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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)
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Spanish Johnny (as Robert Guy Miranda)
John Lavachielli ...
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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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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?


The original inventor of the rocket pack was thirties pulp novel hero Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, in the original graphic comic book by Dave Stevens. However, because licensing considerations, Disney did not seek permission from Conde Nast, the copyright holder of Doc Savage, and opted to substitute Doc Savage with the flamboyant billionaire Howard Hughes. See more »


When the GeeBee crashes, you can see the cable which pulls it along. The cable pulling the car into the gas truck can be seen as well. 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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Spoofed in The Cockateer 2 (1992) See more »


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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Into the Wild Blue Yonder
13 April 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This movie has the tendency to fly off the screen at you, especially if you saw it on the big screen like I did. I was 9 years old when the Rocketeer came out, and after seeing it I couldn't help but day dream about flying, and winning over the girl. Of course I tended to have the same day dreams after watching Superman the movie. But this film is a little different. It seemed more believable to me, as a kid, in that it incorporated some semi historical facts with the story line. I believe it to be one of Disney's finnest films, perhaps a modern epic. It's one of those films you've got to watch at least once a year. However I do have a question concerning it, "How did the Rocketeer manage with all those flames blasting at his ass?"

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