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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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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!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Avenger See more »

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Box Office

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

In an interview with John Ritter at a Kansas City Radio Station in 1980, John was asked about the home town of "Steve Nichols." Three times during the film, there are references to Cawker City as being his home town, as well as there being a Cawker City High School green and white banner hanging on the wall. John replied that he thought Cawker City was made up by the writers. Almost immediately, the radio station was flooded with calls informing John that there really is a Cawker City, Kansas, and that it is the home of the World's Largest Ball of Twine. 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 be selfish, Steve.
Steve Nichols: Selfish?
Walter Reeves: Give them what they want, Steve. Give them the legend.
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John Ritter is Charming!
1 September 2004 | by LindsayBooSee all my reviews

John Ritter is charming in his role as Steve Nichols. This movie is great, a cute comedy/drama that is sure to win your heart. John's character's charm is reminiscent of that of Jack Tripper. The character of Steve Nichols is sure to capture your heart while the story itself leaves a good feelings. Comical yet there's some real feeling in it. A story about a wannabe actor turned hero, what's better than that. I was a little worried about the whole Captain Avenger thing but its played out very well. And there are some very funny moments in this movie. Definitely a good movie to watch on a rainy day! And if you have seen it, but not in a long time, it's worth picking up again!


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