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
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The fictional German airship, "Luxembourg", shown in the film, bears the designation "D-LZ130" ("D" for Deutsche or German, "LZ" for Luftschiff Zeppelin, or Zeppelin airship). It is meant to resemble the famous Hindenburg, LZ129, which was destroyed in 1937, a year before the film takes place. There was an LZ130 that was completed in 1938, but that airship never left Germany, nor carried any commercial passengers. Called "Graf Zeppelin", but historically known as the Graf Zeppelin II (named after the earlier Graf Zeppelin airship, LZ127), the LZ130 was a sister ship to the Hindenburg, nearly identical, but with revised internal passenger spaces, and redesigned engine cars with tractor instead of pusher propellers. However, the engine cars on the "Luxembourg" match those of the Hindenburg, not the LZ130. See more »
After the GeeBee is hit by the fleeing thieves, the long shot shows oil splattered on the windscreen. Then a close up shot shows the windscreen clean before it is sprayed with oil, then it switches back to the long shot with oil on the windscreen again. See more »
[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.
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...
Peevy, I have flown a plane or two in my life.
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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In 1938, in Los Angeles, the pilot Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) crashes his plane after being hit in the air in a shoot-out between gangsters and FBI agents in a car chase; completely broken, his best friend and mechanics A. 'Peevy' Peabody (Alan Arkin) tries to fix an old plane to raise some money in an exhibition show. However, Cliff finds a package hidden by one of the gangsters with a rocket with belts and they find that the device allows man to fly. Meanwhile, his beloved girlfriend and aspirant actress Jenny Blake (Jennifer Connelly) succeeds in an audition to make a small part in a movie of the great actor Neville Sinclair (Timothy Dalton) that is ranked the third in box-offices. During a flight exhibition, the mechanic Malcolm (Eddie Jones) has an accident, and Cliff uses the rocket to save him, being called Rocketeer by the public. With his picture in the front page of the newspaper, Cliff is chased by the FBI, the gangsters and German spies that abduct Jenny and forces Cliff to rescue her.
"Rocketeer" is a delightful adventure that recalls those classics from the old times of Hollywood. There is a handsome hero, a gorgeous heroine, gangsters, Nazi spies, betrayals, in a pace of cartoons with a magnificent art decoration, cars and costumes recreating Hollywood in the late 30's. The story has great lines and uses real characters, like Clark Gable and Howard Hughes, in fictional situations. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Rocketeer"
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