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Captain America (1979)

TV-PG | | Action, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 19 January 1979
A recipient of an experimental body enhancement chemical retaliates against his would be killers as a star spangled superhero.

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Len Birman ...
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Dr. Wendy Day (as Heather Menzies)
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Tina Hayden
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Rudy Sandrini
Lance LeGault ...
Harley (as Lance Le Gault)
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Charles Barber
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Lou Brackett
Chip Johnson ...
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James Ingersoll ...
Lester Wiant
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Jeff Haden
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When a commercial artist is almost murdered by spies looking for his late father's secrets, he is saved in surgery when the FLAG formula is injected into him. This serum not only healed him but also gave him tremendous strength and lightening reflexes. To help him retaliate for his attack, a government agency equipments him with a special motorcycle loaded with gadgets and a detachable shield is not only bulletproof, but can be thrown as a offensive returning weapon. Thus armed, he battles against the nation's enemies as the Sentinel of Liberty, Captain America. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Dr. Mills states that the test rat's body is rejecting the FLAG serum. But this is impossible: human steroids would be chemically similar or identical to rodent steroids - there would be little if any rejection. - The FLAG serum was designed using cells from Steve's dad and so was engineered to work specifically for his genetic structure, which is why they asked Steve to take the serum instead of finding someone else. See more »

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Dr. Simon Mills: Steve, I wonder if you have any idea what a tragedy it was when your father died. Now I mean of course not just for youself, but for this entire nation.
Steve Rogers: Maybe I don't. But he was my dad and I loved him. And then one day he was gone. And all I had left was a letter from the President, a man I didn't even know.
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Wow, do I hate this movie
4 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first "Captain America" movie wasn't the bad movie made in 1991. It was actually an even worse (at least for me) TV movie made in 1979. This is easily the worst thing I have yet to sit through for Superhero Month. The worst thing about this movie is that Captain America in uniform doesn't even appear until three fourths into the actual movie. Okay, they did the same thing with "Power Rangers" but the difference was that that movie was much better acted and at least got the mythology right. This film is more or less Captain American in name only. Most of us know Captain America as a World War II soldier.

This movie does not feature World War II or have anything to do with fighting Nazis or anything like that. It's a very basic concept of a popular character and people should know how to get it right. The Red Skull is arguably the most evil villain in the history of fiction, but we don't even get to see him in this. At least the 1991 movie got the mythology right. It still looked like it was made in the 1970's and this, well was made in the 1970's so it has that excuse. This movie features Steve Rogers as someone who gets the super soldier serum after being in an accident.

Is there any explanation as to why this wasn't mass produced? In the original story, the creator died so only Steve was able to get the serum. There are numerous times where he's referred to as "Mr. Rogers". The fact that you would even use a term as wonderful as Mr. Rogers in a film this horrible is an insult to Fred Rogers. This is the most boring superhero film ever made, with repeated shots of him riding his motorcycle and a helicopter just flying around. The talking goes on forever and I don't even care if any of these guys were characters from the comics. There's a reason this movie is relatively obscure. *


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