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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)
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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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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
An interesting diversion., 19 January 2004
Author: garethvk from Seattle, WA

The life of a superhero often seems very glamorous. Being able to fly, have incredible strength, live forever, and defeat the bad guys is the stuff of many child's dreams. Popular comics such as Action Comics and Detective Comics brought new creations Superman and Batman to American readers and they soon became part of the national conscience and inspired children the world over for generations to come. The life of a superhero however is not without its problems. Sure, there are the adoring fans, the admiration of the world, and the great powers, but what about the costs? There are super villains bent on your destruction, a secret identity to protect, and in many cases a day job to pay the bills. In `The Specials' we are introduced to a new collection of heroes and learn firsthand how tough it can be to be a superhero and what a burden having superpowers can be. The Specials are listed as the sixth greatest superhero team in America and when they are not battling bad guys, recruiting new members, or trying to work on their public image, they are one big happy family or so it would seem. Director Craig Mazin's making his debut film gives us a look into the secret order of superheroes in a film that is part documentary, drama, and comedy. The Specials are lead by The Strobe (Thomas Haden Church) as he strives to set a good example in the community and fight crime on all levels. The Strobe is married to Ms. Indestructible (Paget Brewster), a lady who when not fighting at her husbands sides, spends her day answering the phones and paying the bills at the Special's lair, a simple house in a quiet California residential area. The story opens with the arrival of Nightbird (Jordan Ladd), who as the newest member of the team is finally meeting her partners in the business. Other than The Strobe and Ms. Indestructible Nightbird has little knowledge of her new team. There is The Weevil (Rob Lowe) Deadly Girl (Judy Greer), Minute Man (James Gunn), and Amok (Jamie Kennedy). They all seem friendly towards her as do other members she meets during the course of the day, yet all is not as well as it seems. It turns out that the weight of not having the name recognition that other superhero groups enjoy has put a strain on the team. The strobe is always chastising Amock and The Weevil for their behavior in public as a tabloid has recently published a picture of them smoking in a bathroom stall. The Strobe thinks that this behavior is not only unprofessional, but it hinders their chances to gain respect and thus better work. It seems that the group are only given assignments when other heroes are busy or not interested in the work that is offered. There are also complaints that names are being mispronounced and that their costumes are not flattering bringing the Strobe's leadership skills into question.

Attempting to improve what looks to be a sinking ship, The Strobe announces that he has come to terms with a toy manufacturer for a line of action figures based on the Specials. It is believed that the toys will not only increase their standings amongst the public and other heroes, but will increase the cash flow for the team. Sadly things do not go as planned, as The Specials soon find themselves faced with their biggest challenge yet, surviving each other as petty jealousies, personal ambitions, fears and desires soon threaten to rip the group apart. `The Specials' is a direct to DVD release that while short on special features and effects is filled with originality. Yes the film does not have much of a story, but the film does not take itself to seriously at all and neither should viewers. Instead, it is a interesting slant on what happens to heroes when the cameras are off and how they have to contend with many of the same issues that everyday people do and how their powers can be a hindrance far more than a blessing at times. Church is great as the Strobe as he presents a leader who is ready to boil over at a moments notice from the pressures he is under both at work and on the homefront. Lowe is great as the son of the Original Weevil who has issues with his father as well as an offer from a far more established supergroup to ponder as he tries to decide between personal ambitions and loyalty. I could go on for a while about the various members and their issues but that would spoil the charm of the film. `The Specials' is not for everyone as it is silly film without much in the way of plot. However if you are a fan of comic heroes you may enjoy seeing the dirty laundry being aired and seeing the side of superheroes that the comics don't or cant show. I for one would liked to have seen more and hope that the film will find an audience on DVD and we may yet hear more from `The Specials' as there is still more of their story to tell. 2.5 stars out of 5 Gareth Von Kallenbach

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