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The Rocketeer (1991)

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$46,704,056 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sherilyn Fenn, Kelly Preston, Diane Lane, Elizabeth McGovern and Penelope Ann Miller were considered for the role of Jenny Blake. See more »


The string is briefly visible when the jet pack hooked to the "Luck Lindy" statue takes off. 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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Referenced in Married with Children: Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 1 (1991) See more »


Written by Duke Ellington
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As enjoyable as Indiana Jones!

I liken this movie to movies such as "Indiana Jones" or "The Mummy". It's one of those action-packed, adventurous movies with just enough romance, humor, and drama to make it in my top five movies of all time list. Cool special effects and happy ending. It's safe enough for kids, satisfying for parents, and teens probably enjoy it the most. Set in the 1940's, it stays true to its setting and gives a good look back at what American culture was like then. It gives a little history lesson, too (Howard Hughes, Nazis, etc.) The acting is also wonderful- probably Billy Campbell's ("Enough") best performance, Timothy Dalton plays a great villian, and Arkin always does good. Jennifer Connelly, who recently made it big in "A Beautiful Mind", looks surprisingly different, but still quite pretty. Her performance is also grade-A.

Who wouldn't want a jet pack? EVERYONE should see this movie.

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