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Rocket Gibraltar (1988)

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


Daniel Petrie


Amos Poe




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


A man's family comes for his 77th birthday and while he loves all of his children and their children, he and his children don't exactly connect. However, he connects with his grandchildren. And he tells them what he wants for his birthday and they do what they can to give it to him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One unforgettable weekend, one family met some remarkable, crazy, loving people. Each other.




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Did You Know?


Pam Grier had a role as a housekeeper who was having a relationship with Levi (Burt Lancaster) but her scenes were deleted. According to Grier's autobiography, the director "feared repercussions from the interracial love scenes". See more »


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 »


[the kids see Cy Blue running back to Levi's house]
Jessica Hanson: What's that little turd up to now?
Max Hanson: He's just weird.
Dawn Black: Blue's got this thing. He's psychotic.
Kane Rockwell: Definitley.
Dawn Black: No, I mean he's psychic. He knows stuff.
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Eccentric but entertaining
5 March 2006 | by leftyguns2See all my reviews

Rocket Gibraltar was definitely a film in a class of it's own. It is the story of an aging patriarch brilliantly played by Burt Lancaster, a formerly blacklisted poet, and widower , his children, and grandchildren who gather to pay homage to him for a birthday. The interesting thing is how eccentric they all were. What I found most interesting was the way the characters were portrayed. This is one of the few films in which almost every character is portrayed in detail. Among them is the Suzi Amis character. She is portrayed as a bit of a libertine, a part that she plays with style and flair. The grandchildren however steal the film. The way those kids were able to dominate the film was a true work of genius on the part of the director/s. The ending to the film which I will not describe is truly a grand finale. The film is quite entertaining, leaning a bit towards a black comedy.

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Release Date:

2 September 1988 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,523, 4 September 1988

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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