The Rocketeer

Synopsis: Straight from the pages of a pulp comic from a past era, the Rocketeer recreates 1930's Hollywood, complete with gangsters, Nazi spies, and the growth of the Age of Aviation. Young pilot Cliff Secord stumbles on a top secret rocket-pack and with the help of his mechanic/mentor, Peevy, he attempts to save his girl and stop the Nazis as The Rocketeer.
Director(s): Joe Johnston
Production: Walt Disney Productions
  1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

Keep her straight...


It's your first time up, so

don't do anything interesting.

- Who me?

- Yeah, you.

Remember, she stalls out

at about 100.

Keep the air speed up,

otherwise you'll be drifting all over.

- If the ailerons start to shimmy--

- I've flown a plane or two.

Not like this one.

This one's a handful.

You sneeze and you'll end up

upside down in a field.

- That's fresh paint, damn it!

- Do you want me to crash?

Gum ain't gonna keep

your butt in the air.

Treat her nice, Clifford. She's gonna

take us all the way to the nationals.

- Let's make some history.

- Yeah.

Crank her up, Goose!

- Make her hot!

- Hot and brakes.

Watch this, Peevy!

[ Cheering ]

National air race

is our next stop!

[ Sirens ]

[ Gunshots ]

You tryin' to save ammo?

Nail 'em!

I can't get a clean shot. Wish that

black-and-white would get out of the way.

Careful what

you wish for.

[ Engine Sputtering ]

[ Fitch ] This is the 3rd car

in a month. Hoover'll be spittin' nails.

The heck with Hoover!

- Outta my way. I can't see.

- Keep drivin'!

Quit movin'. You're

ruining my shot!

Get back. Get --

Let's go, Lenny.

We can't get caught with--

Lousy feds!

Somethin' ain't right.

- [ Sirens ]

- Sorry, Lenny.

He's gettin' away.

Get it off!

- Get him out!

- Peevy!

Hit the latch!


Get the hell

outta there!

Where you goin'?


You all right?

You okay?

Well... that's

the end of that!

- All right, get it outta here.

- [ Peevy ] Wait a minute.

You chase crooks

across our runway,

crash into my pilot,

and it's our fault?

No offence, pops, but we

got more important things...

than get all sweaty

about whose fault it was.

Listen, buddy, building that plane

took three years and every cent we had.

File a claim with Uncle Sam.

You could get lucky.

And wait six months... a year?

We made a livin' with that plane.

Well maybe it's time

to get a real job.

- Whoa, whoa, whoa!

- Relax! Relax!

You got that one free, kid. One more

and you'll be eatin' soft food for a month!


- Relax.

- That fly boy hangs one...

on my kisser and

you let him waltz?

Maybe you

had it comin'.

- We need a word with the patient.

- In private.

Your buddy's getting fitted

for a pine overcoat.

If you make it to County General,

Alcatraz is your new digs.

Spit it out, Wilmer.

Where's the package?

Blown to hell.

Why don't you

go look for it?

- Get him outta here.

- Hey, Fitch?

- Take a look at this.

- [ Whistle ]

[ Wooly ]

That must be the gizmo, all right.

Okay, button it up.

- Call 'im, Wooly.

- Why me? I called last time.

- But he likes you.

- [ Sigh ]

There's no mistake

about that, Wooly?

[ Wooly ] I'm afraid not.

We got what's left of it.

I see.

- It was damn sloppy.

- It could've been worse. We got the gizmo.

- Yes, it could have.

- We'll take it down to headquarters.

Was that Wolinski?

They chased it to an

airstrip in the valley.

There was a wreck

on the runway.

The X-3 was destroyed.

Better lost than

in the wrong hands.

- How soon can you rebuild it?

- Rebuild it?

Not a chance.

My people in Washington will have

something to say about that.

Your people in Washington want to turn

anything that flies into a weapon.

Apparently someone else

had the same idea.

I'm afraid

we must insist.

I don't work

for the government.

I cooperate

at my discretion.

Two of my best pilots were

killed during the test phase.

God knows how many more men

would have died if it had flown.

No, gentlemen.

I'm sorry I ever dreamed

the damn thing up.

Sir, I wish

you'd reconsider.

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Danny Bilson

Daniel Bilson (born July 25, 1956) is an American writer, director, and producer of movies, television, videogames, and comic books. With his writing partner Paul DeMeo, Danny Bilson wrote the film The Rocketeer (1991), the television series Viper (1994, 1996), The Sentinel (1996) and The Flash (1990), and issues of the comic book The Flash. Video games include James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003) and Homefront. He also directed and produced The Sentinel and The Flash. more…

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