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Captain America (1979)

A recipient of an experimental body enhancement chemical retaliates against his would be killers as a star spangled superhero.

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Rod Holcomb

Writers:

Don Ingalls (teleplay), Don Ingalls (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reb Brown ... Captain America / Steve Rogers
Len Birman ... Dr. Simon Mills
Heather Menzies-Urich ... Dr. Wendy Day (as Heather Menzies)
Robin Mattson ... Tina Hayden
Joseph Ruskin ... Rudy Sandrini
Lance LeGault ... Harley (as Lance Le Gault)
Frank Marth ... Charles Barber
Steve Forrest ... Lou Brackett
Harry Johnson ... Jerry (as Chip Johnson)
James Ingersoll James Ingersoll ... Lester Wiant
Jim B. Smith ... F.B.I. Assistant
Jason Wingreen ... Surgeon
June Dayton ... Secretary
Diana Webster Diana Webster ... Nurse
Dan Barton Dan Barton ... Jeff Haden
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Storyline

When Steve Rogers, a commercial artist, is almost murdered by spies looking for his late father's secrets, he is saved in surgery when the FLAG formula is injected into him. This serum not only heals him but gives him tremendous strength and lightening reflexes. To help Rogers retaliate against his attackers, a government agency equips him with a special motorcycle loaded with gadgets, including a detachable shield that's not only bulletproof, but can be thrown as a weapon. Thus armed, he battles against the nation's enemies as the Sentinel of Liberty, Captain America. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This movie featured the first time Captain America threw his shield in a live-action movie. See more »

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When Captain America is trying to stop the truck, he radios in to Dr. Mills to tell him that he had dropped his bike and it needed to be picked up. Moments later, he bends an exhaust pipe to an open vent to make the passenger ill. With the volume that Captain America had to speak into the radio, the passenger should have heard him talking and been able to react to his being there. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Simon Mills: Steve, I wonder if you have any idea what a tragedy it was when your father died. Now I mean of course not just for youself, but for this entire nation.
Steve Rogers: Maybe I don't. But he was my dad and I loved him. And then one day he was gone. And all I had left was a letter from the President, a man I didn't even know.
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Interesting attempt at remaking The Six Million Dollar Man
9 February 2005 | by atracSee all my reviews

To start off with, there's no question that this TV Movie "Pilot" was a failed attempt at Captain America. I give the writers credit for "trying" to make an updated version of the Comic Book Superhero, but frankly, the origin story of this hero doesn't work as an update.

If Captain America never existed and this was the first we'd heard of him, it would be a lot more tolerable. But you can't take a legend and then tarnish his history by almost completely rewriting the original origin.

That being said, this show owes more to "The Six Million Dollar Man" than it does to Captain America. There are a lot of similarities to that story (as previously mentioned by another reviewer here). Reb Brown, while looking good as the hero, certainly was just too "nice" of a guy to play the part. The hero had no "edge." Squeaky clean doesn't necessarily work for Captain America.

Len Birman's Dr. Simon Mills seems to be a combination of both Oscar Goldman and Rudy Wells (both from "The Six Million Dollar Man"). At any rate, I will say that Birman did an excellent job in his part and is the best performance of everyone involved by leaps and bounds. He plays it totally serious and with a conviction that actually made me believe in some of this stuff. He really is a gem in this.

My favorite part of both "Captain America" TV movies though has to be the music by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter. They composed a terrific theme that is extremely catchy. It almost seems to foreshadow Post's theme for "L.A. Law," composed almost seven years later.


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