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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’ve got quite the love for Joe Johnston’s THE ROCKETEER. I mean, it has Jennifer Connelly smokin’ hot, Alan Arkin being the best Alan Arkin he can be, patriotic mob guys, Timothy Dalton at his sleaziest, a young John Locke as Howard Hughes, a fantastic score from James Horner and a fantastic art deco design throughout. And Nazis. Don't forget them.

Sure, I haven’t revisited that film in a long while (Get on a Blu-Ray Disney, what you waitin’ for, damn!), but I believe I’m too much hooked in by nostalgia to radically change my mind one way or another.

The below photo was submitted by a generous reader and features Bill Campbell and director Joe Johnston. Click for the bigger version!



Tomorrow’s pic is a paint happy bastard that should be caught and hung up by its Buster Browns!

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  • Dec. 21, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Rather fond of this film

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    bit of a forgotten classic.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    I'd Kill For That Dude's Hair

    by A-COD

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Jennifer Connelly

    by CerebralAssassin

    On the cover of Entertainment Weekly in 1990, as an example of Hollywood's new class of hot young actors. Dressed up in her outfit from Rocketeer. Looking SMOKING hot, but infuriatingly covering her best assets.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    second, but wish I could be 1,423rd

    by TrainWreck1969

    DISNEY!!! Can I PLEASE get The Rocketeer on Blu-ray? You didn't know what you had when Joe Johnston handed you this gem. It has a LOYAL following and your eventual Blu-ray will sell WELL, especially with JJ's Captain America coming out this summer. I'd pay $100+ for ahigh-def version of this film. The 1998 single-layer letterboxed widescreen DVD just does not cut it nowadays. Rocketeer Blu-ray NOW!!!

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    I've always loved this flick

    by kobayashi_maru

    Hoping we finally get a good blu-ray/DVD release of it this year. It's long overdue.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Yeah, what trainwreck1969 said...

    by kobayashi_maru

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    great movie

    by SgtSharki

    This was a great movie that deserved a lot more attention when it came out. I think it's prime for a remake.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    still holds up Quint

    by Bloo

    just recently watched this and it holds up well. just a solid piece of film making and a favorite of mine from the 90s as well. In fact I'd hold this up to just about any other comic book film as one of the best adaptations of a comic ever

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    is that 40

    by stillsberry

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    is that40's hair? or 90's?

    by stillsberry

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    The first movie I ever saw in theaters

    by Kammich

    ...and I was so young, I don't remember a god damned thing about it. I'll need to revisit it, sometime.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    The Hair! The Hair!

    by Geekgasm

    I tried to rock that haircut about three times since '91 and it just never worked for me. I'm still smoldering with jealousy.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    last time I saw rocketeer.......

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    was on VHS whenever it hit video. As a kid I just remember hating it.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Hugh Jackman&Daniel Craig in talks for Dark Tower

    by CodeName

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Howard simply confirmed that they were fan favs

    by Kammich

    He was interviewed and it was reported that he simply "nodded his head" when names like Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and Jon Hamm were mentioned as casting choices. It sounds like that website is just taking that bit of info and running a bit afar with it... I'll wait until there is something more concrete before I get excited. I'd be fine with either Craig or Jackman as Roland, but my personal preference is Kurt Russell.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Huh.. I always thought the Rocketeer was dissapointing

    by MST3KPIMP

    I was all excited to see this when it came out.. I even got the Rocketeer collector cup at Pizza Hut. I dunno, it just seemed too hokey and tried too hard to be a throwback film. I hate forced nolstalgia which pretty much is 95% of todays media. Jennifer Connely seemed like she had a gun to her back through this but alas it was one of her last films before getting ugly. Also I hold any hero movie to the standards set by Superman which are hard to top. There were some fun flying scenes though.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    After Fright Night and Flash Gordon....

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ....this is next to them in my three favorite movies. Absolute joy, brilliant fun - and a score only bettered by Band of Brothers. To me anyway. Can watch this movie anytime, and I can't count how many times I have. Sooner they release a Blu-ray the better!

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    That's awesome

    by MattmanReturns

    Agreed on the Blu-Ray. Where the hell is it?

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Looks like David Byrne giving his younger self advice.

    by ROBRAM89

    Or a copy of Gray's.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    mst3kpimp, standards set by Superman?

    by MattmanReturns

    You mean every superhero movie should have a stupid sequence where time reverses and the hero repairs earthquake faults? Every superhero movie should have a goofy villain who is nothing like his comic book counterpart? Don't get me wrong, I love Superman, but it's odd that you called Rocketeer hokey when Superman is by far one of the hokiest of them all. And forced nostalgia? Again, ironic given that Superman opens with an old daily planet newsreel.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    John Locke did NOT play Howard Hughes in this movie

    by Andy Williamson

    Terry O'Quinn played Howard Hughes in this movie.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    the Nazi propaganda rocketman cartoon

    by sith_rising

    was enough to make this movie awesome. and Timothy Dalton was badass.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    andy williamson

    by SchwarzenGollum

    Terry O'Quinn IS John Locke. Clearly, you are not a fan of "Lost." What a shame.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Since no one has mentioned it...

    by MooseMalloy

    ... Dave Stevens created the comic. Look him up if you haven't seen his art work.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    andy williamson

    by Badger23

    He must be trolling for a loud response from other posters.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    never saw it.

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    never saw this or timecop.

  • Dec. 21, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    I want a bigger version of Jennifer Connelly

    by dukeroberts

    She used to be so hot and curvy. She's still pretty damn sexy, but has lost her curves as so many Hollywood women do. I think it's time to look up Career Opportunities again. What kind of cool Jaws picture do we get tomorrow? Is it Murray Hamilton?

  • Since in real life Howard Hughes pretty much invented the entire modern American defense contracting business.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Reply: william_faulkner

    by The Eskimo

    Paraphrasing: No established actor would risk a long term TV deal Um, Lonesome Dove? That worked out pretty well for all involved.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    I love this movie.

    by disfigurehead

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    These pictures feature too mant white people

    by _Venkman

    And as a white person I'm morally outraged

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST


    by _Venkman

    too many*

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 1:14 a.m. CST

    This movie would have done better

    by MattmanReturns

    if the star had had more charisma. He's not bad, but he's not good either. Jennifer Connelly and Timothy Dalton make up for it though. Dalton seemed to be having a great time in that role, as though he found Bond too stifling and wanted to prove he wasn't a bore.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST

    How bout that blu of Tron you corporate polyps?

    by UltraTron

    Give da peepul de Traahhn!

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Jennifer Connely was an amazing piece of ass

    by Rupee88

    I don't even remember her from this film but from some others of course. I guess she is a good actress too but whatever...what a goddess she was for a decade or so.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Love this film so much. Rick Baker's make up is

    by Ecto-1

    one of my fave pieces of work by him. It's such a shame that no sequels were made to this. And James Horner's score is beautiful.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    I wore...

    by Grrrr.... hair like that in the 90's. I was awesome!

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Are there any Behind the Scene's Pictures with black face?

    by _Venkman

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Agree with the Blu-ray desire...

    by Gabba-UK

    This film didn't stand a chance in the cinemas as Touchstone/Disney rather stupidly put it up against T2 and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in the summer of '91. Dumb move. Bill Campbell wasn't the greatest lead but he was likeable, Arkin was just excellent as usual, Jennifer Connelly was just a goddess and on that subject, she may have gone a lot to slimness but she is still hot and not one of you would turn her down so stop pretending otherwise thank you. And as for Dalton, I honestly don't think I've seen him enjoy a role as much as this till Hot Fuzz.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 3:34 a.m. CST

    I would turn her down

    by jack black

    if i was gay. HA.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Career Opportunities was better!

    by tangcameo

    How? Four words: Jennifer Connelly tank top

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Forget the hair...

    by IMC1965

    the leather jacket is a must have. And the helmet.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Career Opportuni 'tits'

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    My buddy Michael Milhoan played Jeff the gangster

    by Stan Arthur

    Check out his other films on IMDB. Field of Dreams, Tin Cup, Executive Decision, Crimson Tide and a lot more. He left Hollywood two years ago and is back home here in Florida developing reality shows for A&E. I'm cutting together a sizzle reel for one of them this week.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST


    by flaggdrama

    wait. i am not.......

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Love those twin rockets, oh and the jetpack is cool too...

    by caseyaramian

    Worship her in Rocketeer. Masturbate to her in Career Opportunities.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    your link skills are lacking

    by thedude2010

    This link doesn't work it goes to a comments page on an Indian Politics site.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Connelly is too fucking much - a punishment almost

    by Professor_Monster

    She's one of those chics that if she walked by your girlfriend would hit you before you even said anything. And for the record - Joe Johnston sucks - check out Hidalgo and the upcoming Captain America if you don't believe me. I'm pretty sure if this movie had been made in the 70's we would have had one of those funny black guys in it who screams "Wooo Weee!" and "Lord have mercy - dat dere is da Rockateer" - wearing buldging eyes with each delivery. I liked Arkin in this movie - but I seriously believe his best work was in the Return of Captain Invincible - a movie the Impossibles owes most of its story to.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by Gully_Foyle

    A Bester fan. excellent.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Alan Arkin's best work: The Jerky Boys Movie

    by Cletus Van Damme

    He was hysterical.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    A Masterpiece.

    by victor laszlo

    Were it not for those couple of awkward wire hovering shots in the South Seas Club, The Rocketeer would rank among the very few arguably perfect works of cinema. Jaw Squared. Heart on Sleeve. Gum on Fuselage. Dollars or deutsche marks. Jetpack as Genre. It's all part of the show. Godspeed on Captain America, Joe - you're the right man for the job and we're pulling for you.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Joe Johnston sucks? Monster, you're a moron.

    by white_vader

    The guy who gave us the look of STAR WARS (more than McQuarrie) sucks? Go rag on something else. You obviously know nothing about films. And check out the UPCOMING Captain America for proof he sucks? <p> Obviously your whole post is a joke and I just didn't catch the deadpan first time around.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I love the guy who was made up (by Rick Baker, I believe)

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    to resemble Rondo Hatton. The fact that a movie acknowledged the existence of that actor is pretty cool.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Perfect in every way....

    by OldDickLemon

    Jennifer Connolly of course, the movie sucked balls.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    No. Arkin's best work besides Glengary

    by UltraTron

    and ms sunshine is Simon. In Simon he g

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    In Simon arkin gives the physical

    by UltraTron

    performance Jim Carrey always wanted to do but never had a role that perfect to do it with

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Good luck finding Simon

    by UltraTron

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    There's something about Johnston as a director

    by SithMenace

    that I don't like, that I can't quite put my finger on. I guess the best way to describe it is that his films have an underlying cheesiness to them. Not in a good Sam Raimi way either, but in a weird Renny Harlin sort of way.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    That said, I'm hoping Captain America

    by SithMenace

    will be his masterpiece.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I know what you mean. Sure, he's made some enjoyable films (Shrunk The Kids, Rocketeer), but there seems to be a squareness to his films, like maybe they're storyboarded to death.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    That's funny Openthepod

    by white_vader

    You don't know who he is either, right? Remember the Walker sequence on Hoth? <p> Nerds aren't even decent nerds any more.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Terry O'Quinn was the PERFECT Howard Hughes.

    by HalJordan2814

    Looked the part to the T and acted the part like he was born to play it. Hats off to this great actor, excellent in every last thing he has been in. Where is the Terry O'Quinn talkback anyway? There should be one...

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    'demode' and 'braindrain' are the same asshole

    by frank cotton

    and some of the above comments are why JENNIFER CONNELLY had the reduction/lost weight. she's still gorgeous

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    I'm ready for a Rocketeer remake!

    by Nautilus_nrm1

    I love this love movie so much! Only remake it if they could outdo it! Which I doubt is possible.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    great movie!

    by taff

    "I may not make an honest buck, buy I'm 100% American..."

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    there used to be a rumor that Bruce Campbell was the Rocketeer

    by Tigger Tales

    this was before the internet

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    So nice to find like-minded people

    by DrGogol

    First it was all the love for Temple of Doom that came out of the woodwork and now people chiming in for Rocketeer love. There are times when this site makes me warm inside. Like right now, for instance.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST

    My favorite comic book movie of all time... I miss Dave.


    I was lucky enough to be friends with Dave Stevens, the creator of THE ROCKETEER. In 2002, we had Dave as the guest of honor at the very first Dallas Comic Con. I put together a special screening of the movie for the first night he was there, and several people showed up to hear Dave's intro. Originally, the plan was to start the film and go have dinner. But Dave decided he wanted to see it again, so we ended up sitting in the crowd and watching it from start to finish. Sitting next to him was awesome, as he was acting like a little kid watching the film, laughing at all the funny parts, and reacting to all the exciting stunts. It was genuine. I had seen the movie dozens of time, so for me it was a blast just watching Dave watching the movie. After it ended, he revealed to me that was his first time to watch it in full since the original premiere. Afterward we went to dinner, and he proceeded to tell me stories about his old days getting started in comics, his time spent working on the movie, and some of his hopes and dreams for possible Rocketeer stories in the future. It was a very special night, and I'll never forget the time I spent talking to someone I considered a hero. I'm also an artist, so Dave Stevens was a big inspiration to me professionally. We'd see each other every year at San Diego Comic-Con, and Dave always made time to talk or hang out. He was a good friend and a great man. It broke my heart the day he died, but he left behind an amazing legacy.