The Rocketeer

1991, Fantasy, 1h 49m

65 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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An action-packed, if anachronistic, look back at pulp matinee serials, The Rocketeer may ring hollow with viewers expecting more than simple fun and gee-whiz special effects. Read critic reviews

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Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) is a cocky stunt pilot in love with a beautiful actress, Jenny Blake (Jennifer Connelly). When he discovers a jet pack hidden in a biplane, Cliff straps on the rocket, dons a flashy helmet and becomes the high-flying hero known as The Rocketeer. But when Nazis want to use the rocket as a weapon, Cliff must use his alter ego to both protect Jenny from an evil actor (Timothy Dalton) and save the day in this period adventure based on the comic books by Dave Stevens.

Cast & Crew

Bill Campbell
Cliff Secord
Timothy Dalton
Neville Sinclair
Alan Arkin
A. 'Peevy' Peabody
Paul Sorvino
Eddie Valentine
Terry O'Quinn
Howard Hughes
Ed Lauter
FBI Agent Fitch
James Handy
FBI Agent 'Wooly' Wolinski
Robert Guy Miranda
Spanish Johnny, Valentine Hood
John Lavachielli
Rusty, Valentine Hood
Eddie Jones
Malcolm the Mechanic
Larry J. Franco
Executive Producer
James Horner
Original Music
Narita Hiro
Cinematographer
Betsy Magruder
First Assistant Director
Michele Panelli-Venetis
Second Assistant Director
Danny Bilson
Screenwriter
Paul De Meo
Screenwriter
William Dear
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  • May 24, 2015
    It's one of those unapologetically pulpy films that so desperately wants to look like it's fun that it forgets to be original or actually fun.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2015
    Being released in 1991, there was not much competition for super-heroic-esque films, and for that, I must say that "The Rocketeer" does what it sets out to do, beautifully. Fun, witty, dramatic, and awesome all at the same time, this picture balances insanely well what most films in this genre usually fail to accomplish. Billy Campbell is great in the leading role, as a pilot finds a jetpack that has been created by the opposing side of the war, he decides to use it for good, before realizing the opposing side are now hunting it down. With a few twists as to why they desperately need it back, this film keeps you on the edge of your seat, but not in an overly serious way. The chemistry between Campbell and Connelly was a joy to watch and like every film like this, the climax was one big giant spectacle, but it is one of the few to take it's time to give it meaning. Overall, I loved every second of this film, even though a few things were convenient to move the plot along. For what it is, "The Rocketeer" is a near perfect film for it's genre. Excellent!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2015
    The Rocketeer has an obscene amount going for it. Original superhero design, a World War II setting, jetpacks, Timothy Dalton, Jennifer Connely, the Disney name backing it... And all these things are fantastic, make no mistake. But the script itself has trouble elevating the film as a whole to the next level, leaving The Rocketeer as simply "Pretty good". Not a harsh criticism by any means, but I saw the potential for Rocketeer to be even more.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2014
    I can't help but love this movie. It's pure fun and a classic action/adventure movie. Anyone who enjoys Indiana Jones will undoubtedly enjoy this as well. Also, this is basically the framework that Joe Johnston used for Captain America. It's just a really creative way to go about making a superhero/pulp movie. The characterization is great. Billy Campbell does a good job and you really care for him and his character. Timothy Dalton does his best evil Erroll Flynn here and it's one of his best performances IMO. The visuals, pacing, story and directing are all appropriately stylized to the 30s atmosphere they were going for. It's endlessly re-watchable and one of my favorite live-action Disney movies.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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