelligent member of the rocket boys and the person who does figures out most of the math in the group. How much would it cost to build one of the boys rockets today. October sky is an anagram of rocket boys, the title of the 1998 novel upon which the film is based. Released by sony classical in 1999 sk 61696 containing music from october sky 1999. The title of the paperback released at the same time was changed to the movie title, which is an anagram of rocket boys take the letters of rocket boys and move them around to.
The movie is taken from an autobiographical novel by homer h. Rocket boys have you ever read a book and later watched the movie version only to find out that they are completely different. Auk zincoshine rocket coalwood 1960 homer hickam rocket boys october sky by terry hickam. High school history lesson plan for movie and book. Rocket boys author homer hickam on writing memoirs. Rocket boys festival in beckley, west virginia, and the. Rocket boys characters from litcharts the creators of. If you like memoirs, books about the space race or the 50s i predict you will love rocket boys and from rocket boys to october sky. Rocket boys october sky by homer hickam if you are a 14yearold boy living in a west virginia mining town in the 1950s, your horizon is defined by the age worn appalachian peaks enclosing your valley. A memoir was published by delacorte press in september 1998 and the movie based on it, october sky premiered nationwide on his birthday february 19, 1999. How the classic memoir rocket boys was written and the hit movie october sky was made homer hickam on amazon. Movies lp this category is for questions and answers related to october sky, as asked by users of. The book has been republished under the same name as the film.
Homer and his fellow rocket boys begin designing and launching their own. I dont honestly know why, but here are the similarities and differences between the book october sky name changed from rocket boys and october sky, the movie. Laura dern had an emotional turn in october sky as miss riley. Filled with awe and a belief that this may be his chance out of coalwood, homer sets out to build rockets of his own and enter the science fair. Amazingly, all four of the rocket boys went on to attend university, something incredibly rare for people of coalwood at the time. Its seen through the eyes of their leader, young homer hickham jake gyllenhaal, who sees the speck of light in the sky and starts reading the science fiction of. When universal made the movie, however, they changed quite a bit. Originally titled the rocket boys when hickam wrote it in 1998, the book can also be found under the title october sky which was released in conjunction with the movie tiein in 1999.
Unlike homer hickam, the hero of october sky, i didnt go on to become a nasa. She played the rocket boys science teacher and their biggest supporter, continuing to cheer them on as she eventually battled. Homer hickam stated that universal studios marketing people got involved and they just had to change the title because, according to their research. In the book october sky, the boys had many obstacles to overcome.
Rocket boysoctober sky is an excellent way to think about and discuss the many steps it takes to achieve a goal. The young narrator and protagonist of rocket boys, homer hickam, jr. It is a story of growing up in a mining town, and a boys pursuit of amateur rocketry in a coal mining town. Originally published as rocket boys, october sky, by homer hickam illustrates his own high school years and beginning interest in rocketry. The group of friends in homer hickams memoir october sky are a combination of longtime buddies and new acquaintances. October sky festival oliver springs, tennessee ithe town of oliver springs, tennessee, usually has its own october sky festival each october. When they found the lost rocket, what had displaced it. Sep 02, 2019 the 20th annual rocket boysoctober sky festival, set for sept. From rocket boys to october sky connected the two for me. The boys lived in a town dominated by the coal mining industry, a career that loomed over them like a dark shadow.
How the classic memoir rocket boys was written and the hit movie october sky was made. Barbara hilemons book contains almost 300 color photographs taken during the filming of the movie october sky. Interesting that october sky the name of the movie is an anagram of rocket boys the name of the book the original name anyway. Rocket boys the musical is theatres new musical based on homer hickams bestselling memoir, rocket boys, which was made into the universal motion picture october sky. The purpose of the event is to launch the ashes of quentin wilson in a memorial service and celebration of life as requested by his wife. What caused the fire in the woods that the boys were arrested for. Incidental to that are such questions as what is jake. The chs rocketry students were tasked with refurbishing the rocket to make it flight ready for the memorial launch. October sky is a charming tale and the boys success is inspiring. Thanks to their teacher miss riley laura dern, homer hickam jake gyllenhaal and his high school friends peer up into the clear sky over their tiny west virginia coal mining town to see its tiny spark drift across the stars. It starts when sputnik, the russian satellite is launched and the freshmen homer, known as sonny, finds that he wants to build something like it. The japanese title of the movie, directly translated, is towards the distant sky. As you know, homer hickams book rocket boys was made into a major motion picture.
Interestingly, october sky is an anagram of rocket boys, the same letters just moved around. Same basic story, yes, but you will enjoy the differences in the charactersparticularly. Jimmy odell carroll is small and excitable, the most emotional member of the group. From escaping the mines of coalwood, west virginia by learning rocketry to becoming a nasa engineer, he speaks about a career which eventually added the title of bestselling author to the mix. It is also used in a period radio broadcast describing sputnik 1 as it crossed the october sky. She gives sonny a book called principles of guided missile design that is extremely useful to the rocket boys in the future. In october, news of the soviet unions rocket launch of sputnik 1 reaches coalwood. A memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie october sky in 1999, many homer hickam readers and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the book, and how the movie was made. Why the book rocket boys is better than the movie october sky. October sky is an anagram of rocket boys, the title of the 1998 memoir upon which the film is based. What obstacles did the boys in october sky have to face.
A memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie october sky in 1999, homer hickam readers and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the book, and how the movie was made be with hickam as he struggles with the complexities of how a major. October sky is a 1999 film directed by joe johnston, starring jake gyllenhaal, laura dern, and chris cooper. October sky is a simple, but heartfelt tale about homer h. I was especially surprised to discover that the book and movie came out somewhat simultaneously, and how this all happened. For those who have seen the movie october sky, please read this book. This article will give you a chapter by chapter october sky summary. I dont honestly know why, but here are the similarities and differences between the book october sky name changed from rocket boys and. Set in 1957, the film follows young homer gyllenhaal in the mining town of coalwood, west virgina, where almost every man works in the mine. A memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie october sky in 1999, homer hickam readers and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the book, and how the movie was made. Homer, confused, admits that he thinks he can, with the right research. The subheading however, is rocket boys, which the author wanted to be the. In october of that year the soviet satellite sputnik crosses the sky, causing great discussions around the country. It tells a story of coalwood, a coal mining town in west virginia in the 1950s. If you rearrange all the letters in the title it can also spell rocket boys which is the title for the book the movie was based off of.
October sky is set in 1957, when the soviet union launched sputnik, the first manmade orbiting satellite. As the townspeople gather outside the night of the broadcast, they see the satellite orbit across the sky. Ithe town of oliver springs, tennessee, usually has its own october sky festival each october. The difference between aiming sky high or descending into the mine is heavily emphasized, in both visual and dramatic terms. October sky tells the story of four boys in a povertystricken corner of appalachia who are determined to build their own rocket, and help get america back in the space race.104 912 678 1081 417 221 1269 394 431 1480 1496 7 511 209 586 911 1011 1184 857 404 1131 706 459 412 600 1439 1153 1111 672 1191 349 842 926 1153 804 508 408 1463 809 1481 357 724 1083 1123 288