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Rocket Gibraltar (1988)

PG | | Drama | 2 September 1988 (USA)
An old patriarch unites for his birthday all members of his family. But the group of people is full of personal and social problems.

Director:

Daniel Petrie

Writer:

Amos Poe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Levi Rockwell
Suzy Amis ... Aggie Rockwell
Patricia Clarkson ... Rose Black
Frances Conroy ... Ruby Hanson
Sinéad Cusack ... Amanda 'Billi' Rockwell (as Sinead Cusack)
John Glover ... Rolo Rockwell
Bill Pullman ... Crow Black
Kevin Spacey ... Dwayne Hanson
John Bell John Bell ... Orson Rockwell
Nicky Bronson Nicky Bronson ... Max Hanson
Danny Corkill ... Kane Rockwell (as Dan Corkill)
Macaulay Culkin ... Cy Blue Black
Angela Goethals ... Dawn Black
Sara Goethals Sara Goethals ... Flora Rockwell
Emily Poe ... Emily Rockwell
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Storyline

On the 77th birthday of the widow patriarch Levi Rockwell, his son and daughters come to his house by the sea with their families to celebrate his birthday. The promiscuous Aggie Rockwell comes alone but soon finds male company. Rose Black comes with her husband Crow Black, who is a baseball player with problems, and their children Cy Blue and Dawn. The workaholic Rolo Rockwell comes with his wife Amanda 'Billi' Rockwell and their children Orson, Kane, Flora and Emily. His daughter Ruby Hanson comes with her husband Dwayne Hanson, who is a comedian, and their children Max and Jessica. During the night, the children are on the beach with their grandfather and they ask him what he would like to receive as a birthday gift. Levi tells that he would like to have a Viking Funeral since the worms eat buried corpses. When Blue sees an abandoned boat on the beach, he suggests his cousins to repair the boat to give to their grandfather for his funeral. Levi and his doctor hide from the family ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cohete de Gibraltar See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$187,349
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Cinematic debuts of Macaulay Culkin, Angela Goethals, and Sara Rue. See more »

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As the camera pans from the boat model on the window sill to Burt Lancaster lying in bed while Billie Holiday's "You Better Go Now" plays, we see that the record player is turning counter-clockwise - indicating that she scene is played in reverse. See more »

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Rolo Rockwell: What do you mean you've got directors block? Who do you think you are? Nic Ray?
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Loving family celebrates Grandpa's 77th with surprise gift
3 January 2008 | by byronrSee all my reviews

The film challenges credulity but has a certain charm. Macaulay Culkin steals the show and one suspects that without him the flick would fail totally.

The setting is reminiscent of Cape Cod or Pawley's Island and the child actors have a pleasant romp. The plot hinges on their ingenuity in designing and implementing their ends to complete the story.

The ladies are attractive and believable while a few of the subplots involving the men contribute to the incredulous sense.

This is a very light, not very full movie carried by Macaulay. For some reason, at some point in the film, he expresses himself through his sister. At others he is capable of providing hid own commentary. He does, however, manage to carry off the whole thing remarkably on those small shoulders.


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