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Updated! L.A. Readers! Mr. Beaks Is Giving Away Two Tickets To Tuesday Night's 20th Anniversary Screening Of THE ROCKETEER At The El Capitan!

Update 10:00 PM PST... You guys did not make this easy. At all. So many heartfelt (and a few heartbreaking) emails... I wish I had tickets for all of you. Thank you so much for sharing your memories of THE ROCKETEER.
But there must be a winner, and it is... Brian Day! Congrats, sir!
There are still tickets available for this event. I know they're expensive, but if you've got the cash to throw around, this event will be well worth it.


Beaks here...

This came out of nowhere.

Just a few minutes ago, I was asked if I'd like to give away two tickets to D23's 20th anniversary screening of THE ROCKETEER at the El Capitan Theatre. Though this is incredibly short notice (the screening is tomorrow night, June 21st), I've a feeling there are some die-hard fans of Joe Johnston's 1991 classic out there who'll happily drop their Tuesday evening plans to check out this brand new digital presentation and stick around for a Kevin Smith-moderated Q&A with Joe Johnston, Bill Campbell, Rick Baker, Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo and William Stout.

Wanna go? Here's what you need to do: send an email to with the subject "THE ROCKETEER D23", and share your memories of seeing THE ROCKETEER on June 21, 1991. That's right, I want to give these tix to someone who's been a fan of this movie from the start, someone who elected to see Johnston's film over ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, DYING YOUNG or CITY SLICKERS (all three of which outgrossed THE ROCKETEER that weekend). Be passionate, but concise in your email. I'm going to give you until 7 PM PST this evening, and I will announce the winner in this article at precisely 10 PM. (Please be sure to include your full name and your guest's name in the email.)

This is a very special screening (tix are going for $50 a pop - and are still on sale), so I'm looking for a true ROCKETEER superfan. The event starts at 7:30 PM (with check-in beginning at 6:45). Good luck!

There's also going to be a bunch of cool ROCKETEER merchandise on sale at the event (in conjunction with Creature Features). Check it out!

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  • June 20, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Great movie

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

  • June 20, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Where the hell is the El ...capitan?

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

  • June 20, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    damnit i'm too young for this, but that poster is fuckin cool!

    by soma_with_the_paintbox

    Rocketeer is awesome. Hopefully JJ can recapture some of that old magic for Captain America

  • June 20, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Hey Kobe is a Cockateer!!


  • June 20, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I'd ask Billy Campbell if he is that hard up for money...


    to star in another season of THE KILLING talk about a let down.

  • June 20, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Here's to Dave Stevens --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- hopefully William Stout will have some good stories about him.

  • June 20, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Also azul - the El Capitan is on Hollywood Blvd --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- not in downtown L.A.

  • June 20, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by CreepyThinMan

  • June 20, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Ryan Dunn says fuck this

    by lostboytexas

    wheres the obit?

  • June 20, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST


    by AssyMuffJizz

    I like that handle. I like that handle a lot. Mmmm. Kobe Bryant eating ass. Mmmm.

  • June 20, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Rocketeer Premiere

    by clownparts

    I happened to go to the World Premeir of Rocketeer at the El Capitan 20 years ago. Was fun. They blocked off part of Hollywood Blvd and set up a carnival for the after party. It was a kick to see the movie because they shot some of the outdoor scenes in my home town of Santa Maria CA.

  • June 20, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Not gonna lie but I love CITY SLICKERS


    Any time that is on, im down to watch it till the end credits. Bruno-Billy-Danny had some good chemistry back them.

  • June 20, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    There better be a ROCKETEER BLU RAY announcement Wednesday AM


  • June 20, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Could use a 3d reboot...

    by zinc_chameleon

    the original design work was truly amazing; the diner was built from scratch, and actually worked. You'll never see anything like that again. 3d makes sense for this film.

  • June 20, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    @the_choppah: Agreed!

    by The Rock-a-who

    There's plenty of extras you can add for a descent Blu-Ray of this.

  • June 20, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Jennifer Connelly before they stopped feeding her

    by the Green Gargantua

    She was perfect.

  • June 20, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I'm sure we'll see ROCKETEER Blu when Cap comes out on Blu

    by THEE Miracleman

    "From the Director of captain America!" Disney can't pass it up.

  • June 20, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    and UGH on Kevin Smith hosting the Q&A

    by THEE Miracleman


  • June 20, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    I've been tempted to go back and watch this...

    by blackwood

    But I'm worried that my very impressionable young mind and tingling feelings of proto-gayness gave me memories about the movie that were better than the movie itself.

  • June 20, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Out of nowhere???

    by Spyhunter

    Beaks, I emailed the info on this event to you guys like a month ago. Better late than never I guess?

  • June 20, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I saw him fly at MGM Studios

    by wildphantom07

    Summer of 1991 at night Disney had this awesome Rocketeer flight nightly thing when the movie was in cinemas. I was 11 when it came out and loved it. In fact it's the main reason I was genuinely excited when Johnston was announced as director of Cap. If he can capture the sort of feeling this film still evokes watching it now it'll be quite something. Also James Horner's best score.

  • June 20, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    The Rocketeer Movie is Now 20 Years Old?!

    by SonOfChiba

    Holy moley, I suddenly feel very old indeed. Great, great movie; as good now as it was then; perhaps, even better. Such a shame Dave Stevens isn't here to celebrate.

  • June 20, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Always thought the Rocketeer was one of Horner's best scores


    Loved the movie but I remember the trailer made it look like it was some kind of Terminator style shoot em up. Wished they'd have made a sequel, found this fanmade one though...

  • June 20, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Kevin Smith is too fat to fit in an El Capitan movie seat

    by thelordofhell

    He'll just hang out in the lobby and smoke weed

  • June 20, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Love this film

    by Amazing Maurice

    I always loved movies where the hero is completely out of his depth. But somehow manages to win through on sheer balls alone. The Rocketeer is chock-full of great moments like that. And Timothy Dalton was clearly having the time of his life playing the bad guy. Good to see some love for this little gem.

  • June 20, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    And John Fucking Locke is in it!

    by Amazing Maurice

  • I remember being little and falling in love with the previews. I'd built my expectations up so high I guess it couldn't do anything OTHER than disappoint though. I mean, the helmet, the jetpack... I built this whole story in my head about what the Rocketeer actually was. I imagined him as like an Iron Man type or something lol. Anyways, I watched it again recently and STILL didn't really get into it. I don't understand the attraction people have for this movie. To each his own though I guess.

  • June 20, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    This movie opened on my seventeen birthday

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And tomorrow I turn 37. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk I'm old. And I too mourn the pre-anorexia Jennifer Connelly (last seen circa 1998 in Dark City). I will NEVER forgive Requiem For A Dream for destroying Connelly's curves forever.

  • June 20, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST


    by cahcat

    if only I had checked my twitter feed a few hours earlier! I had a great sad story but loved THE ROCKETEER from the start!!

  • June 21, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by Kirbymanly

    I was turning 17 as well. Ehhh, we're not old. We just know how to do penis and vagina better than those in their 20's.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST

    I love this movie, BUT...

    by TinkerTIW

    I was all jazzed when I heard about this. I went to the El Capitan website yesterday and couldn't believe there were still tickets available - until I saw the price. $50 a ticket. If they don't sell out the house (and something tells me they're having problems if they're running last minute giveaways) they have only themselves to blame. Guys (and I'm talking to whoever set the admission price), think of your fans here. I mean, we're not Howard Hughes.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:55 a.m. CST

    I wonder if Far East Movement (w/Ryan Tedder) will attend?

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Up up here we go-go!

  • June 21, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Why the HELL isn't this on Blu-ray yet!?!?!?!?

    by LargoJr

    This and Always from the S.B. himself.. NEED a remaster release.. damnit!

  • June 21, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Also anniversary of El Capitan

    by HabaneroJack

    If I remember correctly, the Rocketeer was also the first movie to play at the El Cap after the big remodel, so this is sort of a double anniversary.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Rocketeer. 5 minutes of cool flying.

    by Knobules

    Needed more Rocketeering. Like the post above, went in expecting some kind of Iron Man. Got a jabberfest with some nice set designs, huge boobs and Alan Arkin.

  • June 21, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Choppah, City Slickers

    by Mattman

    He's a real cowboy! Sleeps with his eyes open!!

  • June 21, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Going tonight!!!

    by GreatGonzo

    I will be there tonight! Tickets are pricey at $50 (make that $100 with a ticket for the gf) but it's THE ROCKETEER!!! I couldn't resist. Here's hoping for a Blu-ray announcement this evening. Now, back to listening to Horner's score (which IS his best) until I get outta work. "You look like a hood ornament!"

  • June 21, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    There was more to that post...

    by Mattman

    Why does anything not in quotes get deleted? Anyway, I had prefaced that by saying I love City Slickers also.

  • June 21, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    El Capitan Anniversary

    by TinkerTIW

    Yeah, The Rocketeer was the first movie at the El Capitan after the theater's restoration. I remember going and how the audience burst into applause at the end of the movie at Horner's magnificent score. Absolutely one of his greatest.

  • June 22, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Any news from tonight's screening?

    by Kirbymanly

    Someone had to ask about an upcoming blu-ray. I've been waiting for a proper 16:9 release for years.

  • June 22, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Nope no news from the screening

    by schoolfew

    Lots of love for Dave Stevens though from everyone. They showed the new trailer for Captain America which was cool though I wished they has a announcement for a Blu Ray release.

  • June 22, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Figured as much..

    by Spyhunter

    I had hopes they would announce a Blu-ray release, but I had emailed Disney a while back and they said they had no plans for it. :( Guess I'll stick with watching the nice HD version I DVR'd on the SyFy channel for now.

  • June 22, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Awesome Evening!

    by GreatGonzo

    Best line from Joe Johnston: "I knew people would like this movie eventually!" I was disappointed by no news on a Blu-Ray (especially since the new remastered print looked so fantastic). Sigh. Here's hoping it hits Blu the same time as Captain America. Even so, such a great geek evening with a theatre full of Rocketeer fans cheering and laughing at all the right times!