DirectorRod Holcomb Music directorMike Post, Pete Carpenter CountryUnited States
Release dateJanuary 19, 1979 (1979-01-19) WriterDon Ingalls (teleplay), Don Ingalls (story), Chester Krumholz (story) CastReb Brown (Captain America / Steve Rogers), Len Birman (Dr. Simon Mills), Heather Menzies (Dr. Wendy Day), Robin Mattson (Tina Hayden), Lance LeGault (Harley) Similar moviesAnt-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Fantastic Four, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
TaglineThe Birth of Americans Sentinel of Liberty
Captain America is an 1979 television film loosely based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, directed by Rod Holcomb and starring Reb Brown. The film was followed by the sequel Captain America II: Death Too Soon, also released in the same year.
Steve Rogers (Reb Brown) is a contemporary man whose father was a 1940s government agent. The very patriotic attitude of Steve's father earned him the nickname "Captain America." His father was later murdered. Rogers, a former Marine now making a living as an artist and traveling the countryside in a conversion van, is inspired by his father's story to sketch a super-hero. After receiving potentially fatal injuries in an attempt on his life intended to seem like an accident, he is administered an experimental chemical called the FLAG formula; FLAG is an acronym for "Full Latent Ability Gain," a kind of "super-steroid." (Rogers's father had developed the FLAG serum from his own glands.) The formula not only saves his life but enhances his strength and reflexes. These new abilities inspire Dr. Simon Mills (Len Birman), the research biochemist and intelligence official behind FLAG who was once a friend of Steve's father, to recruit Steve and give him a costume based on his drawing. As Captain America, Steve's conversion van is re-configured so that it can launch a high-tech motorcycle. The bike features rocket thrust, a jet booster for rapid acceleration, a stealth setting that reduces engine and road noise, and (as shown only in Captain America II: Death Too Soon) a detachable wing resembling a hang glider that allows limited gravity-powered flight. In the last scene of the film, Rogers decides to become the same Captain America as his father had been in every way--this means wearing an identical uniform to that which his father had worn, the "classic" Captain America uniform, which Brown, as the Captain, is shown wearing in the final scene. (Brown again wore the classic uniform when he reprised his roles as Rogers and as the Captain in Captain America II: Death Too Soon.)
Reb Brown as Steve Rogers / Captain America
Len Birman as Dr. Simon Mills
Heather Menzies as Dr. Wendy Day
Robin Mattson as Tina Hayden
Joseph Ruskin as Rudy Sandrini
Lance LeGault as Harley
Frank Marth as Charles Barber
Steve Forrest as Lou Brackett
Chip Johnson as Jerry
James Ingersoll as Lester Wiant
Jim B. Smith as F.B.I. Assistant
Jason Wingreen as Surgeon
June Dayton as Secretary
Diana Webster as Nurse
Dan Barton as Jeff Haden
The film was released theatrically in Columbia in 1981.
The movie received a mixed reception from critics.