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Captain America (1979)

A recipient of an experimental body enhancement chemical retaliates against his would be killers as a star spangled superhero.

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Rod Holcomb

Writers:

Don Ingalls (teleplay), Don Ingalls (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reb Brown ... Captain America / Steve Rogers
Len Birman Len Birman ... Dr. Simon Mills
Heather Menzies-Urich ... Dr. Wendy Day (as Heather Menzies)
Robin Mattson ... Tina Hayden
Joseph Ruskin ... Rudy Sandrini
Lance LeGault ... Harley (as Lance Le Gault)
Frank Marth ... Charles Barber
Steve Forrest ... Lou Brackett
Chip Johnson Chip Johnson ... Jerry
James Ingersoll James Ingersoll ... Lester Wiant
Jim B. Smith ... F.B.I. Assistant
Jason Wingreen ... Surgeon
June Dayton ... Secretary
Diana Webster Diana Webster ... Nurse
Dan Barton Dan Barton ... Jeff Haden
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Storyline

When a commercial artist is almost murdered by spies looking for his late father's secrets, he is saved in surgery when the FLAG formula is injected into him. This serum not only healed him but also gave him tremendous strength and lightening reflexes. To help him retaliate for his attack, a government agency equipments him with a special motorcycle loaded with gadgets and a detachable shield is not only bulletproof, but can be thrown as a offensive returning weapon. Thus armed, he battles against the nation's enemies as the Sentinel of Liberty, Captain America. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitán América See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to Red Brown at Comic-Con. The studios were planning two crossover movies. Captain America (Reb Brown) and Spider-Man (Nicholas Hammond) from The Amazing Spider-Man (1977). The second was Captain America (Brown) and Lou Ferrigno/Bill Bixby from The Incredible Hulk (1978). Unfortunately, neither of these ever materialized. See more »

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The view from the front of the truck has the same hill in the background in many shots. See more »

Quotes

Steve Rogers: The American ideal. It's a little tough to find these days, isn't it?
Dr. Simon Mills: Not if you know where to look.
Steve Rogers: Right on.
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Version of Three Giant Men (1973) See more »

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Fairly Decent Portrayal Of Captain America
8 January 2003 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

Firstly, let me say that if you've ever read the Captain America comics, then be warned-the Captain America in this movie bears no resemblance to the one in the comic. Everything has changed.

I first saw this movie in the early 1980's on video. I was a little bit disappointed at not seeing the Captain America I was used to reading from the 60's/70's comic books; however, if you can get past that minor triviality, then you have a film that pretty much stands out on it's own.

Everything has changed-there is no supervillain like The Red Skull. Captain America rides a motorcycle and his costume is different. His origin is different and he is dealing with small-time crooks (well, small time compared to supervillains like Dr Doom and The Red Skull). If you can just sit back and forget that the producers changed everything then you have an enjoyable film with a fairly memorable musical score.

As I mentioned earlier, there were no supervillains in the movie but neither did you find supervillains in the Spider-Man or Incredible Hulk TV shows and they were entertaining.

Captain America was a decent film and I believe it may have inspired certain TV shows (such as Street Hawk starring Rex Smith). Whatever your thoughts on this movie, it was a hell of a lot better than the painfully average Captain America movie from the 90's which did remain faithful to the original comic book character. Take your pick.


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