Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1999. Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Lewis Colick, based on the book by Homer H. Hickam Jr.. Cinematography by Fred Murphy. Produced by Larry J. Franco, Charles Gordon. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Barry Robison. Costume Design by Betsy Cox. Film Editing by Robert Dalva.
Jake Gyllenhaal‘s impressive starring debut was in this excellent family drama. It’s the true story of Homer Hickam (you know a writer wouldn’t make up that name), a boy from a West Virginia coal mining town who, along with his three best friends, dreams of being a rocket scientist after witnessing the Sputnik flight. His father (Chris Cooper) thinks his son is a useless dreamer, but Homer is relentless in pursuit of his goal. This film never turns a corner without providing something entertaining or inspiring to watch, and is wonderful viewing material for the younger set. Laura Dern shines as the boys’ sympathetic high school teacher who wants so badly for her bright students to succeed in life and not die of lung disease before their time.