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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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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)
John Lavachielli ... Rusty
... Bigelow
... Malcolm
... Skeets
... Goose
Nada Despotovich ... Irma
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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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Three years before the United States declares war, Cliff Secord leads America's first battle against the Nazis. 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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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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During filming, the scenes involving Jenny with Neville Sinclair (as background in the dueling scene and when they are dining at the South Seas Club) followed each other in the shooting schedule. If you look closely, Jennifer Connelly has a sty in her left eye that a doctor had to lance, so that the schedule would not be disrupted. See more »

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After Cliff puts on the rudder helmet so he can steer/control the rocket, he is frequently seen turning his head without changing his course or direction. 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 Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (2003) See more »

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ALL DRESSED UP AND NO PLACE TO GO
Written by Oscar Levant and Edward Heyman
Performed by Artie Shaw and his orchestra
Courtesy of Bluebird / RCA / BMG record labels
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wonderful throwback to 30's serials
5 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie is what "Spysmasher" and "The Red Skull" wanted to be, but couldn't because special effects were too lame then and their budgets were too small. It's sad how a lot of critics dumped on Bill Campbell's performance in this movie, when he does precisely what he should -- he's the square-jawed, slightly naive, optimistic hero who is repeatedly double-crossed by the wily villain (if he were less of a Boy Scout and more of a James Bond, there wouldn't be any movie). Connelly and Arkin are just great as, respectively, the beautiful and plucky girlfriend and the brilliant mechanic father-figure/sidekick. If you liked those old serials, you'll love this movie.

Maybe the movie didn't have an audience, but if you watch the trailer it wasn't marketed right -- the trailer makes it seem like an Indiana Jones movie, and it is much more innocent (and sweeter) than that. Apparently Disney was planning to make another one, but pulled the plug because this one bombed at the box office. I recall expecting something else when I went into the theater, and being very pleasantly surprised by it. I was also very surprised when the movie wasn't a hit, but I even sort of liked the old Flash Gordon serials, so...

Another thing that is disappointing me at the moment is that I can't find any entries for the Spysmasher or Red Skull serials (the latter was the first one I know of with the Commando Cody character, although I don't recall him being referred to by that appellation -- I saw it 40 years ago, and then managed the catch the last hour or so in the middle of the night about 15 years ago one sleepless night, so it's kind of a blur).


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