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Rocket Gibraltar (1988)

PG | | Drama | 2 September 1988 (USA)
An old patriarch unites for his birthday all members of his family. But the group of people is full of personal and social problems.

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Cast

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Levi Rockwell
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Aggie Rockwell
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Rose Black
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Ruby Hanson
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Amanda 'Billi' Rockwell (as Sinead Cusack)
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Rolo Rockwell
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Crow Black
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Dwayne Hanson
John Bell ...
Orson Rockwell
Nicky Bronson ...
Max Hanson
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Kane Rockwell (as Dan Corkill)
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Dawn Black
Sara Goethals ...
Flora Rockwell
Emily Poe ...
Emily Rockwell
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On the 77th birthday of the widow patriarch Levi Rockwell, his son and daughters come to his house by the sea with their families to celebrate his birthday. The promiscuous Aggie Rockwell comes alone but soon finds male company. Rose Black comes with her husband Crow Black, who is a baseball player with problems, and their children Cy Blue and Dawn. The workaholic Rolo Rockwell comes with his wife Amanda 'Billi' Rockwell and their children Orson, Kane, Flora and Emily. His daughter Ruby Hanson comes with her husband Dwayne Hanson, who is a comedian, and their children Max and Jessica. During the night, the children are on the beach with their grandfather and they ask him what he would like to receive as a birthday gift. Levi tells that he would like to have a Viking Funeral since the worms eat buried corpses. When Blue sees an abandoned boat on the beach, he suggests his cousins to repair the boat to give to their grandfather for his funeral. Levi and his doctor hide from the family ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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2 September 1988 (USA)  »

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El cohete de Gibraltar  »

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$187,349 (USA)
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Canadian french title: Le patriarche See more »

Goofs

As the camera pans from the boat model on the window sill to Burt Lancaster lying in bed while Billie Holiday's "You Better Go Now" plays, we see that the record player is turning counter-clockwise - indicating that she scene is played in reverse. See more »

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Rolo Rockwell: What do you mean you've got directors block? Who do you think you are? Nic Ray?
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References Sunset Boulevard (1950) See more »

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So Tired Of Being Alone
Written and Performed by Al Green
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Instructional film ..........
17 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Rocket Gibraltar" might be a good instructional film for children to learn about dying, but as family entertainment it is marginal at best. Burt Lancaster spends much of his screen time looking like he is dead or actually being deceased. The supporting cast of his children mostly wastes some pretty good actors and actresses with the rather bland script. Bill Pullman is a struggling baseball pitcher, Kevin Spacey a struggling comic etc. etc. The grandchildren are a mixed bag and more or less cavort about on their bikes most of the time. Basically, until the Viking funeral this is pretty bland viewing. .....................

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