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

April 27, 2011 | 10:28 a.m.

This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.

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.

rocketeer logo The Rocketeer returns to El Capitan with cast and crew 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 with a 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 old Max 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.

For the record, 11:57 a.m. April 27:  An earlier version of this post said you had to be a D23 member to buy tickets.  Membership is required to take part in the pre-sale of tickets.

— Geoff Boucher

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

  1. Brett says:

    Outstanding. It's a shame that Dave Stevens couldn't be here to see this. I saw "The Rocketeer" at the El Capitan when ti had its initial theatrical run – what a great place to see it!

  2. Jon says:

    This would be cool if Disney wasn't acting like they've always cared about this film just to make $50 bucks a head. This has always been a great film and has always been ignored by the company! D23 is a joke!

    • Ke7inHeads says:

      $50 a head hardly covers the cost of staging this type of event and the exhibit. I don't even understand how you mean they didn't care about this movie. They cared about it enough to make it. They promoted it. For years in Hollywood Studios in Florida they had the costume on display as well as The Diner shaped like a bulldog, both on the backlot tour. It's not like they disowned the movie or anything. If no one went to see it what else are they supposed to do? I say good job Disney for reintroducing us to an underrated flick!

  3. BSaa says:

    Blu-ray please

  4. Peter says:

    Why not invite a real rocketeer from the 60's, who flew with real rocketbelts??
    Contact me if you guys are interested

  5. Mark says:

    Wow. Almost considering a flight to America for this. What a wonderful, underrated movie this is, and James Horner's finest score too.

  6. Rene van den Abeelen says:

    Ah, the Rocketeer… great story & a great film! I've made figurines of the flying man that I'm still proud of.
    (http://www.renevandenabeelen.net/beeldjes.html near the bottom) and I still have the comics and the albums. Must be absolutely great to be there on june 21 !
    And indeed: Blu-ray… YES!!!

  7. Steven Moshlak says:

    Bill Boyett has a small part in this picture and did a lot of acting for many years. His passing will surely be missed.

    Terry O’Quinn plays a very effective Howard Hughes. I enjoyed the scene where he tells Boyett's character, "I don't work for the government. I cooperate at my discretion!"

    One glaring but creative mistake, is the scene where Hughes has a model of the HK-1 at one of his hangers. The timing was off, since this was pre-WWII for the US entry, 1939 and Henry Kaiser and Howard Hughes hadn't even talked about it..

  8. John says:

    On Blu-ray please!

  9. Jean says:

    Does anyone know which cast members will be attending this event?

  10. JiminyCESQ says:

    My guess would be they will film the panel discussion for the blu ray release. I think $50 is a bargain price for this, I am a member and will be getting my ticket Monday! Especially considering the other museum is thrown in. Just wish parking was free or that I could fly in with my own rocket pack and avoid the *!#$& Hollywood traffic. Plus it will be light late! I'm jazzed! And if anyone has never seen the El Capitan, well, go for another film at least – really appreciate the D23 team and Disney management recognizing 20 years of the theater as well as the film.

  11. steve says:

    I first saw it here when it opened 20 years ago. time sure flies. it would be nice just to be able to see the movie for 10 – 12 dollars per ticket. With a family of 4 at $50 a head. I have to pass. please put it on bluray please with a proper restoration

  12. Heat Death says:

    Have you seen this new poster for the event?

  13. Heat Death says:

    Director Joe Johnston now confirmed for the panel! http://www.insidethemagic.net/2011/06/disney-d23-

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