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Hero at Large (1980)

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An idealistic but struggling actor finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he stops a robbery while wearing the costume of Captain Avenger, a superhero character of a film he is hired ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steve Nichols
... J. Marsh
... Walter Reeves
... Calvin Donnelly
... Eddie
Anita Dangler ... Mrs. Havacheck
... Gloria Preston
... Mayor
... Milo
... Marty Fields
... Fireman
Gerry Black ... Hero at Fire
... Anthony Casselli
... TV Moderator
... Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
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An idealistic but struggling actor finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he stops a robbery while wearing the costume of Captain Avenger, a superhero character of a film he is hired to to promote. He decides to dabble at being a superhero only to find that it is more difficult and dangerous than he ever imagined. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Help is on the way!

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Comedy | Romance

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8 February 1980 (USA)  »

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Captain Avenger  »

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$15,934,737
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1.85 : 1
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Written initially as 'Captain Avenger', as released in some territories. See more »

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As Steve sits in his cab listening to a portable police scanner, he is still moving the tuner (showing needle movement) while the dispatcher can be clearly heard giving the information about the fleeing criminals. See more »

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Steve Nichols: Mind if I drop in?
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Ritter charms
29 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

Steve Nichols (John Ritter) is a struggling New York actor. PR man Walter Reeves (Bert Convy) hires him and others to dress up as Captain Avenger to promote a cheesy superhero movie. Steve stops a robbery at a grocery store which becomes local news. Reeves is working to re-elect the mayor and sees value in a superhero making the citizens feel good. He searches to find which of the 62 actors he hired is the Captain Avenger hero. Steve has a crush on his neighbor Jolene Marsh (Anne Archer) who slowly takes a liking to his non-stop flirting.

John Ritter is a really likable actor. His charming personality is mostly what this movie has to offer. The rest is functional but not much more. Anne Archer is fine but the movie needs a better villain. It is a superhero movie after all. The plot lacks tension. This all boils down to Ritter being such a nice charming guy.


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