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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.

Director:

Craig Mazin

Writer:

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Specials See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,131, 24 September 2000

Gross USA:

$13,276

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,276
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Gunn is Jenna Fischer's ex husband, Lee Kirk is now currently married to Jenna Fischer. 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 McCloud (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

20th and Mission (La 20eme Et Mission)
Written by Marcus Shelby
Performed by Marcus Shelby Trio
Courtesy of Noir Records
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Great comic book/geek movie!
17 November 2003 | by xlylithxSee all my reviews

My husband and I stumbled upon this movie one Sunday afternoon on the WB. Being the comic book geeks that we are, we were shocked that we had never heard of this movie. For two hours we couldn't stop laughing. The humor was dead on. The action figure release party ( when they finally unveiled the products) had me near tears. When Deadly girl gets creeped out by Alien Orphan.. hilarious!!!! ( "He's smiling.".. "MAKE HIM STOP!")

If you are looking for a movie with great action scenes, lots o' sfx.. then this is NOT the movie for you. If you like witty, dry humor.. then I suggest you check this one out. Oh, and it's a must see for all you comic book geeks too.


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