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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

21 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocketeer See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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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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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

When Cliff nearly crashes into the truck when he's "landing", we also see him standing on the flatbed in the back of the truck (this is because it is the same shot as when they are making their getaway when Cliff is pushing the truck with the rocket pack). 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

Referenced in Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

BEGIN THE BEGUINE
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Melora Hardin
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As enjoyable as Indiana Jones!
27 May 2003 | by broadway309See all my reviews

I liken this movie to movies such as "Indiana Jones" or "The Mummy". It's one of those action-packed, adventurous movies with just enough romance, humor, and drama to make it in my top five movies of all time list. Cool special effects and happy ending. It's safe enough for kids, satisfying for parents, and teens probably enjoy it the most. Set in the 1940's, it stays true to its setting and gives a good look back at what American culture was like then. It gives a little history lesson, too (Howard Hughes, Nazis, etc.) The acting is also wonderful- probably Billy Campbell's ("Enough") best performance, Timothy Dalton plays a great villian, and Arkin always does good. Jennifer Connelly, who recently made it big in "A Beautiful Mind", looks surprisingly different, but still quite pretty. Her performance is also grade-A.

Who wouldn't want a jet pack? EVERYONE should see this movie.


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