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The Rocketeer (1991)

A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero.

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(graphic novel "The Rocketeer"), (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cliff (as Bill Campbell)
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Fitch
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Wooly
Robert Miranda ...
Spanish Johnny (as Robert Guy Miranda)
John Lavachielli ...
Rusty
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Bigelow
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Malcolm
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Skeets
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Goose
Nada Despotovich ...
Irma
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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 <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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PG | See all certifications »

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21 June 1991 (USA)  »

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Rocketeer  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,600,754 (USA) (23 June 1991)

Gross:

$46,704,056 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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In a 1991 interview with Howard Stern, musician Richard Marx revealed that he turned down the title role. See more »

Goofs

After Cliff's Gee Bee R-1 racing plane is damaged, as he is attempting to land we see the engine temperature gauge indicating the engine is overheating. While the engine was shown being damaged, the R-1 was powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Jr air-cooled radial and could not be overheating as airflow at the 200 mph it was flying would keep the engine cool. The oil pressure could have dropped, but the engine would not have overheated in flight - overheating would only be caused by running the engine on the ground for an extended period of time. See more »

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[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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Featured in Bettie Page Reveals All (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

YOU'RE A SWEET LITTLE HEADACHE
Written by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin
Performed by Artie Shaw and his orchestra
Vocals by Helen Forrest
Courtesy of Bluebird / RCA / BMG record labels
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wonderful, old-fashioned movie
15 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've always surprised when people don't like this movie. It was one of my favorites at the time, and it has aged very well. It's a real "retro 30's" picture, like "The Shadow", instead of being a modern reinterpretation of such movies like the Indiana Jones films (which I also like very much).

The reviews cover the plot enough, and there are no real surprises here, but it's great family fun. My kids really love this movie, and I end up watching it every year or two, and I have never tired of it. When it came out there were apparently sequels planned, but it got killed at the box office by T2, which ran over everything that summer, so Disney never did anything with the show. They have recycled the atmosphere and the music in the "Soaring over California" ride at DCA, and I have to say it always makes me wistful that the movie never got a sequel.

By the way, the movie doesn't follow the comics that closely, which I don't mind, but if you are a purist and a fan of the "graphic novels", you might keep that in mind.


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