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After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills.

Director:

James Gunn

Writer:

James Gunn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rainn Wilson ... Frank Darbo
Ellen Page ... Libby
Liv Tyler ... Sarah
Kevin Bacon ... Jacques
Gregg Henry ... Detective John Felkner
Michael Rooker ... Abe
Andre Royo ... Hamilton
Sean Gunn ... Toby
Stephen Blackehart ... Quill
Don Mac Don Mac ... Mr. Range
Linda Cardellini ... Pet Store Employee
Nathan Fillion ... The Holy Avenger
Gerardo Davila ... Cop (as Gerardo Davilla)
Grant Goodman ... Young Frank
Paul T. Taylor ... Frank Sr. (as Paul Taylor)
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Storyline

Frank Darrbo is a hapless fry cook. When his wife Sarah falls off the wagon and dumps him for Jacques, a drug dealer, Frank tries to get her back by reporting her kidnapped, grabbing her from Jacques' car, and wailing for her to return. After watching Christian TV and having a vision, he becomes a superhero to fight evil. He sews a costume, finds a weapon (a pipe wrench) and looks for crimes to stop. He has problems: his wrench inflicts real injury, so the cops want him for being a vigilante, his sense of boundaries is flawed, and Jacques' gang has guns. Libby, a clerk at a comic book store, becomes his sidekick, and it's time to go save Sarah. What chance do they have? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Shut up, crime!

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Super - Attento crimine!!! See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,549, 3 April 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$322,157, 22 May 2011
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James and Sean Gunn, Gregg Henry, Nathan Fillion, and Michael Rooker would work together again a few years later in another superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). See more »

Goofs

After getting shot, Frank drives away and the shadow of the camera man is visible on the Crimson Bolt. The sun is on the other side (car has turned around) in the next shot in the car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank D'Arbo: I've had two perfect moments in my life. The first is when I married Sarah. The other, I was downtown.
[purse snatcher runs past]
Frank D'Arbo: He went in there, officer.
Frank D'Arbo: Two perfect moments, which offset a life of pain.
[getting spanked as a child]
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Crazy Credits

The credits encourage viewers to "Follow Team Super on Twitter": "@james_gunn - James Gunn @tedhope - Ted Hope @ambushent - Miranda Bailey @rainnwilson - Rainn Wilson @nathanfillion - Nathan Fillion"

Twitter is also included in the 'Special Thanks' section. See more »

Connections

References Captain America (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Nobody Knows You Anymore
Written by Terra Naomi
Performed by Terra Naomi
Licensed by Arrangement with Sunday Monday Publishing (BMI)
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Super is super realistic...and super dark
3 May 2011 | by edgarman1040See all my reviews

With a recent emergence of superhero movies aiming to be grittier and more realistic, Super is arguably the most accurate portrayal of what would happen if someone without powers or insane amounts of money decided to be a superhero. It would require a strict devotion to doing what YOU believe is right. There is, of course, almost always a level of ambiguity among superhero stories. Batman is considered by some to be a menace who if ever caught would most likely be charged with assault and breaking and entering, among other offenses. But he decides to be a vigilante because he sees injustice and wishes to fight it. He believes that what he is doing is right. Similarly, Rainn Wilson's character Frank becomes tired of standing idly by after his wife Sarah, portrayed by Liv Tyler is taken away by the slick and dangerous Jacques, played by Kevin Bacon. Frank intends to get his wife back and stop crime in his neighborhood. But as soon as Frank dons a costume and a monkey wrench as his weapon of choice, his mental well-being quickly comes into question. After all, what kind of person would strike someone in the head with a wrench, thus sending him to the ICU, for cutting in line at the movies? Is he psychotic? Is he deluded? Frank argues that it's actually everyone else who is deluded. What if we're the ones with a problem. After all, most of us witness the injustices and evils of this world and simply accept them as facts of life. We tell ourselves that nothing can be done about them and continue with our lives. Frank however knows what is right, even if that truth is only in his heart. The film earns it's R rating with massive amounts of graphic violence and a particularly strange sex scene. While Kick-Ass already tackled similar subject matter, Super takes a different approach. While Hit-Girl had weapons and combat training, Frank a.k.a. The Crimson Bolt and Libby a.k.a. Boltie (Ellen Page) have no experience at all and have nothing but rage and a penchant for violence to help them stop the bad guys. Additionally, Super begs the questions: Are the protagonists defenders of justice or psychopathic killers? Can they be both? While Kick-Ass had Joan Jett's Bad Reputation playing during Hit-Girl's butchering of a group of criminals, Super doesn't always portray our heroes' actions in such a cheery light. In order to save Frank's wife, The Crimson Bolt and Boltie need to be murders. They don't have the money or skill to develop sophisticated weaponry that will incapacitate their opponents. They don't have that luxury. They will gather whatever crude weapons they have in order to exact justice on those who escape the law. And if that makes them crazy, then so be it.


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