October Sky 22 years old

Sometimes one dream is enough to light up the whole sky.

October Sky

Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.


Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal

Homer Hickam

Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper

John Hickam

Chris Owen
Chris Owen


Natalie Canerday
Natalie Canerday

Elsie Hickam

Elya Baskin
Elya Baskin

Ike Bykovsky

Laura Dern
Laura Dern

Miss Riley

All Cast

Name Character
Jake Gyllenhaal He was 18, now 40 years old as Homer Hickam
Elya Baskin He was 48, now 70 years old as Ike Bykovsky
Chris Cooper He was 47, now 70 years old as John Hickam
Laura Dern She was 32, now 54 years old as Miss Riley
Chris Ellis He was 42, 62 years old when he died as Principal Turner
Chad Lindberg He was 22, now 44 years old as O'Dell
William Lee Scott He was 25, now 48 years old as Roy Lee
David Dwyer He was 34, now 57 years old as Jake Mosby
Chris Owen He was 18, now 40 years old as Quentin
Natalie Canerday She was 36, now 59 years old as Elsie Hickam
Scott Miles He was 22, now 45 years old as Jim Hickam
Randy Stripling as Leon Bolden
Courtney Cole-Fendley as Dorothy Platt
Terry Loughlin He was 55, 73 years old when he died as Mr. Dantzler
Kaili Hollister She was 21, now 44 years old as Valentine Carmina


Name Department
Nancy Foy as Casting. Production
Betsy Cox as Costume Design. Costume & Make-Up
Fred Murphy as Director of Photography. He was 56 (now 78) years old Camera
Barry Robison as Production Design. Art
Chris L. Spellman as Set Decoration. Art
Lewis Colick as Screenplay. He was 48 (now 70) years old Writing
Marc Sternberg as Executive Producer. Production
Larry J. Franco as Producer. He was 49 (now 72) years old Production
Mark Isham as Original Music Composer. He was 47 (now 69) years old Sound
Joe Johnston as Director. He was 48 (now 71) years old Directing
Robert Dalva as Editor. He was 56 (now 79) years old Editing
Homer H. Hickam, Jr. as Book. He was 56 (now 78) years old Writing
October Sky poster
October Sky (22 years)

Sometimes one dream is enough to light up the whole sky.

  • Release day: Friday, February 19, 1999
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Budget: 25000000.00
  • Revenue: 34698685.00