Rockets Redglare! (2004)

Rockets Redglare!




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Luis Fernandez de la Reguera directs the documentary Rockets Redglare!, a portrait of the New York personality from his early days around '50s hustlers to the East Village crowd of the '80s to his tragic death in 2001. Born Michael Morra in 1949, Rockets Redglare is a creative personality, enthusiastic performer, and a serious survivor. A life-long scenester, Rockets could be called many things, not the least of which are standup comedian, bodyguard, drug dealer, and actor. Features interviews … More

Rating: R
Genre: Documentary, Television, Special Interest
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On DVD: Nov 16, 2004
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Critic Reviews for Rockets Redglare!

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

The film goes on too long, repeats itself and has a reality-TV tendency to wallow in the tawdry.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
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Much of the movie drag.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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Maybe the world has just seen too many outrageous East Village characters at this point, but Morra comes off as nothing special.

Full Review… | September 2, 2004
New York Times
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There's a human tragedy here waiting to be told; what we get, however, is a sordid, grotesque freak show.

Full Review… | September 1, 2004
Village Voice
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Full Review… | September 4, 2004
Chicago Reader
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The cheap-looking video won't win any Kodak awards, yet it's an appropriate compliment to the squalor of Redglare's biography.

Full Review… | October 7, 2004
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for Rockets Redglare!

I'm aware of Rockets Redglare mostly through his role as a sadistic sargeant in "Police State" and his bit in "Desperately Seeking Susan" as a cabbie who hates sushi. My husband knew him though, so we were happy to see that Netflix had this hard to find documentary. Rockets was an immensely likable (though I suspect his claim that he could get any straight girl to fall for him) Lower East Side personality who speaks very frankly about everything from his childhood molestation by the landlady to his self-destructive impulses, women, drugs, alcohol and causing a ruckus at that methadone clinic. Lest anyone (usually the sorts of people who can't cope with any type of emotion or realness) accuse this of being "wallowing" or whatever,his tone is often conversational and matter of fact, although he does cry when describing his mother's murder. That's fine. I'd be more put off by someone who, assuming they had a decent relationship with their mother, DIDN'T cry when describing such a thing.
One thing I wish though, when discussing it more with my husband who remembers his performances, is that they'd devoted more time to his comedy routines. Apparently they were chock full of salient observations on things like gentrification or the more manipulative aspects of the dating scene (which he erroneously would call "forcing", which unfortunately implies something else.) I would have loved to hear more of his comedy on these topics rather than the more throwaway dirty jokes.

Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

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