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14 December 1990 (UK) See more »
Frozen in the ice for decades, Captain America is freed to battle against arch-criminal, The Red Skull. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Matt Salinger ... Steve Rogers / Captain America

Ronny Cox ... Tom Kimball

Ned Beatty ... Sam Kolawetz

Darren McGavin ... General Fleming

Michael Nouri ... Lt. Colonel Louis

Scott Paulin ... Red Skull / Army Doctor
Kim Gillingham ... Bernice Stewart / Sharon

Melinda Dillon ... Mrs. Rogers

Bill Mumy ... Young General Fleming

Francesca Neri ... Valentina de Santis
Carla Cassola ... Dr. Maria Vaselli
Massimilio Massimi ... Tadzio de Santis
Wayde Preston ... Jack

Norbert Weisser ... Alaskan Surveyor

Garette Ratliff Henson ... Young Tom Kimball (as Garette Ratliffe)
Bernarda Oman ... Tadzio's Mother
Tonko Lonza ... Tadzio's Mentor
Galiano Pahor ... Facist General (as Pahor Galiano)
Milan Kristofic ... Nazi General #1
Antun Nalis ... Old Repairman (as Autun Nalis)
Mario Kovac ... Repairman as a Boy
Zoran Pokupec ... Implant Doctor (as Zoran Pollupec)
Catherine Farrell ... Roz
Mia Begovic ... Young Italian Woman
Matko Raguz ... Italian Woman's Husband

Donald Standen ... Red Skull's Bodyguard
Dragana Zigic ... Perfect Young Italian
Judranka Katusa ... Perfect Young Italian
Raffaele Buranelli ... Perfect Young Italian (as Rafaelle Burunelli)
Robert Egon ... Perfect Young Italian
Igor Serdar ... Perfect Young Italian
Gary Epper ... Mr. Erlich
Sonja Gregus ... Resistance Fighter
Rene Medvesek ... Resistance Fighter
Demeter Bitenc ... Industrialist
Relja Basic ... Industrialist
Velimir Chytil ... Industrialist (as Velemir Chytil)
Drago Klobucar ... Industrialist
Gordan Piculjan ... Industrialist
Frank Papia ... Paramedic
Thomas Beatty ... Young Sam Kolawetz
Jon Beatty ... War Veteran
Ann Bell ... Tom Kimball's Mother

Jann Carl ... Newscaster (as Jan Carl)
Gerda Shepherd ... Jack's Nurse
Beth Ann Bowen ... Girl at Beach
Christopher Whitney ... Boy at Beach
Mustafa Nadarevic ... Tadzio's Father
Edita Lipovsek ... Tadzio's Aunt
Ljubica Dujmovic ... Tadzio's Grandmother
Aldo Galleazzi ... German Scientist
Ljubomir Strgacic ... German Scientist
Slavko Sestak ... German Scientist (as Slvko Sestak)
Petar Tomac ... Italian Vendor
Bruno Grdadolnik ... Italian Vendor
Giulio Marini ... Nazi General #2 (as Guilio Marini)
Fay Finver ... Lab Technician
Frank Finver ... Lab Technician
Peter Mulrean ... Lab Technician
Trek Potter ... Boy Scout
Sarah Wasson ... Little Girl
Scott Del Amo ... Tom Kimball's Father
Robert Reitmeier ... Bandstand Musician
John S. Reynolds ... Bandstand Musician
Lee Westenhofer ... Bandstand Musician

Mike Johnson ... Bandstand Musician (as John M. Johnson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jason Brooks ... Spa man #1 (uncredited)
Robert Hammond ... Nazi Soldier (uncredited)
Sven Medvesek ... Pietro (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Pyun 
Writing credits
Joe Simon (characters) and
Jack Kirby (characters)

Stephen Tolkin (story) and
Lawrence Block (story) (as Lawrence J. Block)

Stephen Tolkin (screenplay)

Produced by
Joseph Calamari .... executive producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Tom Karnowski .... line producer
Stan Lee .... executive producer
Stephen Tolkin .... associate producer
Original Music by
Barry Goldberg 
Cinematography by
Philip Alan Waters (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jon Poll 
Casting by
Ann Bell 
Teri Blythe 
Production Design by
Douglas H. Leonard  (as Douglas Leonard)
Art Direction by
Ivo Husnjak 
Costume Design by
Heidi Kaczenski 
Makeup Department
Greg Cannom .... special makeup
Mitch Devane .... special makeup effects sculptor
Earl Ellis .... special makeup effects artist
Nancy J. Hvasta Leonardi .... makeup artist
Shaun Smith .... special effects makeup crew
Production Management
Joel DeLoach .... production supervisor
Marc S. Fischer .... executive in charge of production
Marc S. Fischer .... unit production manager
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen .... post-production supervisor
Milan Stanisic .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Elliott .... second unit director
Rodney Allen Hooks .... key second assistant director
Michael Katleman .... first assistant director
Zdravko Madzarevic .... second assistant director
Debra Piazzie .... second second assistant director
Denis Cviticanin .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Eugene Freiburger .... props
Damir Gabelica .... construction manager
Ladislav Markic .... prop man
Wilhelm Pfau .... on set dresser
Michael Yeaman .... set dresser
Sound Department
David Chornow .... sound mixer
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Ann Ducommun .... assistant sound editor
Arnold Finkelstein .... sound effects recordist
Albert Gasser .... dialogue editor
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Ron Hitchcock .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Hitchcock .... sound
Richard King .... supervising sound editor
Cliff Latimer .... adr and dialogue supervisor
Melissa Lytle .... assistant sound editor
Randall McMahan .... apprentice sound editor
Frank A. Montaño .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean St. John .... adr recordist
Dean St. John .... foley recordist
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Wes C. Caefer .... additional model effects
Clive R. Kay .... special effects contact lenses
Larry Odien .... special effects technician
Branko Repalust .... armourer
Branko Repalust .... special effects crew
Visual Effects by
Bret Mixon .... rotoscoping
Petar Buntic .... stunts
Ignacio Carreño .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunt coordinator
Gary Epper .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Matt McColm .... stunts
Bob McGovern .... stunts
Cole McLarty .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (as Chuck Picerni)
Pat Romano .... stunts
Danny Wynands .... stunts
Aldo Toncic .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Yoni Hamenachem .... still photographer
Tom Jensen .... second assistant camera
Adam Jones .... gaffer
Branko Knez .... first assistant camera
Tihomir Marcius .... best boy
Tomislav Marcius .... grip
Andy Sydney .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Buddy Wilson .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Anna Dunn .... casting associate
Music Department
John Bisharat .... composer: additional music
Paul Broucek .... music supervisor
Evyen Klean .... music supervisor (as Evyen J. Klean)
Transportation Department
Fred Apolito .... driver
Mladen Cernjak .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Margie Balter .... piano coach: Scott Paulin
Bruce Chudacoff .... location manager
D.J. Harder .... production assistant
Zeljko Hren .... caterer
Sydney Conrad Shapiro .... script supervisor (as Sydney Conrad)
Ivo Ambrosic .... thanks
Heinz Feldhaus .... thanks
Mike Mihalic .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Captain America: Director's Cut" - USA (longer version)
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97 min | 124 min (director's cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Germany:12 | Netherlands:12 (Blu-ray rating) (DVD rating) (2014) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:PG | USA:PG-13 (No. 30135)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Albert Pyun replaced John Stockwell as director.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the President hits the Red Skull's flunky on the head with Captain America's indestructible shield, the shield dents.See more »
Captain America:I want to get back into the fight, sir.
Lt. Colonel Louis:The fight against what? Pollution?
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A re-evaluation of a previous review, 14 October 2001
Author: Tin Man-5 from Auke Bay, Alaska

With a new "Spider-Man" movie due out this May, an upcoming sequel to "Blade," and "X-Men 2" to start filming soon, I thought it would be appropriate to review some of the previous attempts that Marvel Comics has made to get their characters onto the big screen. It's no questions that their films have never been as successful as their arch rivals, DC Comics, especially in the nineties. While there was a successful TV Incredible Hulk series in the seventies, a never-released, low-budget "Fantastic Four" flick, and an *ahem* film version of "The Punisher" that is not even worthy of mention, at the end of the day, the only cinematic interpretations of their heroes that are worth commenting on at all are "Blade," "X-Men," and "Captain America."

In an earlier review, written back in my naive, less-educated-in-Cinema-days, I stated that "Captain America" was the greatest super-hero film ever made. This is not a true statement, and it was one I made having not seen the film in a few years, and the flaws were less-apparent in my mind. Yes, there are many flaws in this film: Some of the dialogue is cheezy, many of the characters are underdeveloped, and there is simply not enough time spent with Captain America in costume. However, in the heart of this film there is a very sincere, very respectable tribute to the golden-age superhero, and I feel that the movie is still very much worthy of praise.

Without going too much into detail about the nature of the plot, I will say that it successfully sums up sixty years of comics into one movie. Both the characters of Captain America and his facist counterpart, the Red Skull (brainchild of Hitler in the comics, created by Mussolini and sold to the nazis here) are depicted as much more tragic than in the comics. Both characters are well-constructed and sincerely acted by Matt Salinger and Scott Paulin, and the film is basically a tribute to old 1940's serials with two strong characters taking center stage.

When I say a tribute to 1940's serials, this is exactly what I mean. Every plot point, every character save Cap and the Skull, serve nothing more than to move the story along from action scene to action scene. Many things happen that make little sense- for example, upon being revived in the nineties after being frozen in ice for fifty years, Captain America is found by a conspiracy theorist who has been piecing together his story for years. How does the guy find our hero? He just happens to be driving through Northern Canada and stumbles upon him. Once the Red Skull realizes that Cap is still alive, he determines that the hero must be out to destroy him. Now, Cap has been out of commission for fifty years, and the Red Skull is now a mysterious, Corleone-esque kingpin. In this film, they only encountered briefly in the 1940's before Cap was frozen in ice. Why on earth would Skull jump to the conclusion that hey! Cap is thawed out, and his first objective will be to stop the Red Skull? In another part, realizing that the Skull is hiding in Italy, Cap jumps on a plane fro the U.S. and flies there. did he get on board of that plane? Surely his passport wasn't perserved with him in the ice?

But nevermind....these plot holes, and many like them, are irrelavent to what this film is trying to do: Put our hero in a series of spectacular action scenes and watch how he gets out of them. It is not trying to tell a serious story, it is simply trying to give us some silly, comic-book action in a movie-serial kind of way, and the movie does just that. Our hero is strapped to a German rocket headed toward the White House, dodges nazi villians in Northern Canada, is amazed in some cleverly-written scenes how many American products are made in former enemy lands of Japan and Germany, fights the Red Skull's henchmen in Italy, and finally has an explosive showdown with the Skull himself in the kingpin's castle, where the villian threatens to blow up all of Western Europse with an atomic bomb which he receives from a piano. All this combined with the fact that the Skull is responsible for the deaths of JFK, RFK, and Martin Luther King, and now he plans to use a brain transplant to make the new economically-aware U.S. President his slave.

It is impossible to take this film any more seriously than you would take an old serial or a four-part issue of the Cap comic book, and this kind of treatment is exactly what a Captain America movie needed. As a result, the low-budget, occasionally hammy acting, and confusing storytelling only add to the film's effect and heighten director Pyun's well-choreographed action sequences. There is just something grand and, dog-gonnit, patriotic about the President of the United States leaping from a tower in order to keep the Skull from using him in is experiments, only to be successfully caught and saved by Captain America, who is crawling up the wall vigorously. In real life, this would have ripped both their arms out of their sockets, but in this movie, what difference does it make? It's such a well-shot scene!

This said, Cap and Skull are well-developed, and they hold the film together when it threatens to go over-the-top in its comic-book silliness. Cap fights the Skull and fails to defeat him in the 1940's, only to be frozen in ice and thawed out in the nineties, where he learns that, because he failed to defeat the Skull, his arch villian is responsible for the deaths of many historic figures. Feeling he has failed his country, plus realizing his old girlfriend is now old with a family of her own, Cap is a determined, meloncholy hero with nothing to lose. There is a sincerity to the part that Matt Salinger brings, and with his niavity and his boyish-good looks, it looks as if Cap is truly a hero from the 1940's, who has stepped out of his time and into ours and is truly amazed at the changes that have come (though attempts to give him lines featuring old 40's terms such as "Gee-wizz" and "holy mackeral" don't come off so well). The Red Skull watched the slaughter of his family as a small boy in the 1930's, and this tramautizing event that led to his transformation into the monster he now is has bittered him over the centuries. In a film which emphasized overacting, he probably has the sublest role, yet he still has the film's best over-the-top lines ("Assassination isn't worth the trouble. It took two years to find Sir Hans. Three to find Oswald. The King job alone cost us over twenty two million dollars. What do we get for our troubles? Saints. Martyrs to the cause.") Must like Michael Corleone in the "Godfather 2" (though on a much smaller level), in the film's final scenes, he builds himself up as a great, powerful crimelord, but to the viewer, he simply comes across as pitiful.

In the end, "Captain America" is a fun, low-budget, patriotic, feel-good action flick which works in a Saturday Matinee sort of way. While never released to theaters here in the U.S., it made the theaters, perhaps ironically, overseas and, as a result, built the bridge for the bigger-budgeted, more-serious Marvel Superhero movies that came years later and are still to come. Certainly worth watching, certainly worth owning, certainly a tribute to sixty years of "Captain America" comic books.

*** out of ****

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