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Captain America (1979 film)

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Genre  Superhero film
First episode date  January 19, 1979
Language  English
3.8/10 IMDb

Director  Rod Holcomb
Music director  Mike Post, Pete Carpenter
Country  United States
Captain America (1979 film) movie poster
Release date  January 19, 1979 (1979-01-19)
Writer  Don Ingalls (teleplay), Don Ingalls (story), Chester Krumholz (story)
Cast  Reb Brown (Captain America / Steve Rogers), Len Birman (Dr. Simon Mills), Heather Menzies (Dr. Wendy Day), Robin Mattson (Tina Hayden), Lance LeGault (Harley)
Similar movies  Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Fantastic Four, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Tagline  The 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.


Captain america double feature 1979 clip reel


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
  • Release

    The film was released theatrically in Columbia in 1981.


    The movie received a mixed reception from critics.


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