A dvd review by glenn erickson (dvd savant) of the film october sky written by lewis colick from a book by homer h hickam jr produced by larry franco,. Adult/high school-lucky readers of rocket boys (delacorte, 1998), which became hollywood's hit october sky, will welcome this final volume of hickam's trilogy about his youth in coalwood, wv he recounts how he headed off to virginia tech in 1960 to become an engineer so he could go to work for wernher von braun. Set in 1957, october sky is based on homer hickam, jr's autobiography rocket boys, in which he recounts his struggles as a young man to escape the small mining town where he was born, an.
Homer hickam is making a good living off his hometown, the mining community of coalwood, wva he has written another book on the town following best seller october sky and part 2 of the trilogy, the coalwood way hickam has grown up in his latest installment, after accounts of his. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for october sky at amazoncom read honest and unbiased the memoir, october sky soars above it homer hickam. Sky of stone is a follow-up to hickam's two previous memoirs, rocket boys (which was made into the movie october sky) and the coalwood way in all three books, the author commemorates his hometown and its citizens with loving admiration. October sky is based on the true story of how young homer hickam and three classmates beat the odds and inspired a myopic community to believe that dreams are worth chasing it's stand-up-and-cheer fun.
Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for october sky at amazoncom read honest and unbiased customer reviews by homer hickam: october sky (the. The defining moment in october sky comes half way through the movie when homer is left to fend for his family after his father is severely injured in the inevitable mine cave-in homer sees his. Mel t reviewed october sky: a memoir on 2/18/2007 + 7 more book reviews helpful score: 1 this is a fascinating, very entertaining memoir by homer hickman, a nasa engineer.
From rocket boys to october sky has 385 ratings and 51 reviews a memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie october sky in 1999, many homer hickam. October sky (review) mon feb 22 1999, this is the true story of homer hickam, october sky's subject matter is near and dear to me science, science. Interesting that october sky (the name of the movie) is an anagram of rocket boys (the name of the book - the original name anyway) although i was a teenager more than a decade later than hickam was, some of the things he wrote about hit close to home.
Rocket boys the musical is theatre's new musical based on homer hickam's best-selling memoir, rocket boys, which was made into the universal motion picture october sky. Homer hickam burst onto the national scene in 1999 when his memoir rocket boys (aka october sky) reached #1 on the new york times best-selling list. The #1 new york times bestselling memoir that inspired the film october sky, rocket boys is a hickam tells read full review rocket boys: a memoir homer h.
Perhaps because october sky'' is based on a real memoir, homer hickam's rocket boys, it doesn't simplify the father into a bad guy or a tyrant he understandably wants his son to follow in his footsteps, and one of the best elements of the movie is in breaking free, he is respecting his father. Welcome, this site is to be used as a basic resource for october sky, by homer h hickam junior you will be able to find book specifications, book review, chapter summaries, some related research, and info about the author.
It was 1957, the year sputnik raced across the appalachian sky, and the small town of coalwood, west virginia, was slowly dying faced with an uncertain future homer hickam nurtured a dream: to send rockets into outer space. Now homer hickam continues his extraordinary story with sky of stone, dazzling us with exquisite storytelling as he takes us back to that remarkable small town we first came to know and love in october sky. Theater review: october sky by west coast premiere at the old globe through oct 23- is a new musical that combines these two strands of history via homer hickam (kyle selig) in coalwood. October sky is based on the memoirs of homer h hickam jr he was born a coalminer's son and was inspired by the launch of sputnik (the world's first manmade satellite), which was visible in the night skies over west virginia in october of 1957 (hence the movies' title), to escape the poverty around him by becoming a nasa rocket scientist.