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Rocketeer [DVD] [1991]

Billy Campbell , Jennifer Connelly , Joe Johnston    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino
  • Directors: Joe Johnston
  • Writers: Dave Stevens, Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, William Dear
  • Producers: Charles Gordon, Dave Stevens, Larry J. Franco
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYQH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,745 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Based on a retro-styled comic book hit of the 80s, this Disney film was meant to launch a whole line of Rocketeer films--but the series began and ended with this one. That's too bad because this underrated Joe Johnston film has a certain loopy charm. The story centres on a pre-World War II stunt pilot (Bill Campbell) who accidentally comes into possession of a rocket-propelled backpack much coveted by the Nazis. With the aid of his mechanic pal (Alan Arkin), he gets it up and running, then uses it to foil a plot by a gang of vicious Nazi spies (is there any other kind?) 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. --Marshall Fine

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audio in italianoil giovane rocketeer, razzo superveloce sulle spalle, vola in difesa della patria minacciata dai nazisti. mafia e polizia gli danno una mano, mentre un divo di hollywood (un bravo t. dalton) fa il doppio gioco. da un fumetto di dale stevens, un film touchstone (disney) da 45 milioni di dollari. siamo negli anni '30 in una los angeles visionaria. interessante solo a livello grafico.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INDIANA JONES OF THE SKIES! 1 Dec 2002
When I first saw this film back in the early nineties i was captiviated, just like the original Superman film, you really believe a man can fly but this time with a "Rocket" strapped to his back! Bill Campbell plays Cliff Seacord a daring test pilot in the 1930's who stumbles upon a experimetnal rocket, that just so happens was invented by famous aviator "Howard Hughes". Off course there is always a baddie and this takes the form of Timothy Dalton who plays a Hollywood actor. He actually plays a very nasty piece of work! And then you have the lovely Jennifer Connelly as Cliff's longtime girlfriend called "Jenny" funny enough, the writers must of been stuck for a name?
The action is breath taking especially the flying scenes as they are very fast paced and believable. There is also some humour in the film which helps. Rocketeer was actually based on a graphic novel of the same name and so has some comic book violence but nothing too graphic. Rocketeer has everything you'd want in an action film, love, good and evil, chases, and a whole load of fast and fantastic flying! as its said in the film "Rocketeer to the Rescue"
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why oh why didn't this become a franchise?! 4 Jun 2006
By Mr. Gareth I. Davies VINE VOICE
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Rocketeer Returns! Rocketeers Returns Again! These could have been great sequels but it wasn't to be. This had everything going for it. Great characters, great action, great story, great score. It has all the ingredients to make a great summer film. I do not know why it didn't do better and lead to the hoped for franchise. Having read the Dave Stevens graphic novels (comics) it is a very faithful adaptation perhaps only second (or even equal to) how faithful Sin City was. It is a proper 'Saturday Matinee' style adventure that the Indiana Jones comparison stands up to. "Rocketeer to the rescue!"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocketeer: Excellent 30's Period drama! 31 Jan 2006
There are very few Comic movies which capture the essence of it's source (and in this case surpass it). Rocketeer is set in 1938 with the Nazi's beginning to reveal themselves as a threat to the US. Cliff Secord is not the obvious hero, rather he has heroism thrust upon him as he normally does plane stunts now he must fight abnormally large men (Lothar), gangsters and a pack of Nazi Officers led by (I wont ruin it!). The result is an action packed period epic ideal for younger audiences an older alike much like the action serials of the 50's. The atmosphere of 1930's America is captured in art as well as prose perfectly (much like The Untouchables) add an impeccable musical score from the same guy who brought us Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan, and you've got an immensly enjoyable movie if a tad light by todays standards of violence. It's outlook is very optimistic with a few cheesy one liners. All in all an ideal Sunday movie for all the family. It was recently rated as being the most true movie based on the original comic (the suit is identical to the comic version). The poster is regularly voted as one of the best in movie history also. released in 1991 (UK) it had to contend with Terminator2 and was billed by Disney as a family movie, among over unfortunate events hence it failed to leave a mark but has a large niche following. "Rocketeer to the rescue!"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Rocketeer is directed by Joe Johnston and co-written by Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo and William Dear. It is based on Dave Stevens' comic book The Rocketeer. It stars Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton and Paul Sorvino. Music is scored by James Horner and cinematography by Hiro Narita.

It took eight years to get to the screen, with many rewrites, changes in personal, changes in setting and etc, the only thing consistent was Disney's inconsistency. Once out the film received generally positive reviews but posted only a small profit, in the wake of a Tim Burton inspired reinvention of the Super Hero genre, Rocketeer fell away into cultdom, sequels planned were shelved and its reputation remains to this day one of being a misfire. Unfair say I! Rocketeer is a lovingly crafted adventure film, nodding towards the serials of the 1930s, it's awash with period Hollywood delights, Art Deco imagery, has a damsel in distress, square jawed heroics, Nazi villains, wonderful effects and a blunderbuss Zeppelin finale. Backed by beautiful smooth tone photography and an evocative heart stirring music score, it's a family friendly blockbuster that ticks all the requisite boxes. The quality of the action sequences still hold up today, and Johnston, who wanted the job big time, directs with a knowing grasp of the setting, and crucially he never once loses a grip on tone and pacing. There's no self parody here, no deep Fruedian dissection of the main character, just a honest to goodness good against bad axis, with a romantic cause deftly wafted over proceedings.

The role of Cliff Secord (Rocketeer) proved hard to cast, where Vincent D'Onofrio turned it down and "name" actors such as Dennis Quaid, Emilio Estevez, Kurt Russell and Bill Paxton auditioned for the part.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beem�s Gum and Jennifer Connelly too 5 Jan 2006
Bill Campbell well known for his portrayal as Delbert Mosley in the HBO alien adventure "Out There" (1995) plays the witless hero, based on the comic book by Dave Stevens, in this flight of fancy accompanies by a well seasoned and recognizable entourage.
It is the 1930's. Pilot Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) and his mechanic partner Peevy (Alan Arkin) want to fly in the nationals. Little did they know that they would cross paths with the number three box office star Neville Sinclair (Timothy Dalton) whom for some nefarious reason wants to pilfer a (back-pack) rocket designed by Howard Hughes (Terry O'Quinn).
Well it seems that Cliff got his hands on the rocket, but Neville knowing the Cliff has it, has got his hands on Cliff's girl Jenny Blake (Jennifer Connelly). So will they make a trade or is there something greater at stake?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great underrated movie, my boys (10 and 14) loved it!
Published 9 days ago by Mj Burt
5.0 out of 5 stars my legs are burnin
a plane manufacturer invents a rocket backpack to fly a man just as the world war 2 is starting ,after a plane crash and a car,the car owner hides this inside an old biplane from... Read more
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Published 25 days ago by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable romp in the style of a pre-war Iron Man
This enjoyable aerial adventure, about a young pilot who comes into possession of one-man jet pack invented by Howard Hughes, has many of the features of an Iron Man movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality
I enjoyed the film and was very pleased with the service from the supplier.

I would recommend using them again.
Published 4 months ago by MR L J HILL
4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
I purchased this recently because I remembered watching it years ago as a kid, it doesn't have the same magical effect watching it again as an adult but I can see why I enjoyed it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jekyll
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiastic Pulp Silliness
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3.0 out of 5 stars Big gopher....
Cliff Secord crashes his plane after being hit in the air in a shoot-out between gangsters and FBI agents in a car chase; completely broken, his best friend and mechanic 'Peevy'... Read more
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