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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  22 July 2011 (USA)
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Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.



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It is 1942, America has entered World War II, and sickly but determined Steve Rogers is frustrated at being rejected yet again for military service. Everything changes when Dr. Erskine recruits him for the secret Project Rebirth. Proving his extraordinary courage, wits and conscience, Rogers undergoes the experiment and his weak body is suddenly enhanced into the maximum human potential. When Dr. Erskine is then immediately assassinated by an agent of Nazi Germany's secret HYDRA research department (headed by Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull), Rogers is left as a unique man who is initially misused as a propaganda mascot; however, when his comrades need him, Rogers goes on a successful adventure that truly makes him Captain America, and his war against Schmidt begins. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 July 2011 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$65,058,524 (USA) (22 July 2011)


$176,636,816 (USA) (4 November 2011)

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Did You Know?


Paul Warren (an experienced film double and actor mostly known for roles wearing prosthetics) was used in pre-production to help develop the 'Skinny Steve Rogers' effect by CGI supervisor, Christopher Townsend, as well as one of the 'Skinny Steve' on set stand-ins. English Shakespearean trained stage actor, Leander Deeny, was used as the on set 'Skinny Steve' double when Chris Evans was sitting or lying down, or when a minimum of physical movement was required. See more »


A number of the tracked vehicles seen outside the German prison are the FV432 armoured personnel carriers. These vehicles are part of the British fv430 series of armoured vehicles which have been mistaken for the similar American M113 armoured personnel carrier. Both vehicles were first in service in the 1960's 17 years after the time frame in which the film is set. See more »


[first lines]
Search Team Leader: Are you the guys from Washington?
SHIELD Tech: You get many other visitors out here?
SHIELD Lieutenant: How long have you been on site?
Search Team Leader: Since this morning. A Russian oil team called it in about eighteen hours ago.
SHIELD Lieutenant: How come nobody spotted it before?
Search Team Leader: It's really not that surprising. This landscapes changing all the time. You got any ideas what this thing is exactly?
SHIELD Lieutenant: I don't know. It's probably a weather balloon.
Search Team Leader: I don't think so. You know we don't have the equipment for a job like this.
SHIELD Tech: How long before we can start...
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Crazy Credits

Part of the closing credits is set in a montage of American propaganda posters. See more »


References The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) See more »


Jersey Bounce
Written by Tiny Bradshaw, Edward Johnson, Bobby Plater and Buddy Feyne
Performed by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (as Benny Goodman & His Orchestra)
Courtesy of Bluebird Records
By Arrangement with SONY Music Licensing
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User Reviews

Strong start, then quickly ran out of steam.
23 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joe Johnston has done it again, managing to take what SHOULD be great action flick material and managed to make it, well, boring.

Don't get me wrong, the film started out quite well. The change from puny wimp to super hero was well done, as was the intro sequence with red skull. The whole nazi-mysticism mystique was done very well. But it seemed that after Joe Johnston filmed these two or three well thought out portions, the rest of the film was just filler.

I caught myself looking at my watch a few times, just sort of wanting the movie to end - and this was at the 1/2 point of the film. The action sequences are fairly average for the most part and I really never got that "edge of my seat" feeling as the characters faced peril.

All in all, an above-average film which could have been great if someone with better directing chops had been chosen.


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