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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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(graphic novel "The Rocketeer"), (story) | 4 more credits »
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1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cliff (as Bill Campbell)
... Jenny
... Peevy
... Neville Sinclair
... Eddie Valentine
... Howard Hughes
... Fitch
... Wooly
Robert Miranda ... Spanish Johnny (as Robert Guy Miranda)
... Rusty
... Bigelow
... Malcolm
... Skeets
... Goose
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 »


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PG | See all certifications »

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21 June 1991 (USA)  »

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Rocketeer  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,600,754, 23 June 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,704,056
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the South Seas Club, Neville Sinclair, a Nazi, greets Clark Gable. This is based on the little known fact that Gable was Adolf Hitler's favorite actor. During World War II, Hitler offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture Gable and bring him to Germany alive and unscathed. See more »

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Some obvious back projection during the zeppelin climax. 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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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Furious 7 and It Follows (2015) See more »

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IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD
Written by Duke Ellington
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wonderful, old-fashioned movie
15 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I've always surprised when people don't like this movie. It was one of my favorites at the time, and it has aged very well. It's a real "retro 30's" picture, like "The Shadow", instead of being a modern reinterpretation of such movies like the Indiana Jones films (which I also like very much).

The reviews cover the plot enough, and there are no real surprises here, but it's great family fun. My kids really love this movie, and I end up watching it every year or two, and I have never tired of it. When it came out there were apparently sequels planned, but it got killed at the box office by T2, which ran over everything that summer, so Disney never did anything with the show. They have recycled the atmosphere and the music in the "Soaring over California" ride at DCA, and I have to say it always makes me wistful that the movie never got a sequel.

By the way, the movie doesn't follow the comics that closely, which I don't mind, but if you are a purist and a fan of the "graphic novels", you might keep that in mind.


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