This script is a transcript that was painstakingly transcribed using the screenplay and/or viewings of October Sky. While most of President Eisenhower's advisors-- If you have just tuned in to this special bulletin... on the fourth of October, 1957 on the fourth of October, 1957...
I know, I know, I still need to get the cast names in there and I'll be eternally tweaking it, so if you have any corrections, feel free to drop me a line.
Now we all could've been killed 'cause you didn't have the sense to look up!
When you get down in the mine, get that coal shovel in your hand... Listen for the sound which forevermore separates the old from the new.
You can hear some Jerry Lee Lewis-type upbeat piano riffs in songs for the four boys, while supportive but cancer-stricken teacher Miss Riley (a strong Johanna Mc Kenzie Miller) channels a touch of Loretta Lynn country even while singing about the poetry of Robert Frost.
But Mahler also regularly combines the sounds, or simply replaces them with his own somewhat personal style, a contemporary musical theater singer-songwriter pop.
All I know is this Sputnik had better show up soon. you sort of let your arm sort of slide on down her shoulder...
This country'd better get on the ball before it's too late. When it gets scary, and she ain't payin' attention to nothin' but the movie...
But while the story and characters are solid, the drama succeeds because of the score, and because the most important moments and scenes are set to music.
This is not musical comedy (although there are funny bits), and there is not even a choreographer listed (even though there are a few moments of movement), so its future commercial prospects hinge on its ability to reach and sustain high emotion.