The Rocketeer

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Year of Release: 1991

Genre: Comic Book

Related to/Remake of: N/A

Directed By: Joe Johnston

Music By: James Horner

Starring: Billy Campbell (as Cliff Secord/The Rocketeer), Jennifer Connelly (as Jenny Blake), Alan Arkin (as A. “Peevy” Peabody), Timothy Dalton (as Neville Sinclair), Terry O’Quinn (as Howard Hughes), and Ed Lauter (as Fitch)

Basic Plot: In 1930s Los Angeles, a stunt pilot comes across a prototype rocket pack that was being stolen by mobsters.  He decides to use the pack to generate business for his airplane mechanic friend, but finds himself pursued by both the mob and the government.  Meanwhile, his aspiring actress girlfriend finds herself being pursued by a major Hollywood star, who’s interests may not be what they seem…

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: A great feel for the time period.  Several great action scenes.  Good acting from all involved, particularly the principles, Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, and Timothy Dalton.  A fun reminder of the old Hollywood serials and radio shows.

Cons: It takes a bit too long to get to the good stuff, with several scenes of dialogue that drag down the pacing of the movie.