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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.

Director:

Joe Johnston

Writers:

Dave Stevens (graphic novel "The Rocketeer"), Danny Bilson (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Campbell ... Cliff (as Bill Campbell)
Jennifer Connelly ... Jenny
Alan Arkin ... Peevy
Timothy Dalton ... Neville Sinclair
Paul Sorvino ... Eddie Valentine
Terry O'Quinn ... Howard Hughes
Ed Lauter ... Fitch
James Handy ... Wooly
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Spanish Johnny (as Robert Guy Miranda)
John Lavachielli ... Rusty
Jon Polito ... Bigelow
Eddie Jones ... Malcolm
William Sanderson ... Skeets
Don Pugsley ... Goose
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Irma
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Storyline

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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An Ordinary Man Forced to Become An Extraordinary Hero. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

21 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rocketeer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,600,754, 23 June 1991

Gross USA:

$46,704,056

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,704,056
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Johnston's work on this film, is what lead to his hiring as director of Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). See more »

Goofs

The word "commando" was not widely used until 1940 after the need for quickly deployed raiding forces arose after the fall of France. However, the word came from the Boer War, where it described Afrikaaner long range penetration units fighting the British, so its use in 1938 is conceivable. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

VILIA
Written by Franz Lehár and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Bluebird / RCA / BMG record labels
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31 December 2000 | by artzauSee all my reviews

I love this film. Absolutely love it. Can't help it. I'm a child of the 40s and this movie is about when I was a kid. The sets are great, the story is 40s, the cars, the cafe with the bizarre little gingerbread giving an impression of a gnome's hangout, the costumes, the hero with his wiffle hair style, the airplanes and even Howard Hughes. What more could you want? No, this isn't The Matrix with a lot of slick computer effects with mind twisting is it or isn't it real. It's clear who the bad guys are-- and they're bad, except when, of course, the mob types are swept away by patriotic feelings and fight the Nazis. It's got it all. A wonderful trip back into the 40s with near superhuman villans, beyond the pale heros and lovable sidekicks.


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