Set in the late 1950's, our hero is a teenager fascinated by the launch of Sputnik. He resolves to build his own rocket, and the film chronicles his struggles to achieve this. He has to battle with rejection by family and friends, as well as his own ignorance of the topic. Based on a true story, your opinion is likely to vary with your political and philosophical outlook, which explains the wide discrepancy in critical opinion.
108 minutes, Parental Guidance
Drama, Family movie
Where's it showing?
Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, Chad Lindburg, Laura Dern
|Screenplay||Lewis Colick, from the book by Homer H. Hickam Jr.|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS|
|Produced by||Universal Pictures|
|South African Media|
|Cape ArgusAndrian Monteath||10|
|Cape ArgusPeter Frost||10|
|Cape Times Stephan Hofstätter||5|
|The StarJanine Walker||14|
|Die BurgerHerman Wasserman||5|
|Sunday TimesBarry Ronge||15|
|TV3 ScreenplayBarry Ronge||16|
|SAFM Saturday WiredAlan Swerdlow||16|
|eye Weekly (Canada)Tom Lyons||5|
|Box Office (USA)Annlee Ellingson||13|
|Rough Cuth (USA)Christopher Brandon||19|
|Total Film (UK)Dan Jolin||10|
|Film Review (UK)James Cameron-Wilson||10|
|Average .. 60%||12|
|Dana Diemert ||20|
|Average .. 100%||20|
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