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.
Before the film, there will be a presentation from Edward Eyth, an Orlando-based creative director, designer, sculptor and visual arts educator. He has provided concept design and storyboards for major Hollywood films including “The Rocketeer,” “Back to the Future,” “Hook,” “Arachnophobia,” and “The Happytime Murders,” a Jim Henson Company film scheduled for release this August. Eyth was hired to generate ideas for sets, props and storyboards for the Disney film “the Rocketeer.” The first effort involved creating concept art to inform fabrication of a full size replica of the rocket pack depicted in Dave Stevens’ graphic novel “The Rocketeer,” that the film was based on. The resulting rocketpack was true to Dave’s design, but it fell short of looking like it could actually lift a grown man off the ground in a believable way. So dozens of iterations of rocketpack configurations were explored, as the design evolved to a ‘twin rocket’ format and finally the Cirrus X-3 rocketpack featured in the film. Eyth will present some of his concept art and explain the pre-production process that brought this cult classic to the big screen.
USA, 1991, 108 minutes, Rated PG, Directed by Joe Johnston