“How come you never have work when Jim (his brother) plays football?” Asks the young rocket-scientist. Basil Thorpe of the Bloomfield Telegraph wants to do a story about the boys who use brains not brawn to get ahead in life. “Your father was one of the best men I ever had working for me. I was lucky to know him.” Homer whose dad rescued one of the boy scientists from an abusive father who pushes him into a corner and kicks and beats him until his face bloodied and his countenance empty. One steel-toed excursion into an uncaring, godless and intentional living Hell. They don’t just stand there and stare, but like a good family would for any victim of abuse, they put him in the car for safety, that and tell the stepdad off. After the good, a coal-miner has a serious accident combined with an accidental forest fire caused by one of the experimental rockets. The boy considers giving up and to just resolve working in a coal mine the rest of his life too. You always wanted diamonds, but these are the best I can do. John gave her coal crystals while on vacation at Myrtle Beach. Thinking she’d want more, she told her husband that having him had been enough. Miss Reilly, his teacher has remission based Hodgkins Disease. But wants the boys not to end up having to work the coal mines, but to be able to go to college and make or invent or do something about their science. They go out one day and just as the Wright Brothers once flew their airplane the boys map the missing rocket at 126 ft. and somewhere around 6000 ft. and prodigious locate the rocket face down in the middle of the creek. According to the equation, that present velocity also meant that somebody else, an enemy who once fought against good and tried to make their evil look good has finally been leveled. The teacher tells him to go to university and study science. “I want to go into space,” young Homer tells dad. “The coal mines is your life, not mine.” The boys win the state science fair. But soon another problem comes up. Only one of the boys, at the same time the coal miners go on strike can go to the next level of intellectual championship in Indianapolis. A striker throws something through a window to try to harm Homer’s dad. “The town is dying, the mine is dying. Everybody knows it but you dad. I’ll be gone forever, I won’t even look back.” The breakaway age, while often brutal on a parent, at least the film reflects at the same time a lot of old-fashioned family values.
Three boys don’t look old enough to drive, and two push that now out of gas auto down the road. A coming of age film based on a true story, the plot twist looks a lot like the first 1950’s manufacture of Sputnik. The boy 17, who lives in a small U.S.A. mining town in an era when youth practiced respect of their elders and no quarter about that, has a dream. That he wants to make another try at the invention of an internal combustion rocket after watching the recent space explosion of engine of same on television. “You know the boys are thinking about entering that county science fair.” Teacher both defends and right levels the boys and the boy, as the primary inventor mastered science, but no math.