Rocket Gibraltar (1988)

“He’s just weird.” – Max

“Blue’s got this thing. He’s psychotic.” – Dawn

“Definitley.” – Kane

“No, I mean he’s psychic. He knows stuff.” – Dawn

Number of Times Seen – at least three times (Cable in the 80’s and 8 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The patriarch of a family invites his children and grandchildren to come visit for the weekend in order to celebrate his birthday.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing a few times as a kid on cable and enjoyed it quite a lot back then.

I as excited to watch this again and see if my memory of things held up.

This is a great film that is a really good example of a film that revolves around a family reunion.

They find a way to develop that various characters really well and we get to learn so much about the different quirks of each of the characters along the way.

The cast of this movie is superb and we get to see many famous actors before they were familiar faces take part in this; Macaulay Culkin, Suzy Amis, Patricia Clarkson, John Glover, Bill Pullman, Kevin Spacey and David Hyde Pierce are all fun to see here.

Burt Lancaster plays the lead here as the patriarch of the family and does a wonderful job with the grandfather-y role.

The story itself works on numerous levels and we get a very natural feel for the family dynamics of this “clan” as the story moves along at a nice and leisurely pace with much deliberate purpose.

The story is a blend of a heart warming tale along with bits and pieces that are familiar and relevant to most families.

They also find a way to show the different kinds of pitfalls one encounters when with family yet at the same time, we also get to see how family can find a way to uplift the spirit along the way.

The dialogue is fun and poignant the whole way through and comes across as feeling quite realistic.

The film manages to give a very nostalgic feel for a family reunion.

Bottom Line – Great film that is a nice example of a film about a family reunion. They manage to develop all of the various characters quite well and we get to learn about the different quirks that each individual has along the way. The cast is superb even if many of them were not well known at the time. The story works on numerous levels and we get to really feel this family dynamic as the story moves along at a leisurely pace but with purpose.  The story is a heartwarming tale of both the pitfalls of family and the way that family can uplift the spirit at the same time.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Pam Grier had a role as a housekeeper who was having a relationship with Levi (Burt Lancaster) but her scenes were deleted. According to Grier’s autobiography, the director “feared repercussions from the interracial love scenes”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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