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The Specials (2000)

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
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U.S. Bill
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Ms. Indestructible
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Power Chick (as Kelly Coffield)
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Alien Orphan
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Deadly Girl
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Minute Man
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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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Not as good as other superheroes, but definitely better than you. 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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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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 Wonder Woman (1975) See more »

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Groovy
Written by Stuart Crichton and Andy White
Performed by Basshopper
Courtesy of Reverb Records
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So you always wanted to be a Superhero huh?
25 March 2001 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

Ever wonder what Superheroes do when they're not out saving the world from mass destruction? Well enter the world of "The Specials" to find out what goes on. Follow Nightbird, the newest member of The Specials as she fulfils a lifelong dream to become a superhero.

Don't expect a lot of battles in this movie. Don't expect to see huge prehistoric beasts flying around. Don't expect The Strobe's lasers to be shooting out at you. What you can expect is a quirky, well-crafted movie about the ordinary lives of superheros. The Strobe and Ms. Indestructable are having marriage problems, Mr. Smart has some equipment malfunction, Kosgrove Toys really messes up the new Action Figure line, and poor Stretchy Boy, well let's just say, he's not grinning anymore.

I found myself really liking this movie. I wanted to learn more about these people. I found myself getting wrapped-up in their all too human problems. I urge everyone to give this movie a chance, the performaces are crisp, the dialog is witty, and Jordan Ladd as Nightbird is cute as a button.


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