October Sky is such a breath of fresh air. (This is ironic, because that’s something its characters rarely experience, living and working in a coal town in Baby Boom America.)
I think movies try to be too much sometimes. Their plots are grand, their messages are profound, and their lores run deep. October Sky doesn’t do this. It’s the story of a high schooler getting a science fair scholarship so he can escape a back-breaking and thankless life as a coal miner.
It’s relatable, realistic, and grounded. And the production crew does their homework, so that we’re delivered an experience caked in nostalgia, with correct science and math, and completely believable.
It could easily be overlooked, but it shouldn’t. It’s an inspirational classic.