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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day wasn’t lies, Jenny. It was acting!

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

Joe Johnston’s The Rocketeer is still the best movie he’s ever done. I like Cap a whole lot, but it felt like halfway through it was just a jumble of scenes mashing together to me. I didn’t feel the stakes of Hydra taking over and as a result the final act lacked a weight to pull me in.

The Rocketeer is very similar in pace and tone to Cap, but it doesn’t feel like it has the same problems for me. When Billy Campbell takes off for that zeppelin I was totally involved. Maybe it was because I was 10 years old when I saw the movie for the first time, but I’ll be damned if I don’t still feel that way when watching today.

Today’s pic from The Rocketeer features Timothy Dalton as the sleazy as can be Neville Sinclair trying to woo the incredibly luscious Jennifer Connelly. Pretty sure that’s Johnston standing behind Dalton as well.

So, select James Horner on your iTunes and scroll down to check out today’s image!

Thanks to Todd Franklin for sending this one along! Click to embiggen!



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  • Aug. 11, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    I'd bang Jennifer Connelly hard

    by KarlKolchak

    If she wasn't married, that is. Paul Bettany is awesome.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    It's a shame this movie bombed at the B.O.

    by Tarijeno

    It would have made for a great series... oh and a twenty-something Jennifer Connelly is more than enough reason to buy this disc.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST


    by CreepyThinMan

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Love this flick...

    by UncleBastard

    And Connelly was amazing. I ran into Campbell a few years ago in Virginia, and the dude is quite imposing. Anyway, there is a sense of wonder and innocence to this movie that hasn't quite been duplicated since.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Jennifer Connelly

    by achapin14

    Besides me being fascinated by this film when I saw in theaters. I also began a Fascination with Jennifer!!! MAN!!!

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Joe Johnston = NO SUSPENSE

    by teamneedle

    That is why he is and was so wrong for the Jurassic Park Franchise- You are so correct Quint- he just knows how to throw scenes together competently but doesn't have any sense of suspense- JP3 is just a disgrace of a film- CA was fun- more than I expected-

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Those boots!

    by ames prather

    I loved The Rocketeer when I was a kid and still get a cheesy grin on my face watching it now (with my kids). Granted, they're not leering at Jennifer Connelly, but still. One thing I distinctly remember from that movie were how utterly bad-ass The Rocketeer's boots were. Don't know why, they were just cool. ??Pseudo?? Out.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    I've only just realized that Johnston

    by Keith the same Joe Johnston I've been reading about for the last few months in the "making of" books for Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back. Second only to McQuarrie in designing the look and feel of the Star Wars universe. I feel like an utter goof.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Connelly lost too much weight

    by Keith

    Proof positive that women are NOT at their best when skinny. She looked absolutely cracking with more meat on her bones.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

    It's been 20 years.

    by Paul Dronet

    If SHOWGIRLS can get a special edition Blu-Ray, I see no reason why I can't get one for THE ROCKETEER.

  • This guy not only shows people he can wink and nod at the camera, but acts his butt off in this picture.. I'm willing to bet any money he'd have lightened up his performance a bit, for a 3rd bond film... But, I loved how he played the role the 1st two films: cold, ruthless, calculating.. I think the more people go back and watch the Rocketeer, the more chance Dalton has at being revered indirectly as a great Bond... Sounds crazy but it might make some folks wanna go back and watch the ones he was in..

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    @lord punch

    by teamneedle

    Dick Tracy can't even get one....

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST


    by PG

    Agreed, she was perfect in this film... I still don't understand why society clings to wanting "skinny" Zoe Saldana types front and center, when the reality is, if you surveyed MOST average guys, they're gonna admit to wanting a curvier, rounder woman in their life. It's the dirty secret that hasn't overtaken mainstream society yet.. and probably never will..

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Dalton is fantastic

    by Keith

    People tend to remember Brian Blessed's turn in (the sublimely entertaining) "Flash Gordon", and rightly so, but Dalton is fucking hilarious in that movie. I just love his surliness, distrust and irritation. Single best scene is when he picks up the heavy rifle from the tripod mount and, as an afterthought, boots the tripod away. It's absolutely perfect. Makes me laugh every time.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Men's preference for curvy women

    by Keith

    Yes indeed, sir.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    And, yes, Dalton was good as Bond

    by Keith

    Shame that neither of his outings were particularly good. (Both have their moments, but are too inconsistent.) He was slightly wasted. (As indeed was Brosnan. Of his four movies, only Goldeneye is any good imo.)

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Great Film, but...

    by The Bear

    There's so much I love in this film, but there is a big problem at one point: where the bad guys come into the diner, start threatening people with the fryer...and the "hero" just sits there. Yes, he "wants" to do something, but he doesn't. He's going to let his friend be tortured, maybe killed. How the hell is that a hero?

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:27 a.m. CST

    The Bear

    by Keith

    Is that not a part of the character arc?

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Wasted Bond's...

    by PG

    I agree...Brosnan was solid in Goldeneye... but he had a good script, solid direction, and the right mix of everything... I thought Dalton's two outings were good but could have been great had The Living Daylights had adequate villains... I personally love License to Kill, but that film needed at least one scene of him being classic Bond.. in a car, getting chased, classic bond theme and it would have been epic.. I think overall, the stale stories and lack of new direction stems from having the same producers over the course of the last 20-30 years... It will be interesting to see how the next Bond does.. I think Dalton should be brought back as the new "M"... He would absolutely kick ass as Bond's boss and be able to be a little tongue and cheek

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Maybe with the success of Captain America..

    by Gabba-UK

    The gem that is The Rocketeer will finally get the Blu treatment it richly deserves. It was a stupid decision by Touchstone and Disney to release this film in the same summer as T2 and Robin Hood: POT. If they'd held it back till the Christmas period this sucker would've owned the box office. And Jennifer Connelly as is now still bang tidy. Jennifer Connelly with some meat and her curves back..... Well, If I were Paul Bettany I wouldn't let her leave the bedroom.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 2:05 a.m. CST

    I think it's time I saw this movie.

    by BenBraddock

    If only for those perfect gams

  • She looks like kicked shit now. I remember going to see Rocketeer with my girlfriend, who was no slouch, and seeing Connelly and my cock getting mad at me for not being better looking. She was the female version of Star Wars, Lamborghini, The Beatles - just a fucking 10.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Rocketeer Blu-ray

    by 11dayempire

    Disney needs to pull its finger out of its arse and give us a Rocketeer Blu-ray. With the original teaser poster as the box art! You'd think they would've released one to tie in with Captain America…

  • Stevens obviously pulled Bettie Page into his universe - why the name change??

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 3:08 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Dalton IS highly regarded as Bond. I was gutted when he decided not to come back for Goldeneye. Brosnan's Bond is terrible, Dalton really got to grips with the character and turned in a fantastic performance, especially in The Living Daylights. Also: the Living Daylights = best Bond score ever. Just sublime. <p> PS. Anyone that thinks Goldeneye is better than The Living Daylights is out of their mind. <p> PPS. The Rocketeer is awesome.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Oi, Disney. Give us a Rocketeer Blu-ray... NOW!

    by Johnny Wishbone

    Or are you too busy wasting money on maintaining Walt's cryo-freeze chamber?

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 4:45 a.m. CST


    by The_Skook

    Dave Stevens was a close friend of the real life Betty Page and in the 'comics' is called Betty/Bettie. It was a decision of the film-makers to change her name because Betty Page was a glamour model and they wanted the film to be 'family friendly', whatever that means... It is sad Stevens and Bettie died within a few months of each other, Dave at only 52.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Love it

    by disfigurehead

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Super Skinny Women Are Competing with Other Women


    It's an anorexic cat fight, they don't give a shit what *guys* think about how they look. Of course men prefer curvier women. It's almost universal.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    The Rocketeer and Career Opportunities...1991 was J-Co's prime time

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Sadly, she hasn't has those tantalizing curves since roughly 1998 (Dark City was the last time she had tits), and it's negatively affected her entire look. She used to have those cute "baby fat" cheeks, but now she looks positively gaunt. What a fucking waste.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 8:09 a.m. CST

    John Wayne was a Hollywood creation too.

    by KazamaSmokers

    Plus, he couldn't act. (Neither could Jimmy Stewart... he just played Jimmy Stewart in all his movies, but that was okay because we loved him like that). You want a man's man, you have to start with Mitchum.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    i once ate a fried egg of jennifer's ass

    by mick vance

    of course, i was like 7 or 8 at the time, so it probably wasn't as arousing as it could have been.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Dalton ruled, Connelly wowed...

    by JaguarWong

    ...and Horner's score absolutely soared -- back when Disney wasn't afraid to put swastikas in movies with Nazis as the bad guys. ROCKETEER needs a Blu-ray release pronto. (The DVD isn't even anamorphic, fer Chrissakes!) PS: Connery, Dalton & Craig effectively tie as the #1 best Bond. Would love to see the Daltonator return to the 007 franchise as the next M... (Have him grow a beard and Craig address him as "Admiral".)

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Yes it was because you were 10 y/o

    by Rupee88

    I saw this when I was 15 or 16 and it was boring and forgettable. And I had enjoyed the comic book beforehand too so was a fan of the character.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Jennifer Connelly & Virginia Madsen, Mr. Skin style. Bless the late Dennis Hopper and his directing skills.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Rocketeer on Blu-ray

    by TrainWreck1969

    Hey Disney...When can I buy this?

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Perfect summer movie lost in the shuffle in 1991

    by Madmacks

    If 'The Rocketeer' had been released today it would have done great business and as a previous poster mentioned could have been a popular franchise for Disney. I long for the day when we get a blu-ray release. This is one movie that Disney need to revisit.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    What a surprise: guys prefer a 20 year old to a 40 year old

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    Having "meat" or "curves" works great for a 20 year old girl when skin is tight and smooth the youthful face holds chubby cheeks well and breasts ate still perky even if they are bigger. But on the body of a 40 hear old- post birth giving body, that "meat" just doesn't work the same. Sorry to dissapoint you guys but a woman's body changes over 20 years. Jennifer is as perfect as can be. Especially for a woman no longer 20 years old with children.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Rocketeer was ho-hum - I don't get the love for it

    by theBigE

    Maybe I was too old to enjoy the Rocketeer - I was 20 when it came out. But I found it rather ho-hum. What was so special about it? I haven't seen it since, so maybe I need a rewatch. I also liked Dalton's Bond, and have a real fondness for Licence to Kill - one of my favorite Bond films

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    And where is the Blu Ray?

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    ass to ass

    by ATARI

    Unfortunately that's the first thing that pops into my mind whenever I see/read Jennifer Connelly. <br><br>

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by Madmacks

    I was 29 when it came out and think it is better today than whe I saw 20 years ago, I think that being set in the 1930's has allowed it to age better than so many other films that came out in '91. The appeal is that it is just a great old fashioned Saturday matinee adventure movie much like the love most of us have for 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' and I really believe that Disney missed the boat on what could have been a great franchise..... and Dalton was a great villian and a great Bond who's two 007 movies were better than anything Roger Moore put out........'The Living Daylights' was a breath of fresh air after 'A View To A Kill'

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach-- Living Daylights soundtrack..

    by PG

    I agree.... The soundtrack is one of the best I've ever heard, especially for Bond films.. I even think the follow-up Micheal Kamen score has some great tracks as well for License to Kill.. And, I also agree, Goldeneye may be Brosnan's best outing as Bond, but that film pales in comparison to some of the cool actions scenes from the Living Daylights..

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Dalton as M--Can I get an Amen?>

    by PG

    I think a bold move for the next Bond film would have been replacing Judi Dench, and inserting a fully bearded, badass Dalton as his new boss.. You could even toy with the audience a little and let Dalton's M just slightly hint he was once a 00 agent... That would rock, and would allow Dalton to open up and have more fun being sort of the bad guy in a way..

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Curvy Jennifer Connelly = Ridiculously hot all-time bombshell

    by one9deuce

    Too skinny Jennifer Connelly = nice looking woman. Yes, of course men prefer women with curves. Why is the media/Hollywood obsessed with presenting anorexic asexual women as the standard of beauty? Because photographers, many directors and producers, lots of actors, artists, and fashion designers ARE GAY. They aren't interested in tits and ass. Or hips. Or pussy. They like the 14 year old boy look, not the stacked, brick shithouse with a booty look.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    emperor_was_a_jerk, sorry, but I somewhat disagree

    by ewokstew

    Salma Hayek blows that theory clear out of the water as does Vanessa Williams. Some women can still hold on to their curves and look great.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST



    Sure if you like your ladies with unibrows and lando mustaches..

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Career Opportunities also

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    marked the beginning of the early 90's Frank Whaley era. But yeah, mostly it was just JCO looking hot as fuck

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Childbirth will change a womans body as does age..

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    as does obsessing over the tiniest bit of body fat, which women of Hollywood do time and time again. As it's been said many a a sandwich.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    and chop.....hows about

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Penelope Cruz?? Lookin' good postnatal...

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Yeah it was because you were 10.

    by UltraTron

    I was always a bit distracted by the dick tracy guy and the lack of the scene foreshadowed in the film reel. I expected a nazi jetpack/rocketeer battle. Also my favorite cover for rocketeer comics had him fighting a giant sky captain type robot. Rocketeer was before movies easily do the things in comics. Scratch that. Lack of vision and ingenuity omitted the scenes I would have had in that film. All that shit coulda been done and the film really needed something like that to really soar.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    On it's own terms I really like the movie- just saying

    by UltraTron

    it coulda been much better

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    I totally agree Quint...

    by Flames gotta Eat

    about your Cap America feelings. The first half of the film was better than the last and it kept it from becoming classic. When he finally became Cap it felt rushed, introducing the new costume in action with a montage? I didnt dig that. And there wasn't enough rivalry with Red Skull and Cap, Cap was NEVER in danger!!! You can't do that in a superhero movie, even Supes in Returns got his ass kicked at the top of the Kryptonite cliff toward the end. And the super bad guys all in black felt so generic, they were picked off like video game characters. No real threat to our heroes equals not a thrilling action flick. Great origin story though!

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Oh and Rocketeer is Johnston's best flick. FACT!

    by Flames gotta Eat

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Let's not forget the perfect casting of Terry O'Quinn

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    as Howard Hughes. THAT'S taking a character actor and giving him a pivotal role.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST


    by Keith

    "It's an anorexic cat fight, they don't give a shit what *guys* think about how they look." Yeah, I think this is broadly correct. Men often get it in the neck for "demanding unrealistic shapes from women", but in my experience the most frequent critics of women's weight are other women and (sometimes) gay men who work in the fashion industry. Sure, a straight guy may talk derisively if a women is seriously heavy, but most guys do NOT demand that their women are actively skinny. We don't like women who look like twelve year old boys.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Jennifer Connolly = real-life Lara Croft.

    by BiggusDickus

    Well, a decade ago, anyway. Wow - what a woman! You can keep your skinny tomboy beanpoles!

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    "Guys prefer a 20 year old to a 40 year old"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Jennifer Lopez is 42, and she's as hot as she's ever been...AND she's kept her curves. I don't think that's a coincidence.

  • Sadly, I cannot comment on the pitiful fate of Connolly and Ricci's perfect forms. Too depressing....

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    ewokstew: Agree with your exceptions...

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    But those are, in fact, exceptions. Salma is a HUGE exception in that she is one of the hottest women in the world and her genes are other-wordly and super-human! She is perfect. But in general, on average what I said is still true. There are far more hot 20 year olds that later in life don't have the same appeal to most men. Most of the men commenting here for sure anyway.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    I like variety

    by dukeroberts

    I like Zoe Saldana and Natalie Portman, but I also like Salma Hayek and young Jennifer Connelly. They're all beautiful to me.

  • Aug. 13, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    @11dayempire: I agree...

    by Lobanhaki2

    ...but if they've had their finger up their ass, I want them to wash their hands before they give me the Blu Ray.

  • Aug. 13, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    The thing about Salma is she's hot.

    by UltraTron

    And if you go to Mexico there are hot women. But there are NO hot Mexican women living in LA. None. Nadda. Doesn't happen. They don't let the fine ones escape. Cruz is Spanish so it doesn't count which makes salma the only fine escapee in Hollywood. Have some more beans and cheese Hollywood

  • Just doesnt do it for me for some reason. At eighteen, maybe i was the wrong age when it came out. Too old for "kid stuff", too young to appreciate the film as an homage. Now i cant appreciate it like the rest of you. Five minutes watching on basic cable, and my eyes glaze over. Ill call it the "Johnston Effect", since ive had a similar experience in other Johnston movies that on paper i shouldve loved. Jumanji and The Wolfman are good examples. My loss i guess.

  • Aug. 13, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    And I really liked Captain America, btw. Go figure.

    by dahveed1972

  • Aug. 13, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Curse you, Quint!

    by puto tenax

    You cost me sixty bucks. I went to Amazon and bought not only the soundtrack to The Rocketeer, but I also purchased The Complete Adventures of the Rocketeer book. You're right about the movie, it is much better than Captain America. I hope Disney will get off their asses and make a director's cut Blu of the Rocketeer. Better yet, what would be wrong with doing a sequel, set instead of the late 30s the early 50s with the original cast. I think they're all still around, aren't they? Anyway, I am cussing you out this entire weekend, my friend.

  • Aug. 14, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty: Again, the exception. Plus...

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    Lopez is yet another exception. Besides, Jennifer Lopez and Salma both prove my point even more. When a woman in her 40's still LOOKS like she is 20 (tight skin, curves, youthful body and face) she is still lusted after. When a woman in her 40's looks like she is indeed 40 but still looks amazingly beautiful, like Jennifer Connelly, she is said to be "old looking". In the end it, of course, doesn't matter. Jennifer Connelly is still one of the hottest women on the planet. As is Salma and a few others regardless of age.