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 [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Set in glamorous 1930s Hollywood, it tells the story of Cliff Secord, a down-on-his-luck pilot who stumbles upon an incredible invention - a top-secret jetpack that allows him to soar through the skies like a human rocket. But before long, a sinister spy (Timothy Dalton) plots to steal the jetpack, thrusting Cliff into a dangerous mission that ultimately transforms him into an extraordinary hero. Praised by critics as a most entertaining film, Rocketeer is high-flying action-adventure at its very finest. Interactive Menus Scene Access Actors Bill Campbell, Alan Arkin, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Sorvino, Timothy Dalton, Jon Polito, William Sanderson, Ed Lauter & Terry O'Quinn Director Joe Johnston Certificate PG Year 1991 Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.0) Additional Languages French ; Italian (Dolby Surround) Subtitles Dutch ; English for the hearing impaired Duration 1 hour and 44 minutes (approx) Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.
Joe Johnston directs this action adventure starring Bill Campbell and Jennifer Connelly. Set in Los Angeles in 1938, the film follows racing pilot Cliff Secord (Campbell) as he stumbles across a one-man jetpack that has been stashed by a gangster fleeing from the FBI. Using the jetpack to save a distressed plane, he becomes something of a superhero. But there are others who want the futuristic machine, chief among them is duplicitous movie star Neville Sinclair (Timothy Dalton) who is in reality spying for the Nazis.