History Film / TheRocketeer

18th Feb '17 2:21:06 AM PaulA
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* ActionSurvivor: Cliff.

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* %%* ActionSurvivor: Cliff. Cliff.



* CoolAirship: The ''Luxembourg''.

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* %%* CoolAirship: The ''Luxembourg''.



* CoolOldGuy: Peevy.

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* %%* CoolOldGuy: Peevy.



* DeadpanSnarker: Peevy. Cliff has his moments, too.
* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler:Neville Sinclair.]]

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* %%* DeadpanSnarker: Peevy. Cliff has his moments, too.
* %%* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler:Neville Sinclair.]]



* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler:Neville Sinclair.]]

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* %%* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler:Neville Sinclair.]]



* ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt

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* %%* ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt



* GiantMook: Lothar.
* GlamorousWartimeSinger: At the South Seas Club.

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* %%* GiantMook: Lothar.
* %%* GlamorousWartimeSinger: At the South Seas Club.



* GreasySpoon: The Bulldog Cafe.

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* %%* GreasySpoon: The Bulldog Cafe.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Two examples.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Two examples.HoistByHisOwnPetard:



* LookMaNoPlane

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* %%* LookMaNoPlane



* MiddleManagementMook: Eddie Valentine.

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* %%* MiddleManagementMook: Eddie Valentine.



* MrFixit: Peevy.

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* %%* MrFixit: Peevy.



* OperaGloves: Jenny.

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* %%* OperaGloves: Jenny.



* PoliceAreUseless: Until the end, that is.

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* %%* PoliceAreUseless: Until the end, that is.



* StockingFiller: Jenny's first scene.

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* %%* StockingFiller: Jenny's first scene.



* TheThirties

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* %%* TheThirties



* ThoseWackyNazis

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* %%* ThoseWackyNazis



* TheForties

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* %%* TheForties
17th Feb '17 4:58:01 PM Procket12
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** Cliff and the gangsters are all held at gunpoint by [[spoiler:Nazi paratroopers, about to be mowed down at Sinclair's orders, as he leaves with Jenny as his hostage. Suddenly, headlights light up and armed men appear with machine guns while their leader roars, "This is the '''FBI'''! Throw down your guns!"]]

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** Cliff and the gangsters are all held at gunpoint by [[spoiler:Nazi paratroopers, about to be mowed down at Sinclair's orders, as he leaves with Jenny as his hostage. Suddenly, headlights light up and armed men FBI Agents and the LAPD appear with machine guns while their leader roars, "This is the '''FBI'''! Throw down your guns!"]]
16th Feb '17 11:46:01 PM ajbit26
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%%* ActionSurvivor: Cliff.

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%%* * ActionSurvivor: Cliff.



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Early in the film, mentioned by name, when the FBI and LAPD are chasing after Eddie's goons, one of the FBI agents wishes the "black and white" (the cop car) would get out of the way so he could fire on Eddie's men. After the cop car wrecks, it exposes the agents to Eddie's men's Tommygun.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Early in the film, mentioned by name, when the FBI and LAPD are chasing after Eddie's goons, one of the FBI agents wishes the "black and white" (the cop car) would get out of the way so he could fire on Eddie's men. After the cop car wrecks, it exposes the agents to Eddie's men's Tommygun.Tommy gun.



%%* CoolAirship: The ''Luxembourg''.

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%%* * CoolAirship: The ''Luxembourg''.



%%* DeathFromAbove: The airship.
%%* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler:Neville Sinclair.]]

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%%* DeathFromAbove: The airship.
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* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler:Neville Sinclair.]]



%%* GlamorousWartimeSinger: At the South Seas Club.
%%* GoSeduceMyArchnemesis

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%%* * GlamorousWartimeSinger: At the South Seas Club.
%%* GoSeduceMyArchnemesis
Club.



%%* MadeOfIron: Lothar.

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%%* * MadeOfIron: Lothar.Lothar. Cliff hurts himself when he tries to low blow him.



* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Justified. The rocket pack we see ''is'' the protoype; Howard Hughes ''burns'' the plans ten minutes into the movie, but Peevy draws new ones, with plans to build an improved version.
%%* NotWearingTights

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* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Justified. The rocket pack we see ''is'' the protoype; prototype; Howard Hughes ''burns'' the plans ten minutes into the movie, but Peevy draws new ones, with plans to build an improved version.
%%* NotWearingTights* NotWearingTights: Since he's not actually a superhero, but a pulp hero, Cliff just wears normal pilot gear as the Rocketeer.



%%* PoliceAreUseless: Until the end, that is.

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%%* * PoliceAreUseless: Until the end, that is.



* SickbedSlaying: Lothar literally folds one of Valentine's men in half to prevent him from talking to the FBI after he already beat the location of the rocket out of him.



%%* StockingFiller: Jenny's first scene.

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%%* * StockingFiller: Jenny's first scene.



%%* ThoseWackyNazis

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%%* * ThoseWackyNazis



* WasntThatFun: After his first flight with the rocketpack, Cliff simply says "I like it!"

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* WasntThatFun: After his first flight with the rocketpack, jetpack, Cliff simply says "I like it!"



%%* YouMustBeCold

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%%* YouMustBeCold* YouMustBeCold: Jenny is given a jacket to wear over her evening gown when she is taken aboard the airship.
6th Feb '17 6:35:17 PM PaulA
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* DistinctionWithoutADifference: Somewhat subverted, when Cliff and Peevy first discover the rocket pack, which Peevy thinks they should return to its owner immediately, because the feds are involved, while Cliff wants to use it for the air race:

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* DistinctionWithoutADifference: Somewhat subverted, when When Cliff and Peevy first discover the rocket pack, which Peevy thinks they should return to its owner immediately, because the feds are involved, while Cliff wants to use it for the air race:



* DistressedDamsel: Subverted, somewhat, as Jenny does participate in her own rescue.

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* DistressedDamsel: Subverted, somewhat, as Jenny does participate in her own rescue.
6th Feb '17 8:07:41 AM Gosicrystal
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* ActionSurvivor: Cliff.

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* %%* ActionSurvivor: Cliff.



* CoolAirship: The ''Luxembourg''.

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* %%* CoolAirship: The ''Luxembourg''.



* DeathFromAbove: The airship.
* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler:Neville Sinclair.]]

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* %%* DeathFromAbove: The airship.
* %%* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler:Neville Sinclair.]]



* DistinctionWithoutADifference: Somewhat subverted, when Cliff and Peevy first discover the rocket pack, which Peevy thinks they should return to its owner immediately, because the feds are involved, while Cliff wants to use it for the air race:
-->'''Cliff:''' I don't to keep it, I just want to borrow it for a while.\\
'''Peevy:''' Clifford, when you borrow something and you don't tell nobody, they call that stealing, you know.\\
'''Cliff:''' Just a couple of weeks. As soon as we can afford a new plane, we'll give it back, I swear.



* GlamorousWartimeSinger: At the South Seas Club.
* GoSeduceMyArchnemesis

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* %%* GlamorousWartimeSinger: At the South Seas Club.
* %%* GoSeduceMyArchnemesis



* JetPack: The rocket everyone is after.
** Plus the plot consists of thwarting StupidJetpackHitler

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* JetPack: The rocket everyone is after.
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after. Plus the plot consists of thwarting StupidJetpackHitlerStupidJetpackHitler.



* MadeOfIron: Lothar

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* %%* MadeOfIron: LotharLothar.



* MrFixit: Peevy

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* MrFixit: PeevyPeevy.



* {{Newsreel}}
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: Neville Sinclair is an Errol Flynn-style '30s action hero actor who [[spoiler: turns out to be a Nazi spy, killing multiple people (enemy and ally alike) in his quest to steal the jetpack for his Nazi superiors so they can take over the world]].
** He's short-tempered toward the young starlet who kept messing up her takes, got Jenny fired, and stabbed his co-star (not entirely accidentally, it's implied, although he was on-edge by then) when Cliff destroyed the set.

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* %%* {{Newsreel}}
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: Neville Sinclair is an Errol Flynn-style '30s action hero actor who [[spoiler: turns [[spoiler:turns out to be a Nazi spy, killing multiple people (enemy and ally alike) in his quest to steal the jetpack for his Nazi superiors so they can take over the world]].
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world]]. He's short-tempered toward the young starlet who kept messing up her takes, got Jenny fired, and stabbed his co-star (not entirely accidentally, it's implied, although he was on-edge by then) when Cliff destroyed the set.



* NonindicativeName: In fact, everyone keeps calling the device in question "The Rocket" when everything that's shown tells us it's basically a jet engine.
** Completely justified by the fact that in 1938 "jet engine" was something that only few people were aware of and even fewer could have recognized one.
* NoExceptYes: Somewhat subverted, when Cliff and Peevy first discover the rocket pack, which Peevy thinks they should return to its owner immediately, because the feds are involved, while Cliff wants to use it for the air race:
-->'''Cliff:''' I don't to keep it, I just want to borrow it for a while.\\
'''Peevy:''' Clifford, when you borrow something and you don't tell nobody, they call that stealing, you know.\\
'''Cliff:''' Just a couple of weeks. As soon as we can afford a new plane, we'll give it back, I swear.

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* NonindicativeName: In fact, everyone keeps calling the device in question "The Rocket" when everything that's shown tells us it's basically a jet engine.
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engine. Completely justified by the fact that in 1938 "jet engine" was something that only few people were aware of of, and even fewer could have recognized one.
* NoExceptYes: Somewhat subverted, when Cliff and Peevy first discover the rocket pack, which Peevy thinks they should return to its owner immediately, because the feds are involved, while Cliff wants to use it for the air race:
-->'''Cliff:''' I don't to keep it, I just want to borrow it for a while.\\
'''Peevy:''' Clifford, when you borrow something and you don't tell nobody, they call that stealing, you know.\\
'''Cliff:''' Just a couple of weeks. As soon as we can afford a new plane, we'll give it back, I swear.
one.



* NotWearingTights

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* %%* NotWearingTights



* OperaGloves: Jenny

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* OperaGloves: JennyJenny.



* PoliceAreUseless: Until the end, that is.

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* %%* PoliceAreUseless: Until the end, that is.



* StockingFiller: Jenny's first scene.

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* %%* StockingFiller: Jenny's first scene.



* TodayXTomorrowTheWorld: "Heute Europa, Morgen die Welt"

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* TodayXTomorrowTheWorld: "Heute Europa, Morgen die Welt"Welt."



* ThoseWackyNazis

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* %%* ThoseWackyNazis



-->'''Jenny:''' Oh, god, Neville Sinclair's a...\\
'''Sinclair:''' A what? A spy? Saboteur? Fascist? All of the above.

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-->'''Jenny:''' Oh, god, Neville Sinclair's a...\\
'''Sinclair:'''
a...
-->'''Sinclair:'''
A what? A spy? Saboteur? Fascist? All of the above.



* YouKeepUsingThatWord: ''Everyone'' in the movie keeps calling it a "rocket" (Even Howard Hughes who ''built'' the damn thing) despite the fact that ''everything'' we see in the movie marks the device as a jetpack. Although this is [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as in the Thirties the jet engine wasn't exactly commonplace.
** It's actually odder than it seems - the reason NASA has the ''Jet'' Propulsion Lab is because the word was actually used to refer to rockets as well.
* YouMustBeCold

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: ''Everyone'' in the movie keeps calling it a "rocket" (Even (even Howard Hughes who ''built'' the damn thing) despite the fact that ''everything'' we see in the movie marks the device as a jetpack. Although this is [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as in the Thirties the jet engine wasn't exactly commonplace.
** It's actually odder than it seems -
commonplace. And the reason NASA has the ''Jet'' Propulsion Lab is because the word was actually used to refer to rockets as well.
* %%* YouMustBeCold



* AffirmativeActionLegacy: Cliff Secord's successor will be black and female

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* AffirmativeActionLegacy: Cliff Secord's successor will be is black and femalefemale.



* PassingTheTorch

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* %%* PassingTheTorch
10th Dec '16 1:45:59 PM Psychopompos007
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The question Cliff asks to Eddie Valentine about whether he's paid in dollars [[spoiler:or Deutschmarks]] is anachronistic, since it refers to a currency which didn't exist in 1938. [[spoiler: The Deutsche Mark didn't exist until 1948; in 1938, the German currency was named Reichsmark.]]
3rd Nov '16 5:27:29 PM ajbit26
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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The real Howard Hughes wasn't the nice guy the film portrays him as being.
1st Nov '16 12:54:52 AM ajbit26
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Early in the film, mentioned by name, when the FBI and LAPD are chasing after Eddie's goons, one of the FBI agents wishes the "black and white" (the cop car) would get out of the way so he could fire on Eddie's men. After the cop car wrecks, it exposes the agents to Eddie's men's Tommygun.
19th Sep '16 3:15:56 AM JackG
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Added DiffLines:

* NoSell: Sinclair tries to seduce Jenny, but his lines are just dialogue from movies he's acted in. Being a dedicated fan, Jenny quickly realises this.
12th Aug '16 9:40:17 PM Mikeyfan93
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[[SequelGap After 25 years]], the Rocketeer is finally getting a sequel in The Rocketeers! Little is known at the moment except that it will be written by Matt Spicer and Max Winkler and will star a black, female lead.

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[[SequelGap After 25 years]], the Rocketeer is finally getting a sequel in The Rocketeers! sequel, called ''The Rocketeers''. Little is known at the moment except that it will be written by Matt Spicer and Max Winkler and will star a black, female lead.
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