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23 November 1979 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Reb Brown ... Captain America / Steve Rogers

Connie Sellecca ... Dr. Wendy Day
Len Birman ... Dr. Simon Mills

Christopher Lee ... Miguel
Katherine Justice ... Helen Moore
Christopher Cary ... Professor Ian Ilson

William Lucking ... Stader (as Bill Lucking)

Stanley Kamel ... Kramer

Ken Swofford ... Everett Bliss

Lana Wood ... Yolanda
Arthur Rosenberg ... Doctor
William Mims ... Dr. J. Brenner (as Bill Mims)
Alex Hyde-White ... Young Man
Lachelle Chamberlain ... Young Girl
Susan French ... Mrs. Shaw
John Waldron ... Peter Moore
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Timothy O'Hagan ... Cal (uncredited)

Directed by
Ivan Nagy 
Writing credits
Wilton Schiller (written by) &
Patricia Payne (written by)

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
Vincent A. Martinelli (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael S. Murphy 
Casting by
Joe Reich 
Art Direction by
David L. Snyder 
Set Decoration by
Robert George Freer 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Wood 
Production Management
Ralph S. Singleton .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick A. Duffy .... first assistant director (as Pat Duffy)
Rod Holcomb .... second unit director
Steven P. Saeta .... second assistant director (as Steven Saeta)
Barry Wetherby .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Bruce Bell .... sound effects editor
Jerry Smith .... sound (as Jerry E. Smith)
Tim Culbertson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Reggie Newkirk .... key first assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Ted Roberts .... music editor
Frank Denson .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Stan Lee .... consultant

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83 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Theatrically released in France with the simplified title "Captain America".See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Throughout the scene when Steve is helping Pete with his chores (feeding the horses), there is a microphone unit visible stuffed in the back of Pete's pants.See more »
Miguel:Who in the world would think of looking for the famous terrorist Miguel inside an American penitentiary?See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Captain Motorcycle, 18 July 2011
Author: flapdoodle64 from Portland, OR, United States

This 'made for TV movie' was also the 2nd pilot film for a proposed Capt. America TV series, being made at the time that Marvel Comics and CBS TV had a hit in the form of the Bill Bixby 'Incredible Hulk' show.

The creators of the 2 Cap pilots messed around with the Cap legend so as to make the concept work on TV and so as to avoid having to bring in the whole super-team of Avengers who fished Cap out of the arctic ice flow in 1964. All those extra heroes would have been expensive and would have required a lot of back-story.

The new back story created for these 2 movies is not horrible and could have worked. The supporting characters are pretty good…they would have been counter-point to the Hulk, who had no supporting cast. It's good if a hero has other characters to talk to.

Reb Brown, as the eponymous hero, is not horrible but neither is he good. He is suitably muscular, but as a thespian, he makes Lee Majors look like Lawrence Olivier.

There is some fun superhero action in the form of fights and motorcycle stunts. The cycle is clearly a guest-star in this show…but for some odd reason, however, the only way Steve Rogers can put on his Cap suit is to go into his van, change clothes, hop on his cycle, and burst out the back doors of the van in a big puff of smoke. I imagine the creators figured this was a good gimmick, similar to the bat-poles in Batman, but in an ongoing series it would have been pretty darn silly and awkward. Suppose Cap wants to do something that doesn't involve him riding his cycle? Silly.

Speaking of silly, the final showdown is marred by poorly worked shield-slinging FX. The producers really should have hired a good fight choreographer.

The villain is played by Christopher Lee, heaven knows why he took this role, but he does add to the enjoyment.

In defense of this film, I should point out that our Capt. is portrayed as a straightforward, principled guy, not some whiny self-pitying narcissist douche like a lot of the modern superheroes. And generally, this film does not overextend itself…it does not try to blow our minds on the most wild cosmic fight scene ever…that is to say, it stays within its means.

This is modest, somewhat better than average 1970's cheese.

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