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Rocket Gibraltar -- In celebration of their patriarch's (Burt Lancaster) 77th birthday, a family unites for a last celebration. Also starring Macaulay Culkin.


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2 September 1988 (USA) See more »
An old patriarch unites for his birthday all members of his family. But the group of people is full of personal and social problems. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Levi Rockwell

Suzy Amis ... Aggie Rockwell

Patricia Clarkson ... Rose Black

Frances Conroy ... Ruby Hanson

Sinéad Cusack ... Amanda 'Billi' Rockwell (as Sinead Cusack)

John Glover ... Rolo Rockwell

Bill Pullman ... Crow Black

Kevin Spacey ... Dwayne Hanson
John Bell ... Orson Rockwell
Nicky Bronson ... Max Hanson
Danny Corkill ... Kane Rockwell (as Dan Corkill)

Macaulay Culkin ... Cy Blue Black

Angela Goethals ... Dawn Black
Sara Goethals ... Flora Rockwell
Emily Poe ... Emily Rockwell

Sara Rue ... Jessica Hanson
George Martin ... Dr. Bonicker
Matt Norklun ... Mo Plumm
Robert Compono ... Tony Joe Basta

James McDaniel ... Policeman

David Hyde Pierce ... Monsieur Henri

Renée Coleman ... Waitress (as Renee Coleman)

Directed by
Daniel Petrie 
Writing credits
Amos Poe (written by)

Produced by
Bob Fisher .... executive producer (as Robert Fisher)
Geoffrey Mayo .... executive producer
Michael Ulick .... executive producer
Marcus Viscidi .... co-producer
Jeffrey Weiss .... producer
Original Music by
Andrew Powell 
Cinematography by
Jost Vacano 
Film Editing by
Melody London 
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
John S. Lyons  (as John Lyons)
Production Design by
Bill Groom 
Set Decoration by
Betsy Klompus 
Costume Design by
M. Nord Haggerty  (as Nord Haggerty)
Makeup Department
Marie-Ange Ripka .... hair stylist (as Marie Ange Ripka)
Carla White .... makeup artist
Production Management
Marcus Viscidi .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Carlisle .... first assistant director
Shiho Ito .... second assistant director
Art Department
David H. Allen .... second props (as David Allen)
Andrew Baseman .... assistant set decorator
Roland Brooks .... scenic artist
Anthony Dunne .... construction coordinator (as Tony Dunne)
Ann Edgeworth .... property master
Nancy Gilmore .... set dresser
Bruce Lee Gross .... set dresser (as Bruce Gross)
Bill Lehne .... second carpenter
Jack Ranson .... key set builder
Alan Zdinak .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
G.W. Brown .... adr editor
Bill Daly .... sound mixer
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor (as Dane Davis)
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (as Carlos De Larios)
Cynthia Haagens .... adr editor
Tom Hammond .... foley editor
Darrell Hanzalik .... adr editor
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Lou Kleinman .... dialogue editor (as Louis Kleinman)
John Kwiatkowski .... sound effects editor
Mark Larry .... assistant sound editor
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... assistant sound editor (as Kimberly Voight)
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Maggi Travis .... boom operator
Randy Vandegrift .... dialogue editor
Richard Klompus .... cable person (uncredited)
Tom Nelson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects (as Steve Kirshoff)
Denis Zack .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald M. Angst .... electrician (as Don Angst)
Michael F. Barrow .... gaffer (as Michael Barrow)
John Cardoni .... electrician
Michael Fedack .... dolly grip (as Michael Fedak)
Anette Haellmigk .... first assistant camera (as Anette Victoria Haellmigk)
Bill Ley .... best boy grip
Eric Liebowitz .... still photographer
William W. Lister .... best boy electric (as Bill Lister)
Claudia Raschke .... second assistant camera
Robert D. Shulman .... key grip (as Bob Shulman)
Barbara Walz .... special unit photographer
Casting Department
Judy Claman .... extras casting
Ellen Parks .... casting associate
Karen Sonet .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John A. Dunn .... associate costume designer (as John Dunn)
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... second wardrobe (as Cheryl Kilbourne)
Deirdre N. Williams .... wardrobe (as Deirdre Williams)
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
David R. Finkelstein .... assistant editor (as David Finkelstein)
Elizabeth Gazzara .... first assistant editor
Stuart Kauffman .... apprentice editor
Janice Keuhnelian .... assistant editor
Jay Rabinowitz .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jamie Forester .... music editor (as Jamie E. Gelb)
Fraser Kennedy .... music supervisor
Tom Kramer .... music editor
Transportation Department
Tom O'Donnell Jr. .... transportation captain (as Tom O'Donnelly Jr.)
Louis Volpe .... transportation co-captain (as Lou Volpe)
Other crew
Lawrence Amanuel .... production assistant (as Larry Amanuel)
Stacy Auerhan .... travel
Tamara Bally .... production auditor
Olivia Bruce .... production office coordinator
Diana Burton .... assistant: Mr. Lancaster
Sarah Charlesworth .... production logo designer
Jill S. Cohen .... location manager
Dan Collins .... production assistant
Barbara Conte .... production assistant
Billy Crawford .... production assistant (as Billy A. Crawford)
Paul Cremo .... production assistant
Valerie Davis .... assistant to executive producer
Caren Deitch .... assistant to executive producer
James Ellis .... script supervisor
Lisa Grace Erndt .... production assistant (as Lisa Erndt)
Caren Franklin .... executive assistant
Dolly Hall .... assistant to producer
Tina Klein .... promotions coordinator
Richard Klompus .... production assistant (as Rich Klompus)
Paul Kramer .... production assistant
Daniel Lupi .... unit coordinator
Raymond López .... production assistant
Thomas Muse .... production assistant (as Tom Muse)
Sean Noonan .... assistant: Mr. Lancaster
Denise Pinckley .... supervising office coordinator
Diana Pokorny .... location manager
Neil Robinson .... dialogue coach: Mr. Lancaster
Susan Sloan .... nurse
Max Snow .... post-production auditor
Susan Stadler .... teacher
Daniel Sykes .... production assistant
Jimmy Vestal .... assistant unit coordinator
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Gerry Ferrara .... projectionist (uncredited)
Ken Halsband .... production assistant (uncredited)
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
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Author: NyPaVa from United States

So I have been an avid IMDb fan since, let's say, 1998, when I was in middle school. I wasn't the first to view the site and based on the date, not here from the beginning. I have roughly 2,000 star-click reviews on netflix but never joined here... and never really felt a need to join.

I joined tonight after almost 13 years of viewing this site because of the reviews I saw here and what I think is missing from those reviews.

I am not a movie snob, and respect Independent films to foreign films to old films to actually admitting to liking Norbit, Like Mike, and Blue Crush. No one's opinion means anything against your own judgment, but I hope my opinion makes you want to see this film.

Often we see movies where directors cast multiple children. Many times, people underestimate that a director has the desire to use this as a way to direct children on a higher level than say a "Spy Kids" or "Sky High." They want to create a movie for all levels, to understand at any stage in life.

First, this movie takes place in Sagaponack, NY. if you read the news, this zip code has become the wealthiest zip code in the country and is smack in the middle of the Hamptons. You never really hear of it as a Hampton town because there are no stores, only one post office attached to one Deli. This movie is one of the few media examples that documents what the Hampton's once were: a playground for artists and free spirits that had 'made it' and wanted a retreat. In the 22 years since this film was released, we see not only a change in our culture, but a change in how we spend and show the money we have. Today, the Hamptons is a playground for the wealthy. While artists are still there, it is not to the level it was when real estate wasn't 'the wealthiest zip code in the country.' In the landscape of this film, you can see how much we've changed.

Furthermore, people claim that the adult characters are stereotypes and really characters that don't come alive like some great films can manage to do. I disagree. I think that the film shows characters that can be understood on all levels, whether the person watching is the age of the children or the age of the adults. They are simple enough for children to understand what their purpose and identity is, and complex enough (sexually, maturely, etc.) for adults to see the things that kids will only understand over time. The best example I cam possibly think of is by the same director, Cocoon

I used to watch this as a child with my whole family. The first time I saw it was 1995, our first year living in Sagaponack. As you can now tell, I have a strong bias for this film but I hope my review proves my opinion is beyond bias. Rocket Gibraltar represents so much to me. Viewing it as a child, i loved the innocence of the children's quest to provide the Grandfather's seemingly simple last wish. As I got older, I understood how the reality of the adult real-world sometimes forbids us from listening clearly to our own family's desires- and even forbids us to listening to the innocence and straight-forwardness of a child. As a kid, I also loved Kevin Spacey's character as being 'out there' and sarcastic, Suzy Amis' character for being sexual in a way I knew was taboo but not why, Bill Pullman's character because I knew as a young male what being a sports wash-up would be like, and of course Burt's character for being that Grandfather that was soooo bad a$$ that none of his own kids could ever empathize with the life that he had lived.

I am not getting into depth with the children's performances because I will let you find the own child within you to realize how they each play their own part, and each represent not only a small part of you but on an exaggerated level, each can be linked to one of your own friends growing up.

As I got older, I realized things each and every time I watched the film, but I never forget how the movie represented a different mentality and state of being with each level of maturity I was a viewer.

The story itself, is very strong. Conflict is present. It is not in a truly original way, in which each and every character we've seen time and time again. But, while they all are recycled players, they are placed within a landscape of a story that is truly original and bold in what it was able to pull off. I really believe this movie is trapped in time. It couldn't be made now, for so many reasons.

Regardless of my ramblings, just go check this one out for yourself. Try to be the kid I was, the pubescent young man, the high-schooler, the college kid, and the man I was when I watched this film. If you do that, you really will see that it deserves much higher than a 6.4.

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