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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Another hidden gem with an adorable, baby-faced MaCauley Culkin, the legendary Burt Lancaster, and a bevy of other great supporting actors including Kevin Spacey. This film encompasses family, life and; death, rites of passage, and a list of other threads to build a simple, heartwarming cinematc memory.
This movie was a collection of loosely connected character experiences. In many cases they are never connected to the story again. The dialogue, especially from the children, is horribly artificial. The premise, an old man's connection to his family, is fine but it gets lost in the general disorganization of the movie. A waste for a group of fine actors.