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Special (2006)

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A lonely comic book fan, Les Franken, has a reaction to medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Rapaport ... Les
Paul Blackthorne ... Jonas Exiler
Josh Peck ... Joey
Robert Baker ... Everett
Jack Kehler ... Dr. Dobson
Alexandra Holden ... Maggie
Ian Bohen ... Ted Exiler
Christopher Darga ... Steve
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Cop #1
Erich Anderson ... Newscaster
Karyn Bryant ... Co-host
Trish Nelson ... Pregnant Teen (as Patricia Ann Nelson)
Franc Ross ... Crackhead
Marc Schaffer ... Gorcery Store Mugger (as Marc Shaffer)
Amanda Carlin ... Mugging Victim
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Storyline

LES FRANKEN (Michael Rapaport) leads a painfully unremarkable life as a metermaid until he enrolls in a drug study for an experimental anti-depressant. An unexpected side effect of the drug convinces Les he is developing special powers and must quit his job to answer his new calling in life - Superhero. A very select group of people in life are truly gifted. Special is a movie about everyone else. Written by Lawrence Fells

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Taglines:

He's not your ordinary superhero.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Especial See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,232, 23 November 2008

Gross USA:

$7,202

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,967
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rival Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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[first lines]
Les: [voice-over] I used to dream about flying. It went the same way every night. I realized that I could fly. No that's not quite right, I realized that there was no reason I *couldn't* fly, and after that I'd float off the ground and soar above the city. But I haven't had that dream in a while now. Lately, I dream about more ordinary things, like doing my laundry, or shopping for groceries, or riding on elevators. I wonder why that is?
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Connections

References When Animals Attack! (1996) See more »

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Face Tomorrow
Written by Trey Johnson
Performed by Sorta
Courtesy of Summer Break Records
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absolutely fantastic.
18 August 2006 | by superhawk_5See all my reviews

Just saw this film at the Edinburgh film festival, nearly went to see something else instead and i'm so glad i didn't! First half of the film is very funny, lots of ridiculous yet sorrowful scenes of the main characters self belief in his own superpowers.

I rarely find "comedy " films in any way amusing, but found myself crying with laughter at a lot of this.Very subtle, believable performances which make it heartrending when most of the laughs give way to a film dripping with sadness and important comments about the way we live today, and the search to find something important and special within ourselves. Film looks beautiful too, lots of strange fluorescent lighting. I can't rave about this film enough, its such a gem. Hilariously sad if that makes any sense....


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