Rocket Gibraltar

Directed By: Daniel Petrie Starring: Burt Lancaster

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If you liked "Local Hero" or "The Legend of Roan Innish" you will love this movie. I don't want to give away any of the plot but it is about these kids trying to do what Grampa wanted.... If you saw the movie, you would know what I mean....

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on 8/19/2003

If you liked "Local Hero" or "The Legend of Roan Innish" you will love this movie. I don't want to give away any of the plot but it is about these kids trying to do what Grampa wanted.... If you saw the movie, you would know what I mean.... Read More

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Product Overview

An old patriarch unites for his birthday all members of his family. But the group of people is full of personal and social problems.


Studio Sony
SKU 40226111
UPC 043396101456
UPC 14 00043396101456
Format DVD
Release Date 9/16/2003
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In director Daniel Petrie's ROCKET GIBRALTAR, the affluent and somewhat eccentric Rockwell clan gets together in honor of Levi (Burt Lancaster), the family's patriarch, on his 77th birthday. Reunited on the shores of Levi's idyllic Saggaponack home, his children and their large brood of grandchildren prepare themselves for a festive celebration. While Levi spends his time leisurely reminiscing about family traditions, his adult children pursue various obsessions such as sex, baseball, and movie production. Costars include Kevin Spacey (in an early screen appearance), Bill Pullman, John Glover, Patricia Clarkson, Suzy Amis, Sinéad Cusack, and Frances Conroy as Levi's various children and their spouses, a wild crew of neurotic and self-obsessed yuppies eager to please the sentimental Rockwell patriarch. As the large family spends the weekend together, they revel in past joys and memories of their youth and prepare for the big event while engaging in ever-present sibling rivalry and marital squabbles. But as a surprise, Levi's grandchildren (including a very young Macaulay Culkin in his film debut) have come up with a rather moving and unorthodox present to honor Levi's most cherished wish in a touching and insightful finale to this quiet family drama that relishes the youthful exuberance and imaginative creativity of childhood.
Plot Summary
Summary To celebrate Levi Rockwell's 77th birthday, his children and grandchildren return to his home on the shores of Saggaponack. What begins as a joyful day turns into a moving event as the grandchildren honor Levi's most cherished wish.
New York Times "...A heart-tugging tale of simple values....Lancaster gives a wonderful performance..." 09/02/1988 p.C6
Los Angeles Times "...A heartening film....[Lancaster] gives Levi a touch of majesty, a grace and gravity, a sense of being ethereal, yet rooted to the earth..." 09/02/1988 p.C6
Daniel Petrie
Burt Lancaster
Cast & Crew
John Glover - Actor
Suzy Amis - Actor
Bill Pullman - Actor
Burt Lancaster - Actor
Kevin Spacey - Actor
Macauley Culkin - Actor
Jost Vacano - Cinematographer
Daniel Petrie - Director
Melody London - Editor
Robert Fisher - Executive Producer
Andrew Powell - Musical Score
Jeff Weiss - Producer
Bill Groom - Production Designer
Amos Poe - Writer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 10056
UPC 00043396101456
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Korean
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio, English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Lancaster,Burt
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
$70.62 + $4.24 shipping
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