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‘The Rocketeer’ returns to El Capitan with cast and crew

The 20th anniversary of Disney’s serial-spirited adventure ”The Rocketeer” will be celebrated June 21 with a special screening and an exhibit of  props and costumes, as well as a cast and creator reunion panel that will be moderated by filmmaker Kevin Smith. The entire program is being staged by D23, the paid-membership club that offers deeper, prestige access and archival-minded events to Disney fans.

There’s no word yet on the lineup of that panel, but it and the screening will take place at El Capitan Theatre – the same site where the underrated film premiered on June 21, 1991, and marked the movie palace’s grand reopening after a two-year remodeling and restoration that took it back to its gilded, Art Deco origins. “The Rocketeer,” a commercial disappointment at the time of original release, has a bit of extra resonance right now — Far East Movement has a big hit witha song that borrows the title and wild-blue-yonder imagery, and the film’s director, Joe Johnston, is back in retro adventure mode with “Captain America: The First Avenger,” opening in July as one of the big films of the summer. The anniversary event also will be tinged with sadness due to a key absence – Dave Stevens, the creator of “The Rocketeer,” died in 2008 at age 52.

“The Rocketeer” starred Bill Campbell as stunt pilot Cliff Secord, who comes into possession of a jet-rocket backpack that sends him flying into adventure (and comedy). Terry O’Quinn, later known for “Lost,” plays Howard Hughes, and later Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly  captures the playful pinup-girl spirit of the Stevens comic books. The memorable supporting cast also includes a dastardly Timothy Dalton,  Alan Arkin and Paul Sorvino.

After the screening, guests will be invited around the corner to the Hollywood Museum in the oldMax Factor Building, where a special exhibit of “The Rocketeer” props and costumes from the Disney Archive will be on display and limited-edition collectibles will be available for purchase. The price for the panel, screening and exhibit  is $50 per ticket. Fans with a D23 membership can purchase tickets beginning May 2, remaining tickets will be available to the general public beginning May 23.


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Comment by Pilsner Panther on May 6, 2011 at 2:26am
The now-defunct Planet Hollywood restaurant in San Francisco used to have a full-scale model of the Rocketeer in flight, hanging from the ceiling. It might have been a prop that was used in the film. I wonder what happened to it?
Comment by Paul Roman Martinez on May 5, 2011 at 4:44pm
I already got my tickets!
Comment by Doctor Q on May 5, 2011 at 11:07am
This is perhaps the best news I have read all day.  Awesome. 
Comment by Clinton on May 5, 2011 at 3:10am
Seriously, an event commemorating The Rocketeer? Awesome! I loved the movie as a kid when they played it on Disney Channel all the time in the early 90s. I know it was considered a flop at the time(bad luck at opening the same weekend as Terminator 2), but I guess it gives the film a bit of a cult status, because it's a hell of a fun dieselpunk movie. It also has one of the best soundtracks of all time! Seriously, I can't listen to that theme without feeling inspired.

Also, I did not know that Kevin Smith was a fan of the movie. That's really cool.
Comment by Cameron Henry on May 5, 2011 at 2:31am


I Like the Roeckteer :)

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