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The Specials (2000)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Fantasy  |  18 September 2000 (USA)
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The sixth or seventh best superhero team in the world pursue their rightful place in the harshly competitive world of toy tie-ins and fighting evil.

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Nightbird
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The Weevil
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Amok
Mike Schwartz ...
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Ms. Indestructible
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Power Chick (as Kelly Coffield)
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Storyline

America's 7th Best Superhero Team, the Specials, are a group of geeks and oddballs. We get to see one day in their lives as fan and new member Nightbird joins the group, just in time for the group to get a new line of action figures. But the members' extreme personalities and personal issues threaten to rip the group apart. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Before They Could Save the World, They Had to Save Themselves. See more »


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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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18 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Elbaltázott szuperhősök  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,131 (USA) (22 September 2000)

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$12,996 (USA) (29 September 2000)
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James Gunn wrote the screenplay in just two weeks. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nightbird: I've been a humongous fan of the Specials since I was knee-high to... something for sure. All my friends would make fun of me because the Specials were not a "cool" group like the Amazing Trio or the Crusaders. But, you know, screw that. I also liked Winger better than Bon Jovi. I still do. I don't care what the critics say.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits we see an "In Memory: 1970-1993" reference and picture of Mr. Stretch, an original member of the Specials that we are told died of mouth cancer in one of interview segments. See more »

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References Freebie and the Bean (1980) See more »

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Astral Plane
Written and Performed by Lynnfield Pioneers (as The Lynnfield Pioneers)
Courtesy of Matodor Records
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A brilliant idea well-played
4 October 2001 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

From the people who brought us "Free Enterprise", "The Specials" is clearly made by the same caliber of geek, but this time it dives into the fantasy. The conceit of this film is pure genius: make a superhero movie in which there are no battles, and nobody uses their powers; just focus on their personal lives and interpersonal conflicts, and play it mostly for laughs. I've seen several reviews here for whom that itself is the complaint. Let them go back to watching "Spawn". Those of you who are able to see the potential in the concept are in for a treat.

Going in, I'd only heard of Rob Lowe and Thomas Haden Church, both of whom are excellent. The surprise is that the rest of the cast keeps step all the way. They all understand the joke here, which is that they are not in on the joke. They're funny by way of taking it utterly seriously. This is not the "Airplane" of superhero movies. These people are completely serious about their past exploits and their powers, which we glimpse only briefly, and hear of in conversation.

The movie's length is perfect. It clocks in at under 80 minutes, disappearing long before the idea becomes tired or overused. I actually wanted to see more, which is far preferable to wishing it were over sooner. I could actually see a TV series based on this concept.

7 out of 10.


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