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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal
Laura Dern
Chris Cooper
Directors
Joe Johnston
Screenwriters
Lewis Colick
Running Time
107 minutes

October Sky
Rites of passage and rockets with Jake Gyllenhaal.


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Plot
West Virginia schoolkids see Sputnik overhead and opt for the space race rather than a life of coalmining.


Verdict
The sense of period, the underground scenes and the rockets themselves are uniformly excellent, leading to a feelgood movie of some power.


Reviewed by Neil Jeffries

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