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The Rocketeer|Bill Campbell
The Rocketeer
Bill Campbell and Jennifer Connelly
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Overview

In 1936 Hollywood, a young pilot and his mentor friend stumble on a rocket pack. After figuring out how to use it, the pilot becomes a hero, sought after by newspapers, Howard Hughes, the FBI, the Mob and the Nazis. This romantic, old-fashioned film features a sweeping soundtrack by James Horner.

Awards:

Main Cast & Crew:
Joe Johnston - Director
Bill Campbell
Jennifer Connelly
Timothy Dalton
Alan Arkin
Paul Sorvino
Terry O'Quinn
Ed Lauter
James Handy
Tiny Ron
Robert Guy Miranda

    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 108
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 717951003195
  • Genre: Action
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: August 1999

Synopsis:
In the tense atmosphere preceding World War II, millionaire Howard Hughes develops the invention of the century: a high-powered mini jet-pack. Nazi agents steal a prototype of the device, but lose it on an isolated airstrip during a frantic chase by feds. Aspiring pilot Cliff Secord accidentally finds the pack, and soon he's zooming through the air, spinning, flipping and crashing into the occasional barn. But when Cliff uses it to rescue an unconscious pilot plummeting to his death, the press dubs him "the rocketeer" and Nazis are hot on his trail. Errol Flynnesque actor and Nazi agent Neville Sinclair hires gangsters to go after him. Devious Sinclair will stop at nothing to secure the invention for the fascists -- including kidnapping Cliff's girlfriend, Jenny. With flair and courage, Cliff dons his rocketeer outfit and saves the free world from the encroaching Nazi menace.

Notes:
Color by Technicolor; shot in Panavision widescreen. Budget estimate $40 million. Additional cast: Tiny Ron (Lothar), John Lavachielli (Rusty), and Eddie Jones (Bigelow). Mark Dindal was the "Nazi animation director."

Reviews:
"...THE ROCKETEER is a full-throttle blast of thrills and fun..." - 07/11/1991 Rolling Stone, p.113-4


"...A hugely enjoyable romp....A visual feast..." - 08/01/1991 Sight and Sound, p.55-6


"...[A] rowdy screen ride....Campbell and Connelly look great..." - 06/21/1991 USA Today, p.4D


"...Campbell is suitably heroic....It's Dalton's scheming Hollywood star and heroine Connelly who stand out..." - 07/01/2000 Total Film, p.104