Rockets Redglare was a brilliant actor, seasoned con artist, best friend and bad influence. Though he never held a day job, Rockets counted actor (for directors such as Jim Jarmusch, Gus Van Sant and Steve Buscemi), model (for Julian Schanbel), bodyguard (to Jean Micheal Bisquiat), stand-up comedian (including a comedy show with Steve Buscemi and Mark Boone, jr.) and drug dealer (to Sid Vicious) among his crowning achievements, resulting in a life that even the highest-paid Hollywood screenwriter could never concoct.
Rockets' story is told with a little help from his friends including Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, Jim Jarmusch, Julian Schnanbel, Gary Ray, Nick Zedd and Rene Heras.
Rockets appeared in over 30 films including Stranger Than Paradise, In The Soup, Big and Desperately Seeking Susan. Interviews and archival footage of his stand-up performances take us into his world where irreverent comedy and a lust for life is simultaneously his triumph and downfall. He has traveled through some of the darkest worlds of decadence that have ever existed in New York City and struggles to find humor and dignity within. His fight to survive the emotional consequences of a traumatic childhood and live, despite the physical damage from years of alcohol, heroin and methadone, is his ultimate battle.
Jennifer M. Wood, MovieMaker Magazine - April 2003
"In his new documentary, Luis Fernandez de la Reguera probes the identity of a man who was, by turn, a brilliant actor, seasoned con artist, best friend and bad influence."
"Don't miss! The titular local legend - a character actor for Jarmusch and Lower East Side mainstay - receives a fittingly affectionate, posthumous tribute."
"The film's greatest asset is Redglare's own skill as a raconteur. With an unbridled honesty that just skirts the maudlin, he makes us understand what drives a man to schedule his sleep around his drinking habits while letting his weight balloon. It helps if you were born the smack-addicted child of a junkie mother, watched your gangster father and uncle murder a man before your eyes and went on to be sexually abused at an early age by your landlady. At least she paid him for the privilege. Addicts always exaggerate, but if only half of Redglare's accounts are factual, his was an odyssey like few others."