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The Rocketeer (1991)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  21 June 1991 (USA)
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A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff (as Bill Campbell)
Robert Miranda ...
Spanish Johnny (as Robert Guy Miranda)
John Lavachielli ...
Nada Despotovich ...


Straight from the pages of a pulp comic from a past era, the Rocketeer recreates 1930's Hollywood, complete with gangsters, Nazi spies, and the growth of the Age of Aviation. Young pilot Cliff Secord stumbles on a top secret rocket-pack and with the help of his mechanic/mentor, Peevy, he attempts to save his girl and stop the Nazis as The Rocketeer. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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Three years before the United States declares war, Cliff Secord leads America's first battle against the Nazis. See more »


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Release Date:

21 June 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocketeer  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)


$46,704,056 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the fight scene on board the zeppelin Cliff says to Neville, "Where's your stuntman now Sinclair?" which Neville replies "I do my own stunts." This line is in reference to Timothy Daltons time as James Bond, since he is known for being the only Bond actor to perform most of his own stunts in "The Living Daylights" and "Licence to Kill". See more »


When Peevy uses the gum to seal the leak in the jet pack, the gum would have been hard and not malleable and dry. It could not have been re-stuck to the jet pack without being softened in some way. See more »


[first lines]
Peevy: [as they bring the Gee Bee out for its maiden flight] Keep her straight, keep her level. It's your first time up, so don't do anything interesting.
Cliff Secord: Who, me?
Peevy: And remember, she stalls out at about a hundred. So keep the air speed up. Otherwise, you're gonna be drifting around all over the sky. And if the ailerons start to shimmy...
Cliff Secord: Peevy, I have flown a plane or two in my life.
Peevy: Not like this one, you haven't. This one's... This one's a handful. You sneeze in this thing and you're ...
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References Superman (1978) See more »


Written by Oscar Levant and Edward Heyman
Performed by Artie Shaw and his orchestra
Courtesy of Bluebird / RCA / BMG record labels
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A Delightful Adventure Like in the Old Times
26 April 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1938, in Los Angeles, the pilot Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) crashes his plane after being hit in the air in a shoot-out between gangsters and FBI agents in a car chase; completely broken, his best friend and mechanics A. 'Peevy' Peabody (Alan Arkin) tries to fix an old plane to raise some money in an exhibition show. However, Cliff finds a package hidden by one of the gangsters with a rocket with belts and they find that the device allows man to fly. Meanwhile, his beloved girlfriend and aspirant actress Jenny Blake (Jennifer Connelly) succeeds in an audition to make a small part in a movie of the great actor Neville Sinclair (Timothy Dalton) that is ranked the third in box-offices. During a flight exhibition, the mechanic Malcolm (Eddie Jones) has an accident, and Cliff uses the rocket to save him, being called Rocketeer by the public. With his picture in the front page of the newspaper, Cliff is chased by the FBI, the gangsters and German spies that abduct Jenny and forces Cliff to rescue her.

"Rocketeer" is a delightful adventure that recalls those classics from the old times of Hollywood. There is a handsome hero, a gorgeous heroine, gangsters, Nazi spies, betrayals, in a pace of cartoons with a magnificent art decoration, cars and costumes recreating Hollywood in the late 30's. The story has great lines and uses real characters, like Clark Gable and Howard Hughes, in fictional situations. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Rocketeer"

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