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The Rocket Post (2004)

A German rocket scientist arrives on a small Scotish island in the mid 1930s. He's there to run tests on a new type of rocket that is to be used for mail delivery between the island and the... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Thomsen ... Gerhard Zucher
Shauna Macdonald ... Catriona Mackay
Gary Lewis ... Jimmy Roach
Kevin McKidd ... Thomas McKinnon
Patrick Malahide ... Charles Ilford
Eddie Marsan ... Heinz Dombrowsky
Clive Russell ... Angus MacKay
Jimmy Yuill ... James MacLeod
Ian McNeice ... Alex Miln
John Wood ... Sir Wilson Ramsay
Niall Maclennan Niall Maclennan ... James Maclellan
Alasdair Maclennan Alasdair Maclennan ... Paul Maclellan
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ... Hector McDougal
Iain MacRae Iain MacRae ... Islander 1
Lewis Iain MacNeill Lewis Iain MacNeill ... Islander 2


A German rocket scientist arrives on a small Scotish island in the mid 1930s. He's there to run tests on a new type of rocket that is to be used for mail delivery between the island and the mainland. Initially he's met with scepticism, but slowly the islanders come to like and trust him. One of the young women falls in love with him, but with WWII around the corner life gets complicated.

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Release Date:

24 November 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El inventor alemán See more »


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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Ultimate Pictures See more »
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Color (Technicolor)| Color
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A refreshing tale
2 July 2007 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a German rocket scientist going to a remote Scottish island to help develop a rocket for improving the postal service.

As others have already commented, the scenery is breathtaking. Blue skies, white sand, green pastures and authentic cottages are just the few features of the film. However, I feel that the film heavily relies on the scenery to make it watchable. The pacing is incredibly slow, which is probably to mirror the way of life in the villages. The story is somewhat predictable, but still fresh in the sense of its rural setting. The ending is touching, both from Gerhard's plot and the villagers' story. I liked the soundtrack, which abundantly uses traditional folk music. It gives the film a touch of authenticity. It is a refreshing tale that I am glad to have watched.

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