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Director:
Writers:
Don Ingalls (teleplay)
Don Ingalls (story) ...
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Release Date:
19 January 1979 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A recipient of an experimental body enhancement chemical retaliates against his would be killers as a star spangled superhero. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Reb Brown ... Captain America / Steve Rogers
Len Birman ... Dr. Simon Mills

Heather Menzies-Urich ... Dr. Wendy Day (as Heather Menzies)

Robin Mattson ... Tina Hayden

Joseph Ruskin ... Rudy Sandrini
Lance LeGault ... Harley (as Lance Le Gault)
Frank Marth ... Charles Barber

Steve Forrest ... Lou Brackett
Chip Johnson ... Jerry
James Ingersoll ... Lester Wiant

Jim B. Smith ... F.B.I. Assistant
Jason Wingreen ... Surgeon
June Dayton ... Secretary
Diana Webster ... Nurse
Dan Barton ... Jeff Haden
Ken Chandler ... 1st Doctor
Buster Jones ... Anesthetist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nocana Aranda ... Throckmorton (uncredited)
Michael McManus ... Ortho (uncredited)
Lonnie Pense ... Wino in Park (uncredited)

Directed by
Rod Holcomb 
 
Writing credits
Don Ingalls (teleplay)

Don Ingalls (story) and
Chester Krumholz (story)

Jack Kirby  characters (uncredited)
Joe Simon  characters (uncredited)

Produced by
Allan Balter .... executive producer
Martin M. Goldstein .... associate producer (as Martin Goldstein)
 
Original Music by
Pete Carpenter 
Mike Post 
 
Cinematography by
Ronald W. Browne (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael S. Murphy 
 
Casting by
Joe Reich  (as Joseph Z. Reich)
 
Art Direction by
Louis Montejano  (as Lou Montejano)
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Reams  (as Rich Reams)
 
Costume Design by
Charles Waldo 
 
Production Management
Jack Stubbs .... unit production manager (as D. Jack Stubbs)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Connors .... first assistant director (as Tom Connors III)
Mark R. Schilz .... second assistant director (as Mark Schilz)
 
Sound Department
Bruce Bell .... sound effects editor
William Griffith .... sound (as Bill Griffith)
 
Stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Jean Coulter .... stunts (uncredited)
Tim Culbertson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Reggie Newkirk .... key first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Archer .... costume supervisor
Jerry Herrin .... assistant to costume designer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ted Roberts .... music editor
 
Other crew
Stan Lee .... consultant
 

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Runtime:
120 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Goofs:
Continuity: The view from the front of the truck has the same hill in the background in many shots.See more »
Quotes:
Tina Hayden:How can I thank you?
Captain America:Just be happy.
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It was the 1970's..., 5 August 2011
Author: flapdoodle64 from Portland, OR, United States

The pacing, fight scenes, and vehicular chases of this Made-For-TV-Movie/Pilot Film are classic examples of the style, production values and technology used by commercial TV of the 1970's. One who is not familiar with CHIPs, Dukes of Hazard, or Starsky and Hutch and their ilk is not in a position to fairly evaluate the quality of this opus.

Having said that, however, I must admit this film makes the Bill Bixby 'Incredible Hulk' TV-movie look like Citizen Kane by comparison.

We might as well hit the flaws first:

Stolen elements from the 6 Million Dollar Man, especially usage of a goofy sound effect every time Our Hero uses his super strength.

Our Hero seems only able to change into his Capt. America suit by means of getting into his van, mounting his cycle, and shooting out the back doors in a burst of smoke. Potentially an enjoyable gimmick, this would soon prove awkward over time.

Our Hero's costume leaves a lot to be desired. The whole thin about wearing his motorcycle helmet when he is off the bike seems pretty awkward. And the suit he wears during the main action of the film is needlessly changed from the original, as though the Village People had redesigned Cap's suit.

Now the biggest problem. Reb Brown, although likable and certainly muscular, has to be among the worst actors to be ever seriously considered as the star of a weekly TV series. Inexperienced thespians with dreams of glory should view this film so as to see just how hard the untalented and untrained can struggle in order to deliver the simplest and most basic of lines. (Amazingly, a 2nd pilot film was made after this, and Reb Brown's performance improved to the point where it was almost possible to imagine him being at some future date somehow employed somewhere in the television industry.)

Now let us move onto the more favorable aspects. A lot of people have problems with the fact the producers created a new back story for Cap, but I could accept that as this back story was interesting and could, perhaps, have been mined later on for dramatic material.

The supporting cast is good here, and the idea of Cap working with some scientist/intelligence types had lots of story potential and is similar to the way Cap in the comics works for a super spy organization called SHIELD.

I especially enjoyed the smoking-hot Heather Menzies, who wears a nice bathing suit in one scene. She played one of the Von Trapp kids in 'Sound of Music'...in an interesting coincidence, Nicholas Hammond, who played Spider-Man on TV around this time, had also played a Von Trapp kid...funny, that.

Overall and despite its shortcomings, this film can be a pleasurable nostalgia trip for those of us who grew up in the 1970's and still love that kind of cheese, and I think kids will also enjoy this. There are vehicular chases and crashes, espionage, fights, a cool super motorcycle, and some superheroic type action...the kinds of things one might need to see on his TV on a certain kind of day, the kind of spiritual comfort food one sometimes needs in these days where everybody takes superheroes way, way too seriously.

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