5.8/10
611
23 user 14 critic

The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)

In World War II, Captain Invincible used his superpowers against the Nazis, and he was a hero. But when they accused him of supporting the Communists, he retired to Australia. Now, after a ... See full summary »

Director:

Philippe Mora
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Kiliç Aslan (1975)
Action | Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When the king is murdered, his baby son and heir is hidden in the forest where he is abducted and raised by a pride of lions. As an adult he uses his beastly strength and claw-like hands to take revenge against the new king and his armies.

Directors: Natuk Baytan, Natuk Baytan
Stars: Cüneyt Arkin, Bahar Erdeniz, Charles Garret
Game Over (1989)
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Thomas, a very intelligent and resourceful child, is left alone with his beloved and fragile granddad on Christmas Eve, when a psychopath dressed as Santa Claus breaks into their mansion ... See full summary »

Director: René Manzor
Stars: Brigitte Fossey, Louis Ducreux, Patrick Floersheim
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Sartana is falsely accused of robbing a bank, and must find the real robbers and clear his name.

Director: Giuliano Carnimeo
Stars: Gianni Garko, Frank Wolff, Ettore Manni
Vigilante (1982)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When his wife and son are brutalized by thugs and a corrupt criminal justice system puts the perpetrators back on the street, a New York City factory worker turns vigilante to find some measure of bloody justice.

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Richard Bright
Harlequin (1980)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Robert Powell, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan
The Fury (1978)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A former CIA agent uses the talents of a young psychic to help retrieve his telekinetic son from terrorists, who want to use his mental powers for evil.

Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress
The Wraith (1986)
Action | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After a young man is murdered by a road-racing gang of motor-heads, a mysterious fast-driving spirit descends from the sky to take revenge.

Director: Mike Marvin
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn
Crime | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Based on a true story, James Coburn portrays a military lawyer assigned to defend a confessed psychotic killer. Set in the context of WWII and the uneasy US-Australian military alliance. ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Mora
Stars: James Coburn, Bill Hunter, Reb Brown
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An unspeakable evil has come into our dimension and wants to rule over Earth, and only a mysterious sorceror known as Doctor Mordrid can stop him.

Directors: Albert Band, Charles Band
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Yvette Nipar, Jay Acovone
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Captain Invincible
Christopher Lee ... Mr. Midnight
Kate Fitzpatrick ... Patty Patria
Bill Hunter ... Tupper / Coach
Michael Pate ... President
David Argue ... Italian Salesman
John Bluthal ... Deli Owner
Chelsea Brown ... Tour Guide
Max Cullen ... Italian Man
Arthur Dignam Arthur Dignam ... Lawyer
Noel Ferrier Noel Ferrier ... Airforce General
Hayes Gordon Hayes Gordon ... Kirby
Chris Haywood ... Maitre D'
Graham Kennedy ... Prime Minister
Gus Mercurio ... Noisy Garbageman
Edit

Storyline

In World War II, Captain Invincible used his superpowers against the Nazis, and he was a hero. But when they accused him of supporting the Communists, he retired to Australia. Now, after a U.S. super secret super weapon is stolen, he's asked to come back to help. Unfortunately, he's an alcoholic now. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What the world needs now is a shining hero! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1984 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Legend in Leotards See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Seven Keys See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Alan Arkin received first billing, Sir Christopher Lee received second billing, Kate Fitzpatrick received third billing, Bill Hunter received fourth billing, and Michael Pate received fifth billing. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Midnight: [sings] Live happily ever after / With a Chablis and some laughter / Between the sheets is lovely / With a dizzy blonde and a bottle of bubbly.
See more »

Connections

Spoofs Superman (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Amazing How They're Alike
Written and Composed by Jan Bunker, Mike Scarpiollo
Performed by Alan Arkin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

It's no Rocky Horror Picture Show but it has Sir Christopher Lee
2 August 2011 | by t_atzmuellerSee all my reviews

The Return of Captain Invincible It seems a law of nature that a certain percentage of movies just don't age very well. Some can be viewed decades later and still impress the first-time viewer, others you have to had seen during it's time in order to appreciate it later. Unfortunately, "The Return of Captain Invincible" belongs to the latter category.

It's not a bad film, by no means. "TRoCI" comfortably between Superman-spoof, musical satire of the US- / Australian way of life but unfortunately it's also a little too 'harmless' for most (modern) viewers. A little less slapstick and a little more grittiness / realism could have made "TRoCI" a comedic predecessor of Zack Snyder's "Watchmen".

Like with most of his roles, the performance of Alan Arkin is beyond criticism. He remains the world's most funny unfunny man. He seems to conjure up comedy as through magic and almost unexplainable. And as what is commonly known as a "Christophile", an ardent fan of Sir Christopher Lee, I consider it blasphemous ever to write a negative word in the same sentence. Indeed, "Citizen Cain", "The Godfather" or "The Seven Samurai" are all good pictures, which only have one fault: neither of them stars Christopher Lee.

Thinking what directors like Robert Altman, Blake Edwards, Jim Abrahams or David Zucker could have made from this material, the films weakest link remains the director. Philippe Mora seems more at home with schlock-horror flicks, rather than either comedy or musical. On the comedic side, his direction is restraint while there seems an almost desperate attempt to be the next "Rocky Horror Picture Show" – it isn't; by the standards of a musical, it's "Shock Treatment" at best. The songs are simply neither strong nor memorable enough, with the exception of "Name your Poison", performed by his highness Sir Christopher himself. The line "There's nothing sicker in society than the lack of liquor and sobriety" is worth an Oscar itself and makes one dream: what if Richard O'Brien had written the songs, what a musical it could have been.

I have to admit, I have a hard time giving a film that features either his eminence Sir Christopher Lee or Alan Arkin a bad rating – an old habit that I have broken only for "Star Wars II – The Clone Wars". That said, the 7 out of 10 points I'm giving should probably been a 6 or 5 ½. Oh well.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed