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The Specials -- A group of almost superheroes pursue their rightful place in the harshly competitive world of comic books and action figures.


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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jordan Ladd ... Nightbird

Rob Lowe ... The Weevil

Jamie Kennedy ... Amok
Mike Schwartz ... U.S. Bill

Thomas Haden Church ... The Strobe

Paget Brewster ... Ms. Indestructible

Kelly Coffield Park ... Power Chick (as Kelly Coffield)

Sean Gunn ... Alien Orphan

Judy Greer ... Deadly Girl

James Gunn ... Minute Man

Jim Zulevic ... Mr. Smart
Johnny Mountain ... News Anchor

John Doe ... Eight

Abdul Salaam El Razzac ... Eight

Lauren Cohn ... Eight
Tom Dorfmeister ... Eight

Chuti Tiu ... Eight
Johann Stauf ... Eight
Brian Gunn ... Eight

Samantha Cannon ... Eight

Barry Del Sherman ... Zip Boy

Mark A. Altman ... Hazmat Recovery Team

Robert Meyer Burnett ... Hazmat Recovery Team
Mark Gottwald ... Groover Busboy

Matt Champagne ... Joel Tippin

Taryn Manning ... Autograph Hound

Beau Weaver ... Toy Commercial Announcer
Jordan Warkol ... Toy Commercial Kid (as Jordan Blake Warkol)
Austin Bates ... Toy Commercial Kid

Louis Martin Braga III ... Toy Commercial Kid
Valerie Long ... Reporter

Lee Kirk ... Reporter
Caren Saiet ... Reporter

Christopher Shea ... Reporter

Jenna Fischer ... College Girl

Patricia Gaul ... U.S. Bill's Mother
Dana Wieluns ... Cocktail Waitress
Scott Torrence ... Pinball Wizard

Lisa Steinmetz ... Mr. Smart's Squeeze

Frank Medrano ... Orestes

Melissa Joan Hart ... Sunlight Grrrll

Judith Drake ... Verdict's Secretary

Michael Weatherly ... Verdict

Chase Masterson ... Moira Murphy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ellie Cornell ... Linda (uncredited)
Greg Erb ... Man (uncredited)
Kate Lily Souza ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Craig Mazin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Gunn 

Produced by
Mark A. Altman .... producer
Dan Bates .... producer
Ellie Cornell .... executive producer (as Ellie Gottwald)
Mark Gottwald .... executive producer
James Gunn .... co-producer
Sean Gunn .... co-producer
Jamie Kennedy .... co-producer
Craig Mazin .... co-producer
Robert Meyer Burnett .... associate producer
Rick Mischel .... producer
Braxton Pope .... associate producer
Peter Safran .... co-executive producer
Ron Singer .... line producer
Original Music by
Brian Langsbard 
Cinematography by
Eliot Rockett 
Film Editing by
Stephen Garrett 
Jeremy Kasten 
Casting by
Christine Sheaks 
Production Design by
Dorian Vernacchio 
Set Decoration by
Greta Grigorian 
Costume Design by
Nickolaus Brown 
Makeup Department
Lucy Fleetwood .... makeup artist
Akiko Matsumoto .... key makeup artist
Charles Porlier .... special makeup effects artist
Karen Toole-Rentrop .... makeup artist (as Karen D. Toole)
Teresa Vest .... makeup supervisor
Kentaro Yano .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jonathan Persky .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt James .... first assistant director
Cecily Jordan .... second second assistant director
Anthony J. Nahar .... additional second second assistant director
Josh Oliver .... second assistant director
Art Department
Thomas Bodmer .... prop master (as Tommy 'Flash' Bodmer)
Jamie Boyce .... art swing gang
Chris Davis .... art swing gang (as Chris Davis)
Bryce Holtshousen .... lead man
Terrell Lewis .... assistant property master
Whitney Maxson .... set dresser
Patrick Russo .... art swing gang (as Patrick Ruso)
Tony Dale Russo .... art swing gang
Foster Vick .... art swing gang
Sound Department
James H. Coburn IV .... sound mixer
Gary Day .... boom operator
John DiLuigi .... boom operator (as John Di Luigi)
Caleb Duffy .... boom operator
Brandon Elsey .... boom operator
Eric Justen .... sound re-recording mixer
Sean Keegan .... foley mixer
Jennifer Nabors .... boom operator
Chris Rudland .... sound intern
Jussi Tegelman .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
John Allardice .... on-set digital effects supervisor
Adam Buckner .... digital compositor
Sherry Hitch .... supervising visual effects compositor
Adam 'Mojo' Lebowitz .... visual effects supervisor
Brandon MacDougall .... visual effects
Scott Christian Sava .... title animation
Pam Vick .... digital effects artist
Dave A. West .... visual effects animator
Christopher Dusendschon .... hazeltine optical element timing: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Eliza Coleman .... stunt double: Ms. Coffield
Charles A. Tam .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Austin .... 24 frame video operator
Kevin Boyle .... assistant camera: second unit
Jeremiah Crowell .... camera loader
Michele De Lorimier .... first assistant camera
Jeremy Graham .... grip
Sheri Lane .... still photographer
Patrick McGraw .... camera loader
Rob Monroy .... camera loader
Chris Nardone .... second assistant camera
Al Ortega .... still photographer (as Albert Ortega Jr.)
Christopher Probst .... director of photography: second unit
Jorge A. Quiñonez .... best boy
Jorge A. Quiñonez .... grip
Mark Scott .... 24 frame video operator
Lilith Simcox .... second assistant camera
Brett Skinner .... second assistant camera
Melissa St. Hilaire .... additional grip
Tom Van Otteren .... jimmy jib operator
Casting Department
John Barba .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol H. Beule .... costume supervisor (as Carol Beule)
Sarah Bucy .... costume assistant
Ellen Sedor .... costumer
Editorial Department
J.F. Kinyon .... additional post-production services (uncredited)
Music Department
Spring Aspers .... music supervisor
Other crew
Max Berryhill .... production assistant (as M.C. 'Max' Berryhill)
Brent Burpee .... systems engineer
Crystal Connell .... craft service
Eric Harbert .... assistant production coordinator
Gillian Luera .... assistant location manager (as Gillian Evans)
Mary Shellogg .... script supervisor
Lynn M. van Kuilenburg .... location manager
Katie Whittemore .... script supervisor

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Rated R for strong language
82 min
Aspect Ratio:
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James Gunn wrote the screenplay in just two weeks.See more »
[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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References "Freebie and the Bean" (1980)See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
So you always wanted to be a Superhero huh?, 25 March 2001
Author: stompy ( from Dallas, TX

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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