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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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Martin Davidson

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AJ Carothers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... Steve Nichols
Anne Archer ... J. Marsh
Bert Convy ... Walter Reeves
Kevin McCarthy ... Calvin Donnelly
Harry Bellaver ... Eddie
Anita Dangler Anita Dangler ... Mrs. Havacheck
Jane Hallaren ... Gloria Preston
Leonard Harris ... Mayor
Rick Podell ... Milo
Allan Rich ... Marty Fields
Kurt Andon ... Fireman
Gerry Black Gerry Black ... Hero at Fire
Tony Cacciotti ... Anthony Casselli
William Bogert ... TV Moderator
Joyce Brothers ... Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
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Storyline

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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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Avenger See more »

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Gross USA:

$15,934,737
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robbi Morgan stated in interviews that she auditioned to play J. Marsh, and did not get the part, but the casting directors liked her enough, that she was immediately cast in Friday the 13th (1980). See more »

Goofs

Right before Steve and J. Marsh kiss, she touches his uninjured left arm, and he says "ouch". See more »

Quotes

Walter Reeves: Don't ever make little of what you've done, even in modesty. It's too important.
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Connections

References Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) See more »

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Great Super Hero Movie
23 June 2005 | by faolan-2See all my reviews

This role is one of Ritters' best performances in a highly acclaimed career. His portrayal of a really nice and well-meaning guy, who has to make a tough ethical decision to help him pay his bills, is thoughtful and funny at the same time without being over-the-top Jack Tripper funny. Ritter and the Director give a great real-world look at super-heroes. How does he get to crime scenes? Can he dodge bullets? Where does a super hero get medical attention?

In a way it's sort of a misnomer to call him a super hero since he doesn't actually have any super powers, but his willingness to put himself in danger to help others is the core value that all super heroes must have. The fact that he goes out and tries to stop crimes anyway, without super powers, makes him even more courageous than a true comic book hero in a way.

Before movies like Unbreakable and Spiderman came along I called this movie the best super hero movie ever made. No special effects other than a few fires. No flying through the air. Just a real guy showing that courage and caring are what's really important. One of the best feel-good endings of any movie ever made.


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