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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
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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)  »

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

[the kids see Cy Blue running back to Levi's house]
Jessica Hanson: What's that little turd up to now?
Max Hanson: He's just weird.
Dawn Black: Blue's got this thing. He's psychotic.
Kane Rockwell: Definitley.
Dawn Black: No, I mean he's psychic. He knows stuff.
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References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

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Shorty George
Written by Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer
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A Wonderful and Touching Film
23 September 1999 | by (Tallahassee, FL) – See all my reviews

I think that some viewers overlook a lot of what the movie is trying to tell its audience. The portrayal of the adults in the film along with that of the children and the dying grandfather is quite accurate. The film chooses to portray the adults of the film as being selfish or "shallow" because it strives to show us the connection between the very young and the very old. It is often thought that there is a wisdom found only in early childhood and lost in later life that is regained with old age. The magical connection between the grandchildren and their grandfather is something both entertaining and touching to view. The film is well done and I do agree that the children really do make the film, with the help of a great veteran actor.


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