Rocketeer

Rocketeer

4.7 9
Director: Joe Johnston

Cast: Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin

     
 

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One of the best cinematic comic book adaptations, The Rocketeer was supposed to be the summer of 1991's big hit, but the vastly entertaining movie didn't find a big audience. Thankfully, this Walt Disney DVD release gives the fun, exceedingly good-natured movie a proper showcase, and the film has built up a large fan base over the years. Expertly directed bySee more details below

Overview

One of the best cinematic comic book adaptations, The Rocketeer was supposed to be the summer of 1991's big hit, but the vastly entertaining movie didn't find a big audience. Thankfully, this Walt Disney DVD release gives the fun, exceedingly good-natured movie a proper showcase, and the film has built up a large fan base over the years. Expertly directed by Joe Johnston and shot by Hiro Narita, the DVD looks great in this widescreen letterboxed format, which also shows off James D. Bissel's extravagantly retro production design. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround audio track sounds robust coming out of a stereo system or out of a television set. This edition doesn't come with any worthy DVD extras, but a future edition is sure to point out The Rocketeer's many in-jokes and homages to classic Hollywood films, old rumors, and actual history.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Like George Lucas, who later hired him to work on the Young Indiana Jones series, director Joe Johnson clearly loves the old Saturday morning serials, and also like Lucas, he prefers to avoid the campy tone with which such films are now made. The film tells the story of a young test pilot (Bill Campbell) who must fight to keep a rocket-powered backpack which allows human flight out of the hands of a Nazi spy (Timothy Dalton). Although it keeps the innocent spirit of the early serials, the film improves upon them in its writing and attention to detail, and naturally benefits from the vast improvement in the technology of special effects. Campbell seems an attractive but unusually blank performer, and Jennifer Connelly, in one of her early roles as his girlfriend, also has little more to do than look pretty. The action of the film is entertaining enough, especially for a very young audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/1999
UPC:
0717951003195
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
7,903

Special Features

Widescreen [2.35:1]; Dolby Surround; French language track; Theatrical trailer; Chapter search

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Campbell Cliff Secord
Jennifer Connelly Jenny Blake
Alan Arkin Peevy
Timothy Dalton Neville Sinclair
Paul Sorvino Eddie Valentine
Ed Lauter Fitch
Terry O'Quinn Howard Hughes
James Handy Wooly
Tiny Ron Lothar/Good Old Boy
Robert Miranda Spanish Johnny
John Lavachielli Rusty
Eddie Jones Malcolm
Joseph D'Angelo Stevie
Steve Hinton Airshow Pilot
Clint Howard Monk
Tom Tully Reporter
Jon Polito Bigelow
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
Thomas Huff Lenny
Paul de Souza Pauly
Pat Crawford Brown Mrs. Pye
Julian Barnes Charlie
Sam Vincent Filmstage Director
Lisa Pedersen Noblewoman
Peter Bromilow Nobleman
Tom Kindle Clapperboy
Charlie Stavola Assistant Director
William Boyett Government Liaison
William Frankfather Government Liaison
Heinrich James Nazi Agent
Herman Poppe Zeppelin Captain
Norbert Weisser Zeppelin Pilot
Michael Francis Clarke G-Man
Darryl Henriques G-Man
Scanlon Gail G-Man at Chaplin Field
Melora Hardin South Seas Singer
Bob Leeman W.C. Fields
Rick Overton South Seas Patron
Gene Daily Clark Gable
Richard Warlock FBI Agent
Mike Finneran Reporter
Doug McGrath Reporter
Arlee Reed Cameraman
Kim Sebastian Nurse
David Pressman Hospital Guard
Lila Finn Clothesline Lady
Perry Cook Good Old Boy
Taylor Gilbert Stewardess
Ele Keats Girl at Newsstand
Danielle Bedau Girl at Newsstand
Chance Michael Corbitt Newspaper Kid
Bob Sandman South Seas Bandleader
Lori Lynn Ross South Seas Mermaid
Kathleen Michaels South Seas Camera Girl
Merritt Yohnka Nazi Crewman
Peter Frankland Nazi Commando
Kristopher Logan Nazi Commando
Paul Forsyth Nazi Commando
Craig Hosking Airshow Pilot
Jim Franklin Airshow Pilot
Richard T. Brickert Airshow Pilot
Chuck Wentworth Airshow Pilot
Bill Turner Airshow Pilot
Dave Adams Reporter

Technical Credits
Joe Johnston Director
Seth Arnett Stunts
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Lisa Bailey Associate Producer
John Berger Set Decoration/Design
Danny Bilson Original Story,Screenwriter
James D. Bissell Production Designer
Christopher Burian-Mohr Art Director
Paul de Meo Original Story,Screenwriter
Linda de Scenna Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
William Dear Original Story
Nancy Foy Casting
Larry Franco Executive Producer
Charles Gordon Producer
Lawrence Gordon Producer
James Horner Score Composer
Lloyd Levin Producer
Hiro Narita Cinematographer
Paul Sonski Set Decoration/Design
Carl Stensel Set Decoration/Design
Dave Stevens Co-producer
Michael A. Stevenson Editor
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer

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