Special (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  17 November 2006 (UK)
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A lonely metermaid has a psychotic reaction to his medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero. A very select group of people in life are truly gifted. Special is a movie about everyone else.

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Dr. Dobson
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Pregnant Teen (as Patricia Ann Nelson)
Gorcery Store Mugger (as Marc Shaffer)
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LES FRANKEN (Michael Rapaport) leads a painfully unremarkable life as a metermaid until he enrolls in a drug study for an experimental anti-depressant. An unexpected side effect of the drug convinces Les he is developing special powers and must quit his job to answer his new calling in life - Superhero. A very select group of people in life are truly gifted. Special is a movie about everyone else. Written by Lawrence Fells

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He's not your ordinary superhero.


Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for language, some violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 November 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Especial  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,232 (USA) (21 November 2008)


$6,387 (USA) (28 November 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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[first lines]
Les: [voice-over] I used to dream about flying. It went the same way every night. I realized that I could fly. No that's not quite right, I realized that there was no reason I *couldn't* fly, and after that I'd float off the ground and soar above the city. But I haven't had that dream in a while now. Lately, I dream about more ordinary things, like doing my laundry, or shopping for groceries, or riding on elevators. I wonder why that is?
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References When Animals Attack! (1996) See more »


Written by Elia Einhorn
Performed by The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
Courtesy of Fashion Brigade Records
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absolutely fantastic.
18 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just saw this film at the Edinburgh film festival, nearly went to see something else instead and i'm so glad i didn't! First half of the film is very funny, lots of ridiculous yet sorrowful scenes of the main characters self belief in his own superpowers.

I rarely find "comedy " films in any way amusing, but found myself crying with laughter at a lot of this.Very subtle, believable performances which make it heartrending when most of the laughs give way to a film dripping with sadness and important comments about the way we live today, and the search to find something important and special within ourselves. Film looks beautiful too, lots of strange fluorescent lighting. I can't rave about this film enough, its such a gem. Hilariously sad if that makes any sense....

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