Plot & Details
On the occasion of wealthy patriarch Burt Lancaster's 77th birthday, his Long Island home is invaded by well-meaning family members. Lancaster is bored by the well-meaning interference of his grown children, but he thrives on the company of his grandchildren, especially 5-year-old Macaulay Culkin (in a terrific pre-star performance). To the kids, Lancaster reveals what he really wants as a birthday present: an old-fashioned Viking funeral! From this point on, the ending of Rocket Gibraltar is a "done deal", but getting there is all the fun. A superb, hand-picked cast--including Suzy Amis, Sinead Cusack, John Glover, Bill Pullman and Kevin Spacey -does full justice to Amos Poe's whimsical, often deeply touching script.
- Genre(s): Comedy,Drama
- Run Time: 99min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 09/02/1988
- DVD Release Date: 09/16/2003
- Distributor(s): Columbia Pictures
- Director(s): Daniel Petrie
- Starring: Burt Lancaster , Suzy Amis , Patricia Clarkson , Frances Conroy , Sinéad Cusack
- Themes: Family Gatherings,Generation Gap
- Tone: Heartwarming,Affectionate,Autumnal,Bittersweet,Poignant,Whimsical
- Keywords: birthday, blacklist, daughter, family, film-director, funeral, grandchildren, grandson, patriarch, son, writer
- Country of Origin: USA (09-02-1988)
- Language: English