History Film / TheRocketeer

8th Sep '17 8:45:53 PM NOYB
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A 1991 Creator/{{Disney}} [[note]]released as ''Walt Disney Pictures'' in North America and ''Creator/TouchstonePictures'' overseas[[/note]] live-action film, adapted from [[ComicBook/TheRocketeer Dave Stevens' series of comic books]], ''The Rocketeer'' follows the adventures of its titular hero: stunt pilot Cliff Secord, who uses a serendipitously found experimental rocket pack to fight crime in [[TheThirties 1938]] UsefulNotes/LosAngeles.

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A 1991 Creator/{{Disney}} [[note]]released as ''Walt Disney Pictures'' in North America and ''Creator/TouchstonePictures'' overseas[[/note]] live-action film, adapted from [[ComicBook/TheRocketeer Dave Stevens' Stevens's series of comic books]], ''The Rocketeer'' follows the adventures of its titular hero: stunt pilot Cliff Secord, who uses a serendipitously found experimental rocket pack to fight crime in [[TheThirties 1938]] UsefulNotes/LosAngeles.



** For obvious reasons, Dave Stevens' fanservice drawings of women in skimpy clothing didn't quite make the cut.

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** For obvious reasons, Dave Stevens' Stevens's fanservice drawings of women in skimpy clothing didn't quite make the cut.
2nd Aug '17 8:49:24 AM Divra
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* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Justified. The rocket pack we see ''is'' the prototype; Howard Hughes ''burns'' the plans ten minutes into the movie, but Peevy draws new ones, with plans to build an improved version.

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* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Justified. The rocket pack we see ''is'' the prototype; Howard Hughes ''burns'' the plans ten minutes into the movie, but Peevy draws new ones, with plans to build an improved version. It's also worth noting that the prototype ''didn't'' work before Peevy tweaked the design.
12th Jul '17 10:34:10 AM xcountryguy
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** 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.]]

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** 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 [[spoiler:The Deutsche Mark didn't exist until 1948; in 1938, the German currency was named Reichsmark.]]



* BondOneLiner: Jenny delivers one after [[spoiler: clocking Neville as part of her attempt to seduce him and escape]].
--> '''Jenny''': ''(Zips up her dress)'' [[spoiler: I finally played a scene with Neville Sinclair.]]

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* BondOneLiner: Jenny delivers one after [[spoiler: clocking [[spoiler:clocking Neville as part of her attempt to seduce him and escape]].
--> '''Jenny''': ''(Zips up her dress)'' [[spoiler: I [[spoiler:I finally played a scene with Neville Sinclair.]]



* EvilBrit: Neville Sinclair. [[spoiler: Subverted -- it turns out he's actually German.]]

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* EvilBrit: Neville Sinclair. [[spoiler: Subverted [[spoiler:Subverted -- it turns out he's actually German.]]



** The newsreel that's playing as Cliff and Jenny arrive at the cinema for their date takes on significance at the end [[spoiler: when it's revealed the Nazis are behind everything, and the Zeppelin being touted in the reel shows up loaded with Nazi commandos.]]

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** The newsreel that's playing as Cliff and Jenny arrive at the cinema for their date takes on significance at the end [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when it's revealed the Nazis are behind everything, and the Zeppelin being touted in the reel shows up loaded with Nazi commandos.]]



* OffingTheAnnoyance: The [[spoiler: Gestapo officer]] who spends all of his screen time screaming furiously at Sinclair is just ''begging'' for Sinclair to get fed up and shoot him out of a Zeppelin.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: In-universe: [[spoiler: at the end, after Sinclair has been exposed as a Nazi spy, his natural German accent begins increasingly slipping through his otherwise hitherto impeccable English accent as he gets more frustrated with things, until he ends up just doing a full AccentRelapse.]]

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* OffingTheAnnoyance: The [[spoiler: Gestapo [[spoiler:Gestapo officer]] who spends all of his screen time screaming furiously at Sinclair is just ''begging'' for Sinclair to get fed up and shoot him out of a Zeppelin.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: In-universe: [[spoiler: at [[spoiler:at the end, after Sinclair has been exposed as a Nazi spy, his natural German accent begins increasingly slipping through his otherwise hitherto impeccable English accent as he gets more frustrated with things, until he ends up just doing a full AccentRelapse.]]



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

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%%* * PoliceAreUseless: Until The police don't really get involved until they show up during the end, that is.standoff between the Nazis and the mob.



* ProtagonistTitle
* PunchClockVillain: Eddie Valentine, kind of -- he is a professional gangster, but he's only interested in the rocket because he's getting paid to get it by Sinclair and clearly doesn't particularly like him very much. [[spoiler: Even before he discovers Sinclair's a Nazi.]]

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* ProtagonistTitle
ProtagonistTitle: The Rocketeer himself.
* PunchClockVillain: Eddie Valentine, kind of -- he is a professional gangster, but he's only interested in the rocket because he's getting paid to get it by Sinclair and clearly doesn't particularly like him very much. [[spoiler: Even [[spoiler:Even before he discovers Sinclair's a Nazi.]]



* WouldHitAGirl: Neville, [[spoiler: especially when he's no longer hiding the fact he's a Nazi.]]

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* WouldHitAGirl: Neville, [[spoiler: especially [[spoiler:especially when he's no longer hiding the fact he's a Nazi.]]
6th Jul '17 6:37:14 PM PaulA
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* DumbMuscle: Lothar is an aversion. Despite looking the type, he's a competent thug and shown to be even WickedCultured.

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* DumbMuscle: DumbMuscle:
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Lothar is an aversion. Despite looking the type, he's a competent thug and shown to be even WickedCultured.
6th Jul '17 5:58:04 PM Taskmaster123
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** Also averted with Eddie's men. He clearly makes it a point to surround himself with people who are not only loyal, but smart. They're capable of thinking quickly on their feet and dealing with unexpected situations. This is made clear during the confrontation when Cliff accuses Neville of being a Nazi. While Neville is denying it and trying to sweet-talk Eddie, Lothar tries to inconspicuously reach into his pockets for his gun. He stops when one of Eddie's men, acting without even a word from Eddie, shoves the barrel of a Tommy Gun into his ribs. "Relax, Frankenstein. You ain't bulletproof." Like Eddie, each of his men has quickly figured out they're being played for suckers. And like Eddie. ''they don't work for no Nazis.''



* Mooks: Averted with Eddie's men. He clearly makes it a point to surround himself with people who are not only loyal, but smart. They're capable of thinking quickly on their feet and dealing with unexpected situations. This is made clear during the confrontation when Cliff accuses Neville of being a Nazi. While Neville is denying it and trying to sweet-talk Eddie, Lothar tries to inconspicuously reach into his pockets for his gun. He stops when one of Eddie's men, acting without even a word from Eddie, shoves the barrel of a Tommy Gun into his ribs. "Relax, Frankenstein. You ain't bulletproof." Like Eddie, each of his men has quickly figured out they're being played for suckers. And like Eddie. ''they don't work for no Nazis.''
6th Jul '17 5:55:49 PM Taskmaster123
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* Mooks: Averted with Eddie's men. He clearly makes it a point to surround himself with people who are not only loyal, but smart. They're capable of thinking quickly on their feet and dealing with unexpected situations. This is made clear during the confrontation when Cliff accuses Neville of being a Nazi. While Neville is denying it and trying to sweet-talk Eddie, Lothar tries to inconspicuously reach into his pockets for his gun. He stops when one of Eddie's men, acting without even a word from Eddie, shoves the barrel of a Tommy Gun into his ribs. "Relax, Frankenstein. You ain't bulletproof." Like Eddie, each of his men has quickly figured out they're being played for suckers. And like Eddie. ''they don't work for no Nazis.''
13th Jun '17 9:44:18 PM nombretomado
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* AcePilot: Played straight with Cliff, a stunt pilot; implied as the backstory for Malcolm, allegedly a WorldWarOne ace, but now in his dotage.

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* AcePilot: Played straight with Cliff, a stunt pilot; implied as the backstory for Malcolm, allegedly a WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI ace, but now in his dotage.



* AlternateHistory: But only ''slightly'' so. Everything's mostly the same as it was in our 1938, except [[spoiler:Howard Hughes has invented a jetpack, the Germans still use zeppelins, and the Hollywoodland sign ends up losing the "-land" eleven years early]]. The later parts of the movies also hint of [[spoiler:WorldWarII starting off differently and the rocket's blueprints technically out in the open]].

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* AlternateHistory: But only ''slightly'' so. Everything's mostly the same as it was in our 1938, except [[spoiler:Howard Hughes has invented a jetpack, the Germans still use zeppelins, and the Hollywoodland sign ends up losing the "-land" eleven years early]]. The later parts of the movies also hint of [[spoiler:WorldWarII [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/WorldWarII starting off differently and the rocket's blueprints technically out in the open]].
13th Jun '17 4:45:25 PM Nightsky
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Believe it or not, ridiculously-shaped buildings like the Bulldog Cafe really ''did'' exist; they were something of a fad in midcentury UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. Perhaps the most famous is the Brown Derby restaurant, a stars' hangout in old-time Hollywood and the place where the Cobb salad was invented. Since they were built for novelty, not durability, most are gone--but a handful survive, most notably [[http://randys-donuts.com/frame.html Randy's Donuts]] of Inglewood, which is shaped like a giant donut.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Believe it or not, ridiculously-shaped buildings like the Bulldog Cafe really ''did'' exist; they were something of a fad in midcentury UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. Perhaps the most famous is the Brown Derby restaurant, a stars' hangout in old-time Hollywood and the place where the Cobb salad was invented. Since they were built for novelty, not durability, most are gone--but a handful survive, most notably [[http://randys-donuts.com/frame.html [[http://randysdonuts.com/photos/ Randy's Donuts]] of Inglewood, which is shaped like a giant donut.



* CoolAirship: The ''Luxembourg'', presumably touring the U.S. for [[BlatantLies peaceful purposes]].

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* CoolAirship: The ''Luxembourg'', presumably ostensibly touring the U.S. for [[BlatantLies peaceful purposes]].



%%* LookMaNoPlane

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%%* LookMaNoPlane* LookMaNoPlane: During Cliff's first flight, he encounters a plane full of startled people. He even attempts a salute.



%%* MiddleManagementMook: Eddie Valentine.

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%%* * MiddleManagementMook: Eddie Valentine.Valentine, leader of the Valentine Gang; he and his gang have been hired by Sinclair.



%%* {{Newsreel}}

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%%* {{Newsreel}}* {{Newsreel}}: Important exposition is given by the newsreel that Cliff and Jenny watch at the theater.
4th May '17 2:43:27 PM TheFarmboy
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'''Sinclair:''' Who do you think they'll believe? A cheap crook, or the number three box-office star in America?\\

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'''Sinclair:''' [[ScrewTheRulesImFamous Who do you think they'll believe? A cheap crook, or the number three box-office star in America?\\America?]]\\



* ScrewTheRulesImFamous: Neville Sinclair gloats about this when his gangster henchman threatens to squeal:
-->'''Valentine:''' Hey, Sinclair, if the Feds get me, I'm takin' you with me. I'm gonna tell 'em everything.
-->'''Sinclair:''' Who do you think they'd believe? A cheap crook or the number three box-office star in America?

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* ScrewTheRulesImFamous: Neville Sinclair gloats about this when his gangster henchman threatens to squeal:
-->'''Valentine:''' Hey, Sinclair, if the Feds get me, I'm takin' you with me. I'm gonna tell 'em everything.
-->'''Sinclair:''' Who do you think they'd believe? A cheap crook or the number three box-office star in America?
squeal.
4th May '17 2:42:22 PM TheFarmboy
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* ScrewTheRulesImFamous: Neville Sinclair gloats about this when his gangster henchman threatens to squeal:
-->'''Valentine:''' Hey, Sinclair, if the Feds get me, I'm takin' you with me. I'm gonna tell 'em everything.
-->'''Sinclair:''' Who do you think they'd believe? A cheap crook or the number three box-office star in America?
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