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Special -- Everything changes for Les the day he is accepted into an experimental drug study. As Les begins to take the drugs, an unexpected side effect occurs - he begins to develop special powers: the ability to levitate, to read peoples' minds, and even walk through walls.  Convinced that he is a superhero, he hits the streets to fight crime and protect the world from the forces of evil.
Special -- Metermaid Les Franken (Rapaport) has an unexpected reaction to the anti-depressant he's taking as part of a clinical trial; suddenly convinced he's a superhero, he embraces his new powers, dons a homemade costume, and takes on his arch-nemesis.


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Hal Haberman (written by) &
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Release Date:
17 November 2006 (UK) See more »
He's not your ordinary superhero.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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An interesting, thoughtful, small movie See more (37 total) »


  (in credits order)

Michael Rapaport ... Les

Paul Blackthorne ... Jonas Exiler

Josh Peck ... Joey

Robert Baker ... Everett

Jack Kehler ... Dr. Dobson

Alexandra Holden ... Maggie

Ian Bohen ... Ted Exiler

Christopher Darga ... Steve

Michael Shamus Wiles ... Cop #1

Erich Anderson ... Newscaster

Karyn Bryant ... Co-host
Trish Nelson ... Pregnant Teen (as Patricia Ann Nelson)

Franc Ross ... Crackhead
Marc Schaffer ... Gorcery Store Mugger (as Marc Shaffer)

Amanda Carlin ... Mugging Victim
Matthew Rugetti ... Mugger (as Matt Rugetti)

Charlie Babcock ... Comic Book Enthusiast

Challen Cates ... Business Woman
Mike Saenz ... Depressed Guy

Natalie Richter ... Receptionist
Howard Ferguson ... Homeless Man
Howard Ferguson-Woitzman ... Homeless Man
Kenneth Park ... Sleazy Husband

Erica Magdalene ... Pregnant Wife (as Erica M. Bourke)
Andre Fabrizio ... Cop #2
Jennifer Emil ... Comic Store Patron #1
Travis Eli Whited ... Comic Store Patron #2 (as Travis Whited)
Paul Grimshaw ... Comic Store Patron #3

Matthew Troyer ... Grocery Store Patron #1 - Tall Guy (as Matt Troyer)

Banzai Vitale ... Grocery Store Patron #2 (as Bonzai Vitale)
Deena Grassia ... Grocery Store Patron #3
Denyse Kidd ... Grocery Store Patron #4
Giacomi Knox ... Grocery Store Patron #5
Louis Montgomery ... Grocery Store Patron #6

Andrew Leeds ... Grocery Store Patron #8 - Bitter Lonely Guy
Ian McConnel ... Grocery Store Patron #9 - Sweet Lonely Guy
Cathy Babb ... Grocery Store Patron #10
Brian Brotherston ... Grocery Store Patron #11

Natalie Blalock ... Grocery Store Patron #12
Kumiko Hatake ... Japanese Tourist #1
Mariko Yamamoto ... Japanese Tourist #2
Yuko Miyake ... Japanese Tourist #3
Annie Bloom ... Cyclist
Zachery Bagma ... Dobson's Son
Barbara Peck ... Dobson's Wife
Lawrence Fells ... Bitch-Fighter
Oto Brezina ... Person on Elevator #1
David Bear ... Person on Elevator #2
Jason Bernstein ... Person on Elevator #3
Karen Mingus ... Person on Elevator #4
John Kepley ... Person on Elevator #5
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Koyasu Park ... Japanese tour guide leader (as Richard Park)

Directed by
Hal Haberman 
Jeremy Passmore 
Writing credits
Hal Haberman (written by) &
Jeremy Passmore (written by)

Produced by
Craig Anderson .... associate producer
Bp Cooper .... associate producer (as B.P. Cooper)
Andre Fabrizio .... co-producer
Louis Hagney .... associate producer
Frank Mele .... producer
Edward Parks .... producer
Original Music by
Manish Raval 
Tom Wolfe 
Cinematography by
Nelson Cragg 
Film Editing by
Mike Saenz 
Casting by
Eyde Belasco 
Production Design by
Nathan Amondson 
Art Direction by
Zach Bangma 
Set Decoration by
Travis Eli Whited 
Costume Design by
Annie Bloom 
Dawn Weisberg 
Makeup Department
Autumn Butler .... makeup department head
Production Management
Katie Mustard .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Bear .... second assistant director
H. Conrad Knapp .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Rachel Block .... assistant graphics
Lee-Roy Lahey .... illustrator (as Lee-Roy)
Lee-Roy Lahey .... storyboard artist (as Lee-Roy)
Brahm Revel .... illustrator
Travis Eli Whited .... property master
Sound Department
James Berry .... sound editor
Joe Dzuban .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Parrish King .... sound editor
H. Conrad Knapp .... foley artist
Jeff Knudsen .... sound mixer
Wes Kobernick .... sound editor
Peter D. Lago .... sound designer
Sean O'Malley .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Adam Balentine .... digital compositor
Raoul Bolognini .... visual effects producer
Lane Jolly .... digital compositor
Michael D. Leone .... visual effects supervisor
Nathan Overstrom .... digital compositor
Zachariah Zaubi .... digital compositor
Deena Grassia .... stunt performer
Brian Hite .... stunt coordinator
Matthew Rugetti .... stunt performer
Marc Schaffer .... stunt performer
Banzai Vitale .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian M. Fisher .... electrician
Corey Giann Antonio .... grip
Chris Hughes .... gaffer
Christopher A. Johnson .... assistant camera
Matthew Kistenmacher .... best boy electric
Cameron Lee Michael .... key grip
Noah Peter .... key grip
Kristina M. Schulte-Eversum .... camera utility
James Takata .... first assistant camera
David White .... additional first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Jon Dudkowski .... associate editor
Music Department
Brad Haehnel .... music mixer
Manish Raval .... music editor
Manish Raval .... music supervisor
Tom Wolfe .... music editor
Tom Wolfe .... music supervisor
Other crew
Elena Antzon .... script supervisor (as Elena Rogovsky)
Jennifer Emil .... personal assistant: Michael Rapaport
Conrad Knapp .... key set production assistant
Tricia Lee .... production assistant
Shauna Schurman .... production assistant
Hope Omen Ferdowsi .... special thanks
Jamieson Fry .... special thanks
Robert Hall .... special thanks
Yang-won Park .... special thanks
Rachel Ward .... special thanks
Felix Werner .... special thanks
Kathrin Werner .... special thanks

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Rated R for language, some violence and brief drug use
81 min
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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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
An interesting, thoughtful, small movie, 22 August 2013
Author: jeffpk from United States

A solid movie of the kind Hollywood can't make. A small but excellent cast tell a small but engrossing story of a normal man who wants to be something else.

Rapport really steals/carries this, and his performance is flawless. The supporting cast are also all solid with Alexandra Holden doing a particularly stand-out job as the brilliantly understated love interest.

If there is an off note anywhere in the film, it is the ending which slightly strains credulity but, more to the point, is not really clear in what it is trying to say.

A film well worth watching, and talking about afterward.

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