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The Rocketeer (1991)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Family  |  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)
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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 <>

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An Ordinary Man Forced to Become An Extraordinary Hero. 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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Joe Johnston's work on this film, is what lead to his hiring as director of Captain America: The First Avenger. See more »


When Sinclair ignites the rocket pack to escape the zeppelin, the rocket exhausts are aimed vertically yet Sinclair travels horizontally. Such flight is not physically possible. 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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From Queen Of The Night's aria by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Laserlight Digital
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31 December 2000 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

I love this film. Absolutely love it. Can't help it. I'm a child of the 40s and this movie is about when I was a kid. The sets are great, the story is 40s, the cars, the cafe with the bizarre little gingerbread giving an impression of a gnome's hangout, the costumes, the hero with his wiffle hair style, the airplanes and even Howard Hughes. What more could you want? No, this isn't The Matrix with a lot of slick computer effects with mind twisting is it or isn't it real. It's clear who the bad guys are-- and they're bad, except when, of course, the mob types are swept away by patriotic feelings and fight the Nazis. It's got it all. A wonderful trip back into the 40s with near superhuman villans, beyond the pale heros and lovable sidekicks.

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