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Old January 31 2014, 10:03 PM   #1
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The Rocketeer (1991)...

After years of hearing of this movie I finally got around to seeing. The downside is for some reason I couldn't get the pisture to fill the screen. Wierd.

Anyway this was a very fun period piece that works in similar fashion as Raiders Of The Lost Ark. The period setting helps make the story somewhat more plausible as we view that era as a more innocent time where the fantastic seems more plausible.

Sure it would be easy to nitpick this to death in terms of implausibilities, but like a good superhero adventure that would be doing the film a disservice. To some extent the story is predictable, but it was still fun.

I'm sorry I waited so long to see it. It's good stuff.
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Old January 31 2014, 10:12 PM   #2
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Re: The Rocketeer (1991)...

Jennifer Connelly in The Rocketeer...
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Old January 31 2014, 10:25 PM   #3
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Re: The Rocketeer (1991)...

Part of the appeal was seeing the early clumsiness of Billy Campbell's character. He didn't have the hang of it right off.
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Old January 31 2014, 10:42 PM   #4
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Re: The Rocketeer (1991)...

An instant classic with me. I've loved the film since I was a kid. And Joe Johnston has yet to do wrong in my book, having helmed Honey I Shrunk The Kids, Jurassic Park III, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

The cast is top notch, the visuals convincing, and the score is magnificent. Timothy Dalton hams it up in a delightful way, and I love Alan Arkin's curmudgeonly demeanor.

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Peevy: Like a hood ornament!



Also fun: Terry O'Quinn as Howard Hughes."Son of a bitch WILL fly!" -- if you've seen the film, you get the joke.

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I'm sorry I waited so long to see it. It's good stuff.
If you approach everything with this kind of open-mindedness, you'll probably find you would enjoy many other films and TV shows as well.
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Old January 31 2014, 10:56 PM   #5
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Re: The Rocketeer (1991)...

It's really a fun movie. In a weird way, though, I'm glad it tanked. It's better as a one-off than a franchise.

I wish the movie would get a few special features on home video, though.
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Old January 31 2014, 11:39 PM   #6
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Re: The Rocketeer (1991)...

Hey, I think the leads could still pull off a sequel.
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Old February 1 2014, 12:25 AM   #7
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Re: The Rocketeer (1991)...

It's one of my favorites.
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Old February 1 2014, 12:29 AM   #8
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Re: The Rocketeer (1991)...

I thought it was a little too "Disney" but I enjoyed it none the less and own it on Blu-ray.

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Also fun: Terry O'Quinn as Howard Hughes."Son of a bitch WILL fly!" -- if you've seen the film, you get the joke.
I was a big Spruce Goose aficionado around that time and Terry O'Quinn will always be Howard Hughes to me.
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Old February 1 2014, 12:56 AM   #9
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Re: The Rocketeer (1991)...

Picked this up on Blu-ray towards the end of last year. Have yet to get around to re-watching it for the first time in quite a few years.
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Old February 1 2014, 01:45 AM   #10
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Jennifer Connelly in The Rocketeer...
Jennifer Connelly in just about anything...

Quite like this movie. Don't know why it isn't in my collection.
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Old February 1 2014, 02:03 AM   #11
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Re: The Rocketeer (1991)...

Any movie that does that 1930s adventure serial sorta thing gets a pass from me. Where's my Sky Captain sequel?!?!?!?!
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Old February 1 2014, 07:01 PM   #12
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Re: The Rocketeer (1991)...

Enjoyed that movie. Seemed big budget at the time, not a studio afterthought, but they still did a poor job marketing it.

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Old February 2 2014, 12:54 AM   #13
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Re: The Rocketeer (1991)...

The Rocketeer along with The Shadow and The Phantom are three well cast and underrated period/pulp fiction/comic book movies. I loved Alan Arkin's deadpan delievery and of course Jennifer Connelly.
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