Paramount at the Movies Presents: Disney’s The Rocketeer [PG]
Movies | 02/17/2019 | 2:00PM
“This $40 million adventure fantasy puts a shiny polish on familiar elements: airborne hero, damsel in distress, Nazi villains, 1930s Hollywood glamor, and dazzling special effects.” – Variety
Three years before the United States declares war, Cliff Secord leads America’s first battle against the Nazis.
Cliff Secord (Billy 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.
Image Credit: © Walt Disney
Did you know?
- The character of Neville Sinclair was loosely modelled after Errol Flynn, who was suspected of being a Nazi spy.
- The actual Gee Bee used in filming was only allowed to land a very limited amount of times during its time working on the movie, as landings are extremely hard on the landing gear of this particular plane.
- “Beemans” (the gum chewed by Cliff) is the lucky gum of pilots. In The Right Stuff (1983), Chuck Yeager asks his crewmember friend for some Beeman’s before a flight.
- The film takes place in October 1938.