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In the years leading up to World War II, stunt pilot Cliff Secord takes a trial run in a Gee Bee racing aircraft to prepare for an upcoming air show. But he accidentally comes into possession of a rocket-propelled backpack much coveted by the Nazis. With the aid of his mechanic pal, he gets it up and running, then uses it to foil a plot by a gang of vicious Nazi spies led by Timothy Dalton. Jennifer Connelly is on hand as the love interest, but the real fun here is when the Rocketeer takes off. There's also a nifty battle atop an airborne blimp to defeat his foes who are anxious to use the device in an evil plan to rule the world! The dangerous mission transforms the ordinary young man into an extraordinary hero.
Three years before the United States declares war, Cliff Secord leads America's first battle against the Nazis.
Title: Rocketeer, The
Release Date: June 21, 1991
Runtime: 108 mins
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Dolby SR
IMDB Rating: 6.1
Buried.com Rating: 7.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With R
MPAA Rating: PG
Bill Campbell ...Cliff
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
Tiny Ron ...Lothar
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 ...Irma
Margo Martindale ...Millie
America Martin ...Patsy
Max Grodenchik ...Wilmer
Michael Milhoan ...Jeff
Daniel O'Shea ...Mike
Joe D'Angerio ...Stevie (as Joseph D'Angerio)
Clint Howard ...Mark
Tommy J. Huff ...Lenny (as Thomas J. Huff)
Paul DeSouza ...Pauly
Pat Crawford Brown ...Mrs. Pye
Julian Barnes ...Charlie
Sam Vincent ...Filmstage Director
Lisa Pedersen ...Noblewoman
Peter Bromilow ...Nobleman
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Larry J. Franco
Paul De Meo
Paul De Meo
The Rocketeer Horror Film Trailer 1
"DER HOELLE RACHE"
"YOU'RE A SWEET LITTLE HEADACHE"
"BEGIN THE BEGUINE"
"ANY OLD TIME"
"IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD"
"WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE"
"NIGHT AND DAY"
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- Three years before the United States declares war, Cliff Secord leads America's first battle against the Nazis.
- Peevy: Clifford, when you borrow somethin', you don't tell nobody, they call that stealing you know.
Peevy: House? We don't got a house. We got a gazebo.
Jenny: Everything about you is a lie. Neville: It wasn't lies, Jenny. It was acting.
[siding with the G-men to fight the Nazis] Eddie Valentine: I may not make an honest buck, but I'm 100% American...
Cliff Secord: What was that line again? Oh my prince... Jenny: ...would that you drink of my lips... Cliff Secord: Thanks, I don't mind if I do.
- Tiny Ron's character Lothar is made-up to look like Rondo Hatton who played similar characters in the "B" movies which inspired The Rocketeer. Ron can be seen out of makeup in a cameo as one of two Good Old Boys. He gapes as his companion marvels at the "Big gopher!"
The model that Cliff glides with to escape from Howard Hughes warehouse resembled "The Spruce Goose", a plane built by Hughes which was so huge that many people doubted it would ever fly. This explains his "It does fly!" comment. At the time the film was made, Disney owned the Spruce Goose, and it's rumored that they placed this part in the film as a promotion for that attraction, which (apart from the Queen Mary) was the only money losing Disney attraction in the US.
Disney had a special mechanism built especially for this film. Called the "Shaky-cam", it was designed to be the exact opposite of the "Steady-cam", that is, to introduce vibrations into the picture. This was used in the scenes filmed inside the Zeppelin to give the impression of the power of the engines. When the movie went to video, the effect didn't transfer too well, and was therefore steadied.
"Beemans" (the gum chewed by Howard Hughes) is the lucky gum of pilots. See also The Right Stuff (1983).
A scene where Neville Sinclair sends a message to Berlin (coded first on an authentic Enigma machine found for the production) was filmed, but cut due to running time constraints.
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