TMR 021 – The Rocketeer

Total Movie Recall Steve Albertson Ryan Mixson podcast movie nostalgia film cinema The Rocketeer (1991) d. Joe Johnston Starring: Billy Campbell Jennifer Connelly Timothy Dalton Alan Arkin Paul Sorvino Art Deco Howard Hughes Nazi nazis

The Rocketeer (1991)

d. Joe Johnston

Billy Campbell
Jennifer Connelly
Timothy Dalton
Alan Arkin
Paul Sorvino

This week on TMR, we flash back to the Art Deco past and get into a big fight about… well, exactly what Art Deco is. A movie about a remarkably mentally healthy Howard Hughes; angelic, heavenly creature Jennifer Connelly; an underrated James Bond turns in an underrated villain performance; and huge Nazi blimps fly over Los Angeles and NO ONE EVEN NOTICES. We watched 1991’s would-be franchise beginning “The Rocketeer.”

Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) is a cocky stunt pilot in love with a beautiful actress, Jenny Blake (Jennifer Connelly). When he discovers a jet pack hidden in a biplane, Cliff straps on the rocket, dons a flashy helmet and becomes the high-flying hero known as The Rocketeer. But when Nazis want to use the rocket as a weapon, Cliff must use his alter ego to both protect Jenny from an evil actor (Timothy Dalton) and save the day in this period adventure based on the comic books by Dave Stevens.

Things discussed in the show:

Los Angeles

The RevenantLeonard DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

Saving Private Ryan

Citizen Kane, The African Queen, Taxi Driver

The Leftovers – Liv Tyler

Damon LindelofLost, Prometheus

DeadwoodDavid Milch, Timothy Olyphant


Battle Royale, Jessica Jones

Dick Tracy

The Rocketeer (comic)Betty Paige

Howard Hughes

Rick and MortyBack to the Future

Captain America

Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Kevin Costner, Matthew Modine, Dennis Quaid, Kurt Russell, Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton, Johnny Depp, Emilio Estevez

Men at Work

Project Greenlight


Darren AronofskyPiRequiem for Dream


Edward Scissorhands

Margo Martindale, Clint Howard, Terry O’Quinn, Melora Hardin (The Office), Paul Sorvino, John Polito

The Crow

Danny DeVito

Art Deco


Steampunk, Diesel-punk, CyberpunkAbraham Lincoln with a gatling gun arm

Mad Max


Fighter planesthe Allison engine, F-4 Corsair, P40 Tomahawk

Snoopy, Calvin and Hobbes

Home Alone

L.A. Confidential

Errol Flynn


The Phantom of the Opera

Nazi rocketmen propaganda film

The Hindenburg

Superman (1950s)Lex Luther

Iron Man, The Punisher, Captain America, Hawkeye, Batman, The Joker, Bane

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Richard Donner

Next week: The Goonies

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