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The Rocketeer
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Directed By
Joe Johnston

Written By:
Danny Bilson, William Dear, Paul De Meo, Dave Stevens

Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino, Terry O'Quinn, Ed Lauter, James Handy, Tiny Ron, Robert Miranda, John Lavachielli, Jon Polito, Eddie Jones, William Sanderson, Don Pugsley, Nada Despotovich, Margo Martindale, Michael Milhoan, Daniel O'Shea, Clint Howard, Pat Crawford Brown, Julian Barnes, Peter Bromilow, William Boyett, William Frankfather, Herman Poppe, Norbert Weisser, Melora Hardin, Rick Overton, Doug McGrath, Ele Keats, Chance Michael Corbitt, Merritt Yohnka, Adolf Hitler, David Pressman, Tommy J. Huff, Peter Frankland, Kristopher Logan, Bret Culpepper, America Martin, Paul DeSouza, Sam Vincent, Lisa Pedersen, Charlie Stavola, Heinrich James, Michael Francis Clarke, Darryl Henriques, Scanlon Gail, Gene Daily, Dick Warlock, Thomas Lee Tully, Mike Finneran, Dave Adams, Arlee Reed, Kim Sebastian, Lila Finn, Perry Cook, Taylor Gilbert, Danielle Bedau, Bob Sandman, Lori Lynn Ross, Kathleen Michaels, Paul Forsyth, Craig Hosking, Steve Hinton Sr., Jim Franklin, Richard T. Brickert, Chuck Wentworth, Bill Turner, Wilhelm Frick, Max Grodénchik, Joe D'Angerio, Tom Kindle, Bob Leeman

The Rocketeer (1991)
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Movie Review by Derringer
October 1st, 2008


Favorite Movie Quote: "You look like a hood-ornament!"

Hey, movie fans - It's time to buckle up and hang on tight 'cause THE ROCKETEER is here to save the day....Yeah!....Gear up and get ready to accelerate, straight up into the stratosphere. There's gonna be some real high-flying, dare-devil action and adventure here, mixed generously with some exceptionally well-timed comical twist to boot.

Set in Los Angeles (1939), at the on-set of WW2, THE ROCKETEER is an honest-to-goodness, breathtaking blast from the past........POW!........ZOOM!!!

Young, ace-pilot, Clifford Secord (BILL CAMPBELL) and his side-kick, mechanical wizard, P.B. (ALAN ARKIN), accidentally uncover a magnificent, high-powered jet-pack (hidden by some ruthless, thieving thugs) at their home base in the airfield hangar. This beautifully compact and exquisitely streamlined jet-pack was created by, none other than, that total kook eccentric, Howard Hughes. Hughes, who was a true expert in high-tech aeronautics, fashioned this particular jet-pack to simply strap onto your back and was made operable by a very basic, hand-held mechanism.......This is Commando Cody-Stuff done right.

As expected, Clifford, like an excited child with a new toy, is just itching to try out this new jet-pack. Who could blame him. Throwing all caution to the wind Clifford straps himself in and soars like a bat out of hell (after a few initial bumps and scrapes) to the ultimate heavens, and to the absolute heights of his own exhilaration, too......Our young ROCKETEER is hooked.

Little does our budding, young hero know that real-life Nazi agents, right here in Hollywood, are on to him and are out to claim this splendid rocket-pack for themselves. Their ultra-sinister goal, once the rocket-pack is in their greedy possession, is to dominate the world by attacking all major urban centers with armed troops of rocket-packed soldiers ready to fight to the death for the Nazi cause.......Typical arrogant German attitude.

A super-dangerous mission for our ROCKETEER-HERO has now been set into motion. Not only does 'The World' need saving from the potential domination and tyranny of Nazi rule. But his girl, Jen (played by an absolutely radiant JENNIFER CONNELLY), who's being held hostage in exchange for the rocket-pack, needs to be rescued from the grimy clutches of these barbaric slime-buckets, too. Circumstances of such a critical and compelling magnitude as this are what transform Clifford, an ordinary, young man with a shiny, new toy, into an extraordinary hero!

And it's........ROCKETEER TO THE RESCUE!!!!!!!

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