The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day looks like a hood ornament!
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
by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies
bit of a forgotten classic.
Dec. 21, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST
Dec. 21, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST
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
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
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
Dec. 21, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST
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
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
Dec. 21, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST
Dec. 21, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST
...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
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
was on VHS whenever it hit video. As a kid I just remember hating it.
Dec. 21, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST
Dec. 21, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST
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
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
....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
Agreed on the Blu-Ray. Where the hell is it?
Dec. 21, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST
Or a copy of Gray's.
Dec. 21, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST
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
by Andy Williamson
Terry O'Quinn played Howard Hughes in this movie.
Dec. 21, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST
was enough to make this movie awesome. and Timothy Dalton was badass.
Dec. 21, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST
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
... Dave Stevens created the comic. Look him up if you haven't seen his art work.
Dec. 21, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST
He must be trolling for a loud response from other posters.
Dec. 21, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST
never saw this or timecop.
Dec. 21, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST
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?
Dec. 21, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST
Since in real life Howard Hughes pretty much invented the entire modern American defense contracting business.
Dec. 22, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST
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
Dec. 22, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST
And as a white person I'm morally outraged
Dec. 22, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST
Dec. 22, 2010, 1:14 a.m. CST
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
Give da peepul de Traahhn!
Dec. 22, 2010, 1:49 a.m. CST
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
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
...my hair like that in the 90's. I was awesome!
Dec. 22, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST
Dec. 22, 2010, 3:24 a.m. CST
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
by jack black
if i was gay. HA.
Dec. 22, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST
How? Four words: Jennifer Connelly tank top
Dec. 22, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST
the leather jacket is a must have. And the helmet.
Dec. 22, 2010, 5:18 a.m. CST
Dec. 22, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST
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
wait. i am not.......
Dec. 22, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST
Worship her in Rocketeer. Masturbate to her in Career Opportunities.
Dec. 22, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST
This link doesn't work it goes to a comments page on an Indian Politics site.
Dec. 22, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST
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
A Bester fan. excellent.
Dec. 22, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
He was hysterical.
Dec. 22, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST
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
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
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
Jennifer Connolly of course, the movie sucked balls.
Dec. 22, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST
and ms sunshine is Simon. In Simon he g
Dec. 22, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST
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
Dec. 22, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST
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
will be his masterpiece.
Dec. 22, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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 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
"I may not make an honest buck, buy I'm 100% American..."
Dec. 23, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
this was before the internet
Dec. 23, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST
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
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.
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