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The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)

In World War II, Captain Invincible used his superpowers against the Nazis, and he was a hero. But when they accused him of supporting the Communists, he retired to Australia. Now, after a ... See full summary »

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Philippe Mora
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Captain Invincible
Christopher Lee ... Mr. Midnight
Kate Fitzpatrick ... Patty Patria
Bill Hunter ... Tupper / Coach
Michael Pate ... President
David Argue ... Italian Salesman
John Bluthal ... Deli Owner
Chelsea Brown ... Tour Guide
Max Cullen ... Italian Man
Arthur Dignam Arthur Dignam ... Lawyer
Noel Ferrier Noel Ferrier ... Airforce General
Hayes Gordon Hayes Gordon ... Kirby
Chris Haywood ... Maitre D'
Graham Kennedy ... Prime Minister
Gus Mercurio ... Noisy Garbageman
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Storyline

In World War II, Captain Invincible used his superpowers against the Nazis, and he was a hero. But when they accused him of supporting the Communists, he retired to Australia. Now, after a U.S. super secret super weapon is stolen, he's asked to come back to help. Unfortunately, he's an alcoholic now. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Look...Up on the Screen...Its Absurd...Its Insane...Its... See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1984 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Legend in Leotards See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD5,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Seven Keys See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was the first Australian movie that was a superhero movie. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Midnight: [sings] Mai tai say that I'm old fashioned / Tres vin ordinaire/ That I want a fresh Manhattan / With white Anglo-Saxons everywhere?
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God Bless America
Words and music by Irving Berlin
Performed by Kate Smith
Used by permission of Irving Berlin Music Corp.
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A Curate's Egg - good in parts
4 June 2005 | by Steve_from_WalesSee all my reviews

This is a film that could have become a cult classic with better editing. Some bits just don't work - in the BBC TV showing these were edited out; if you can, get that version rather than the full version on DVD. If you do have the DVD version watch it once through then just skip the bits that left you cold.

The humour is mostly pretty low-brow, with some appalling puns, but there's more than one level; if you're a fan of DC or Marvel comics, watch sci-fi movies or know Australian and American politics and history there are some fine little gags buried in here.

There are also some very subtle sight gags - a film to watch the backgrounds as well as the foregrounds...

My particular favourite is what Christopher Lee eats in the film; watch the meal scenes and you'll see what I mean.

Don't worry too much about the plot - it is there and it makes sense, but it's a comic-book plot not a big story. Also, don't worry about some of the odder characters - they are ALL there for a reason, but if you haven't read/seen the right things you'll never work them out.

The songs are generally very clever and, despite the singing not being the best, well delivered. "Drinking Song" is probably the highlight, with Christopher Lee doing what he does best - showing his teeth and megalomaniac glare, although his "singing" is on a par with certain other actors (William Shatner and Telly Savalas come to mind). "Mr. Midnight" is also funny; shot as two scenes; Chris with leathers and whip, surrounded by scantily-clad dominatrices, Alan on a train trying to be anonymous whilst singing and dancing.

This is also Terry Pratchett's favourite film - I actually have one of his books signed "to the OTHER person who likes Captain Invincible". So there are at least *four* people in the world who loved this film - granted, the other two are my kids and they may be humouring their old man.


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