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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

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Don Ingalls (teleplay), Don Ingalls (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reb Brown ... Captain America / Steve Rogers
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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Dr. Simon Mills: Your father developed and perfected the ultimate steroid. He synthesized it from his own adrenal gland and then, through long research, developed a super hormone. He called it 'Flag'. That's right, F.L.A.G. Full Latent Ability Gain.
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Not As Bad As Its Reputation
23 July 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Captain America (1979)

** (out of 4)

Made-for-TV film has Reb Brown playing ex-Marine Steven Rogers who gets out of the service and plans on taking it easy but instead he learns of an experiment his father was working on. After an attempt on his life, Steve is given this secret serum and soon finds himself becoming Captain America and fighting crime. The Marvel character was previously brought to the big screen in a Republic serial and while I'm not overly familiar with the comic I had heard plenty of negative things about this film. I had heard some call it the worst comic-book adaptation in history while others simply called it one of the worst films of the decade. I don't agree with either of those opinions but I'll admit that this is a pretty silly little movie that has very few "good" things going for it but what makes the film work is the camp level, which is pretty high. There are all sorts of problems with this film and a lot of them can be placed at the feet of the director. For the life of me I couldn't understand why no one could tell how silly this thing was and I really question how several of the scenes are edited together. There are moments where it seems one thing is going on and then out of no where something else will start up without anything in the middle to connect them. It seems like much of the story is happening so fast that little bits and pieces are just missing without any reason. Another problem is that the screenplay contains some of the dumbest dialogue ever. The highlight of the film for me is when Brown is upset that he's been given this serum and he complains to the doctor that he'll have to go through the rest of his life never knowing when it's going to be his turn to die. Umm, everyone goes through life not knowing when it's going to be their turn. Did this guy think he had control of it before taking the serum? A lot of fans hate Brown in the lead but I thought he had the right look for the part but the acting leaves quite a bit to be desired. I thought some of the line delivering was really bad and there were a few moments where it appears like he forgot his line for a split second as there are some strange gaps in between words. The supporting cast really isn't all that memorable but some of the performances add a touch of camp. CAPTAIN America is far from a good movie but at the same time it's not nearly as bad as its reputation would have you believe. I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone except those who like a little silly camp.


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