October Sky

Factual error: As Homer and his friends attempt to flag down the train after dislodging the old rail, the engine seen is of the 2-8-2 wheel arrangement with markings of the Norfolk and Western Railway. The Norfolk and Western never owned any 2-8-2 locomotives, preferring instead engines of the 4-8-0 arrangement.

Jay Runkle

Factual error: This movie takes place in 1957, clear from the Sputnik reference, but at the dance they play "It's All in the Game" which didn't come out until 1959.

Continuity mistake: When Homer has just been given the gold medal at the National Science Fair, and he turns around to try to spot Werner Von Braun, several of the people in the crowd jump a lot closer to him when he turns back around.

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Homer: You know, it, uh, won't fly unless somebody pushes the button. It's yours, if you want it.

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