What can I say, I love October Sky. I just finished watching this again, this time with my parents, and I was reminded again if why I love this beloved, yet underrated, gem of a film. So, I decided to devote a thread to it. The message of the movie, about reaching for the stars amidst setback and hardships, is really uplifting and inspiring. The actors, particularly Jake Gyllenhaal as wide-eyed dreamer Homer Hickam, Chris Cooper as his stubborn, estranged coal-miner father, and Laura Dern as Homer's supportive teacher Miss Riley, do an excellent and believable job in their respective roles. The script, adapted from Rocket Boys*, Homer Hickam's biography on his journey from a coal-miner's son to builder of rockets, is very tightly written and doesn't waste a single minute or miss a story or character beat. *(Fun Fact: The title of the movie is an anagram of the title of the book.) And the cinematography in this film is so impeccably framed, you could take a single frame and adorn it in your home. It doesn't rely on fancy visual effects, action sequences or eye candy. It's just a well written, good, old-fashioned, simple down-to-Earth story about a boy accomplishing his dreams while reconciling with his father. And the fact that it's based on a real story makes me love it even more. Also, did I tell you how much I love the soundtrack for this film? Brings tears to my eyes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tyr8jpX2S74 [YT]Tyr8jpX2S74[/YT] It's movies like this that remind me what excellent cinema is really all about. Great story, great characters, great message and great soundtrack. In my humble opinion, this is pretty much a perfect film, and I happily place it in my top ten list of greatest movies of all time. So, what are your thoughts?