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Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion (2009)

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A good guy with no powers joins a superhero team with no clue against a bad guy with no shame.


Ray Griggs


Ray Griggs
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Whalin ... Ed Gruberman
Michael Rooker ... Judge / Dark Winged Vesper
Ryan McPartlin ... Will Powers
Sam Lloyd ... Herman Brainard (as Samuel Lloyd)
Danielle Harris ... Felicia Freeze
Ray Griggs ... Puffer Boy
Doug Jones ... Special Agent Smith #1
Isaac C. Singleton Jr. ... Special Agent Smith #2
Jon Polito ... Captain Sludge
Christine Lakin ... Red
Oliver Muirhead ... Herbert Q
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Sarge
Clint Howard ... Mugger
Adam West ... Manbat / Cab Driver
June Lockhart ... Mother


Would-be superhero, Ed Gruberman, who possesses no super powers must join a team of misfit heroes-in-training known as The Super Capers. Having only faith, Gruberman must travel through time to uncover an evil plot involving some gold bullion, a fiery femme fatale, and a criminal mastermind with a dark secret about Ed's past. Written by Ray Griggs

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The origins of Ed and the missing bullion.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language, some rude humor and brief smoking


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Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Szeleburdi szuperhősök See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,463, 22 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,955, 19 April 2009
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RG Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ed Gruberman is the name of the "impatient student" from the skit "Ti Kwan Leap" by the Frantics. See more »


Ed Gruberman: Hey! Why don't you use your, uh, mind thing and pop open the trunk?
Herman Brainard: No problem.
[Herman makes mind control sound effect]
Ed Gruberman: What are you doing?
Herman Brainard: I'm making a sound effect. No superhero can use his powers without a good sound effect in the background. Come on, help me out.
Ed Gruberman: Really?
Herman Brainard: I'm not doing it without!
Ed Gruberman: Alright! Okay. Uh...
[both make mind control sound effects, the limousine trunk opens]
Ed Gruberman: Hey! You did it!
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Crazy Credits

Includes the Recipe (ingredients and directions) for cooking "Super Caper Chili Pie" See more »


References Sky High (2005) See more »


Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
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It Works Once You Realize That It Was Made for Children
3 December 2017 | by amnesiac12001See all my reviews

SUPER CAPERS is a bad film with a great idea: make a live-action superhero cartoon with nods to Looney Tunes and AIRPLANE! Unfortunately, the execution is a mixed bag that makes it hard to pin down exactly why it doesn't work.

The problem is that SUPER CAPERS is an antique: a high-concept live-action comedy for children. I mean ACTUAL children: from about 4 to 9 years old. They haven't made films like that since the 1990s, and even now, such films usually revolve around talking animals with a supporting human cast. For this reason, the film is full of jokes, homages, and gags that are straight-up rip-offs of other movies that can make it painful to watch if you're an adult who doesn't chuckle at the sight of a flux capacitor in an RV designed to look like the DeLorean.

This was the director's intention, but I didn't realize it until I heard him say so on the audio commentary. It's also the reason why the film is shot in an old-fashioned widescreen format that makes the sets look like sets, and the action fairly boring and uninteresting. The pacing is off, the editing isn't tight enough, and the acting is a tad under-rehearsed, although the cast is game and skilled enough to push through it.

All this makes for a lame movie with lots of slapstick humor that isn't as funny as it should be. But to be fair, since this film wasn't made for adults, it's kind of hard to be so critical of it. Once you take into account that it was made for kids who just wanna watch goofy stuff, it actually kinda works. The director is religious, so there's a little bit of a "message" in the film, but not to the point of proselytizing.

So the film is a rather bland and boringly unfunny film if you see it with adult eyes. But if you imagine yourself watching it as a kid in the late 80s, you can actually kind of enjoy it.

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