Captain America (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  14 December 1990 (UK)
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Frozen in the ice for decades, Captain America is freed to battle against arch-criminal, The Red Skull.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Salinger ...
General Fleming
Lt. Colonel Louis
Red Skull / Army Doctor
Kim Gillingham ...
Young General Fleming
Carla Cassola ...
Massimilio Massimi ...
Wayde Preston ...
Young Tom Kimball (as Garette Ratliffe)


During World War II, a brave, patriotic American Soldier undergoes experiments to become a new supersoldier, "Captain America." Racing to Germany to sabotage the rockets of Nazi baddie "Red Skull", Captain America winds up frozen until the 1990s. He reawakens to find that the Red Skull has changed identities and is now planning to kidnap the President of the United States. Written by &view=simple&sort=alpha" >Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <>

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Release Date:

14 December 1990 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Captain America: Director's Cut  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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| (director's cut)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ned Beatty's son, Thomas Beatty, plays the younger version of his character. See more »


In the Nazi stronghold, Captain America prepares to throw his shield at the searchlight. The light operator, fearing the worst, ducks down out of view. When the shield knocks over the tower, there is no sign of the guard, giving away the fact that the collapsing tower is just a miniature. See more »


Red Skull: [on seeing Captain America for the first time] Good, an American. Just when I am needing help of my English lessons.
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Crazy Credits

Unlike the other actors who are credited for playing two characters, Scott Paulin receives two separate credits for playing Red Skull and the Army doctor. See more »


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Memories of You
Written and Produced by Barry Goldberg
Performed by Southside Johnny Lyon (as Southside Johnny)
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What could have been the start of a potentially great franchise
20 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Half-way decent adaptation of the classic Marvel comics character, which many people either love or hate. Most of the half-way decency the film has it derives from star Matt Salinger, the son of over-praised asshole writer JD Salinger. In a role that could have been made comical or just plain bad by many other actors, Matt manages to imbue the character with an authentic feeling of sincerity similar to what Christopher Reeve gave to Superman and often missing from other actors in superhero films. Had this film been left with a bigger budget and gotten a big theatrical release it could very well have made Matt Salinger a star, or at least establish his name and allow him some leverage to pursue other roles in bigger projects like Helen Slater after the endearingly classic disaster "Supergirl" (1984). Actually I think both Dolph Lundgren and Arnold Schwarzenegger, respectively, were both considered for this role, but it's just as well that they didn't get it, seeing as how their accents would have worked against them playing this "All-American" hero. Although Arnold's name on the picture might have gotten it a theatrical release instead of going direct to video (a similar fate befell Dolph's "The Punisher").

After Steve Rogers gets pumped up by the super soldier serum he becomes Captain America and gets into a disastrous first mission that ends with him getting his ass kicked by the Red Skull, who straps him to a missile pointed at the White House. Cap narrowly manages to cut off the Red Skull's hand and wrecks the missile so that instead of hitting the White House it lands in the Arctic and freezes him there, but not before he is spotted by a little boy who grows up to be President Ronny Cox. When Cap thaws out, he finds that much has changed while he's been gone, like his old girlfriend and her now adult daughter. He also finds out that the Red Skull is still alive and still out to conquer the world. Naturally, Captain America catches up with the Red Skull and beats the crap out of him in turn ("Stop calling me your brother!") before saving the world.

The guy playing the Skull is ineffectual, but he's got a nice looking daughter. Again, the real saving grace here is Matt Salinger's sincere performance as the title character, but even that can only do so much against a weak script and boring villains. Still, I enjoyed this film and I feel that fans deserved a chance to see this in theaters. And now I hear that Brad Pitt wants to play Captain America! Oh the shame...

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