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Hero at Large (1980)

An idealistic but struggling actor finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he stops a robbery while wearing the costume of Captain Avenger, a superhero character of a film he is hired ... See full summary »

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An idealistic but struggling actor finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he stops a robbery while wearing the costume of Captain Avenger, a superhero character of a film he is hired to to promote. He decides to dabble at being a superhero only to find that it is more difficult and dangerous than he ever imagined. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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8 February 1980 (USA)  »

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Captain Avenger  »

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Trivia

Several nods to Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976), including showing cab drivers hanging outside of the Belmore Cafeteria at night, and the casting of Leonard Harris, who played Senator Charles Palantine in Taxi Driver (1976), playing the Mayor. In one scene, while the mayor is giving a speech, he has both arms raised in the same fashion as Taxi Driver. See more »

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Right before Steve and J. Marsh kiss, she touches his uninjured left arm, and he says "ouch". See more »

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Steve Nichols: Mind if I drop in?
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Simple yet Powerful
5 September 2001 | by (North Tonawonda(Buffalo) N.Y.) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. John Ritter portrays a classic good guy. - He's a struggling actor who was wearing a Captain Avenger costume to promote its film along with over 20 other actors throughout New york City. After doing the promotion, He was still wearing the costume under his coat while a shopping at a corner grocery store when it gets robbed. He removes his coat and prevents the robbery. The media gets word of a person wearing a Captain Avenger costume stopping a crime and wonders if he will reappear. John Ritter's character feels good about what he did and decides he wants to more. He prevents another crime and gets injured. He also gets locked out of his apartment for not paying his rent, so woman across the hall to gives him a place to stay while he heals. Politics get involved before the suspenseful ending -- This is a feel good movie with romance and a great suspenseful ending.


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