ROCKETEER (1991 U.S.) D: JOE JOHNSTON W: DANNY BILSON/PAUL DE MEO/WILLIAM DEAR P: LAWRENCE GORDON/CHARLES GORDON/LLOYD LEVIN
Bill Campbell has a cool rocket pack and helmet in 1938. He fights Nazis led by Timothy Dalton (as an Errol Flynn-like movie star) in this enjoyable adventure flick heavily infuenced by cliffhanger serials (primarily KING OF THE ROCKET MEN). It`s officially based on a graphic novel by Dave Stevens. In my favourite touch Tiny Ron is made to resemble the legendary Rondo Hatton (with the aid of Rick Baker make up)! The only drawback i can think of is that sexy Jennifer Connelly`s character was originally to be based on Betty Page, but was changed for a more family-friendly tone. Talk about missed opportunities! The finale takes place on board a burning zeppelin. With Alan Arkin, Paul Sorvino, Terry O`Quinn as Howard Hughes, Ed Lauter, Clint Howard, Margo Martindale, Norbert Weisser, James Handy, Jon Polito, Eddie Jones, Max Grodenchik and William Sanderson. Johnston made this for Disney after he delivered them the hit HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS.

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