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The Specials (2000)

The sixth or seventh best superhero team in the world pursue their rightful place in the harshly competitive world of toy tie-ins and fighting evil.

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Craig Mazin

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James Gunn

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Ladd ... Nightbird
Rob Lowe ... The Weevil
Jamie Kennedy ... Amok
Mike Schwartz ... U.S. Bill
Thomas Haden Church ... The Strobe
Paget Brewster ... Ms. Indestructible
Kelly Coffield Park ... Power Chick (as Kelly Coffield)
Sean Gunn ... Alien Orphan
Judy Greer ... Deadly Girl
James Gunn ... Minute Man
Jim Zulevic ... Mr. Smart
Johnny Mountain Johnny Mountain ... News Anchor
John Doe ... Eight
Abdul Salaam El Razzac ... Eight
Lauren Cohn ... Eight
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Storyline

America's 7th Best Superhero Team, the Specials, are a group of geeks and oddballs. We get to see one day in their lives as fan and new member Nightbird joins the group, just in time for the group to get a new line of action figures. But the members' extreme personalities and personal issues threaten to rip the group apart. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Before They Could Save the World, They Had to Save Themselves. See more »


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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elbaltázott szuperhősök See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,131, 24 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,996, 1 October 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both Judy Greer and Jamie Kennedy filmed this movie around their Three Kings (1999) schedule. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nightbird: I've been a humongous fan of the Specials since I was knee-high to... something for sure. All my friends would make fun of me because the Specials were not a "cool" group like the Amazing Trio or the Crusaders. But, you know, screw that. I also liked Winger better than Bon Jovi. I still do. I don't care what the critics say.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits we see an "In Memory: 1970-1993" reference and picture of Mr. Stretch, an original member of the Specials that we are told died of mouth cancer in one of interview segments. See more »

Connections

References Freebie and the Bean (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Down Now
Written by Mark Stewart
Performed by The Negro Problem
Courtesy of Aerial Flipout Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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(One way that) a superhero film just oughta be
11 April 2005 | by johnnyx-2See all my reviews

One way a superhero film ought to be is Blade. Or maybe X-Men. Where it's pretty much animation, but they shell out the money for Halle Berry's body as well as her voice. And most of it is just watching Wesley Snipes put on sunglasses and then hit people. It's nifty, and, frankly, worth the $8 to see.

The Specials is the other way. Nobody paid $8 to see it, but now, we all ought to be shelling out $20 for a DVD (or $16.99, and spend the change on some fried chicken. And a can of beer).

A mockumentary on a mediocre superhero team, the Specials is great 'cause the fight scenes are verbal. And there aren't any sunglasses. Good soundtrack through. It's absolutely cheeky and self-deprecatory, and shows that superheros are like ordinary people. But crazier.

Just a pleasure to watch. Very clever, with absolutely genius performances by The Weevil (Rob Lowe) and Deadly Girl (someone I don't know, but really ought to. She was fantastic). I even teared up a tiny bit. Kinda. In a manly way.


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