The Rocketeer

dir. Joe Johnston

Series - Retrospective

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A barnstorming 1930s pilot becomes a high-flying hero with the aid of a super-advanced jet pack, in this thrilling homage to the adventure serials of the '30s and '40s.
In 1930s Los Angeles, young flying ace Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) accidentally comes into possession of a top-secret rocket pack, which he uses to make a daring mid-air rescue. Dubbed "The Rocketeer" by the media, Cliff soon finds himself, his gorgeous actress girlfriend Betty (Jennifer Connelly) and his faithful mechanic Peevy (Alan Arkin) on the run from gangsters, the FBI, a Nazi spy posing as a Hollywood heartthrob (Timothy Dalton), and even the pack's inventor, billionaire Howard Hughes (Terry O'Quinn). Based on the graphic novel by Dave Stevens and paying homage to the film serials of the thirties and forties, The Rocketeer is a sky-high adventure that lovingly recreates its bygone era — experience which served Rocketeer director Joe Johnston well when he was called on two decades later to helm a similar superhero nostalgia trip, Captain America: The First Avenger.