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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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Emily Rockwell
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

El cohete de Gibraltar  »

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$187,349 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Levi Rockwell: Nothing's as good as a midnight pee in the ocean.
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Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Foolin' Myself
Written by Jack Lawrence and Peter Tinturin
Performed by Billie Holiday
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There are Vikings on Cape Cod!
2 August 1999 | by (Papillion NE) – See all my reviews

I'm told that this was Burt Lancaster's last film. I happen to like his acting, but the script for this effort could have been better. There are the adults, who are rather shallow caricatures of real people with problems. The kids who play grandpa's grandchildren, however, make the best part of this opus. I could almost see myself in their places so many years ago. Of course, my siblings and I wouldn't have done some of the things these grandkids end up doing. The last 10 minutes of the film make up for some rather boring parts spent on the adult characters.


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